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cheap laminate flooring. “Pretty grim,” admits Salma of the floors she inherited. “I wanted to give the building an old farmhouse feel to reflect its heritage as a working building.” She replaced the floors with farmhouse flagstones. The original – slightly less than sophisticated agricultural origin of the bedrooms – is celebrated in the names of the rooms and reflected in the original curiosities that she has kept in each room. “I wanted the rooms to reflect their original use,” explains Salma. “The Tack Room is so named because it still has the original large nails in the wall, which would have been used to hang horse tack on.” Similarly, the Cow Shed refers to the fact the cows were


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milked in the outbuildings. Names for additional rooms came from local anecdotes – her octogenarian neighbour remembered that the farm outbuildings were once called The Mowhay. The wonderfully named ‘Piggery’ is now her son’s room. Following housing pigs, it was later converted to a car port, says Salma, adding that she “built it up to form part of the main house.” Throughout the house canvas photographs decorate the hall walls of beaches and surfboards, reminding you that you are only a few minutes from the Atlantic ocean. Aerial photographs also show the cottages before work began, offering a glimpse of the original buildings. Despite the difficulties completing the project, the travel, and the stress of building during the pandemic, Salma says it is worth it “a hundred times over”.


The Covid-19 lockdown has delayed her move


to Cornwall, but with her son now enrolled in the local school, The Roundhouse is set to become their forever home by 2022.


“It is a very special place and I felt so drawn to it,” she says. “It called out to me and was meant to be. I will not deny that it has been hard – not least because of the massive life changes that have occurred during the period of renovation – but it has been such a great experience for me, and I have learned a lot and ended up with a very special home.” 


jul/aug 2021


TOP TIPS


“Be prepared to invest a lot of time, especially if you are project manager. Also be flexible and roll with the unfolding surprises as they come.


“These kinds of projects are a bit like opening Pandora’s box – you don’t know what you are going to find until you get stuck in. Don’t be put off by the extent of renovations required; embrace the challenge. If you find a property you absolutely love then it will be well worth your efforts!”


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