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A couple have revealed how they turned a 700-year-old barn on the brink of collapse into a spectacular family home after making a ‘half-a-million-pounds leap of faith’.
Rob and Claire Colwill bought the derelict Grade II-listed property in Bude, Cornwall, in 2012 as they wanted a family home by the sea in which to raise their three children – Isabelle, eight, Eliza, five, and Esme, two.
They reveal on More 4 show Homes By The Sea how they discovered the 14th-century barn had been on the market for some time but nobody had been brave enough to take on the challenge of restoring it.
Rob, who owns an estate agency, said: ‘I grew up in Bude and went to school here and I met Claire here 17 years ago when she was on holiday.
‘We lived in Bath together for seven years but I was so motivated to get back to Bude, it was a real passion for me to get back to the coast and she also felt the desire.’
The pair lived in the town centre of Bude for several years until the opportunity arose to buy the barn.
Claire, a graphic designer, admits it was a ‘massive project’ but they saw the potential to revive the tithe barn and make a functional and stylish home under its beautiful 700-year-old oak beamed roof. […]