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Contract 1 - Coombe Farm Cottages, Trewen, Launceston PL15 8QF

We were invited to completely renovate an old dilapidated barn into yet another holiday let on a farm in Cornwall. They already had 3 renovated barns up and running called Godrevy Barn, Siblyback Cottage, Dozmary Cottage and the new one was to be called Morvoren Cottage - all named after bodies of water in Cornwall.

The first job was to dig the trenches and lay drainage pipes and soakaways. The next was to dig out the floor of the barn to give more height. A radon sump was built and the floor was insulated, damp proofed and concreted. We completely stripped the roof and built a new one with new timbers and timbered up the front elevation:

The roof and front elevation was then felted and battened and slated with reclaimed Cornish slates:

We built the roof so that the 'A' frames were visible with a vaulted ceiling. The electrician and plumber put in all the wires and pipes and internal walls were built. Then the interior was insulated and plaster boarded:

All the openings were prepared for Windows and doors. The customer wanted wooden ones to give the 'old barn' look and these had been ordered several weeks previously as they take a long time to make:

All internal walls and ceiling were plastered and painted:

Then the kitchen was fitted:

A wood burner was added to the corner and the inside was completed:

External walls were pointed and finished:

The exterior was completed with a garden fence and barbecue:

Converting Morvoren Cottage from an Unused Old Barn to Stunning Luxury Cottage

Work began in March 2014 on the newest addition to the Coombe Farm Cottages family, Morvoren Cottage. We had named it before work even started, using the Cornish word for mermaid. Already having a barn that sleeps 6, and two self catering cottages that sleep 4, we were pleased to add a different choice of cottage to the farm. Perfect for cosy couples to get away from it all, or for the grandparents when the family are staying in another cottage! It is set away from the courtyard for extra privacy.

Following months of careful planning, the builders started and the conversion quickly began to take shape. The first job was remove all the ivy from the walls, then the roof came off. Quickly a new roof with enormous timbers replaced the ancient one, with a carefully left hole for the chimney of the wood burning stove. While the builders worked away on the walls, windows, and started dividing up the inside into rooms, we started on the fun bit, how to furnish it.

We wanted an added bit of luxury, so added the underfloor heating, dishwasher, flat screen TVs (including one in the bedroom), black out curtains, and a P shaped bath with drench head shower over.

Soon enough, as the floors went down and the curtain rails went up, it was time for the final touches. The fencing went around the private garden and the grass grew very quickly.

Having spent time up at Morvoren Cottage finding homes for all the brand new inventory, hanging the curtains, cleaning the slate floor and burning off the wood stove ready to use, it struck me what a truly relaxing and peaceful location it is. Gazing out french doors over the green fields and sheep with not a house in sight, I was quite tempted to just move in myself then and there!

The place has been transformed in 6 months from a muddy old storage barn, to a stunning well finished high class holiday retreat. Don't just take my word for it, come on down and see for yourself.

Contact us today for a free quote.