Living Large In Small Spaces - The Coach House

Today's featured small space is located just outside of Hay-on-Wye in Wales.

Welcome to the eighty-second post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".

From the outside this converted brick Victorian Coach House appears quite traditional. 

But step inside and you're in for a surprise.

The contemporary interior is open, bright and filled with quirky character.

The streamlined kitchen features textured kitchen cupboards made of recycled wood paired with unusual white units. Countertops are stainless steel.

The staircase is a work of art -- more like a sculpture than a functional part of the home.

Exposed ceiling joists painted white add interest and visually make the ceilings seem higher.

Layers of textiles and color warms the living room.

I do love the stable doors.

The bathroom is unique. Apparently the brightly colored tile strip spells out  a message in morse code, though I have no idea what it says. 

I've noticed exposed plumbing, such as seen here, is trending.

I don't know why, but I thought of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when I saw this photo of the shower.

A definite industrial vibe.

The second floor is minimalist with a rustic twist.

Vaulted ceilings make the small bedrooms seem larger.

Natural light flows into the second bedroom through the addition of skylights.

The petite, charming terrace is accessed through a stable door.

A footbridge leads to a walking path to Hay.

Seems so soothing, doesn't it?

What do you think of historical homes with contemporary interiors?

All photos are the property of  Blaentrothy Holiday Cottages and were used with their permission.

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Living Large in Small Spaces

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  1. LOVE it!

    That staircase...gasp!

    Love the outdoors too. Just a win all around!

  2. Beautiful little home. I love the stairs the most, well maybe your Willy Wanka bathroom too. I am a big girl so something like this will never do for me. Enjoy your cute little doll house. And thank you for sharing.

  3. Ha ha. I agree with the Willy Wonka title. That's what makes these visits so special. We just never know what you will share next.

  4. This looks like a house that would have to be in a warm cute . The shower is funny. I would love this as a lake cottage. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

  5. Historical homes with contemporary interior? Personally, I prefer character, charm, old, I am not very modern! I do believe you should respect the age of the house.
    However, I realise I am a tad old fashioned and sometimes it can work with mixing it up a bit!
    There are some fantastic features in this house, it looks loved and cheerful, which lets face it, are two very important factors to make a home.

  6. I don't think I'd be very comfortable in this cottage - It would feel cold to me. The industrial look of the plumbing is interesting but would be fiddly to keep clean, especially with any mineral deposits in the water. I guess I'm a bit of a traditionalist and like a house that has an inside that matches the expectations raised by the outside.

  7. I love seeing how people make the most of small spaces! I prefer warm and country and am not a fan of industrial, but, even though I wouldn't choose it, I still like looking at what other people like. I enjoyed visiting with you today! God bless you. :)

  8. Love the exterior in this cottage and the colors of the doors.

  9. I am a fan of the modern rustic style and this fits it perfectly. Totally my kind of place!
    And yes, a short walk to Hay would be exactly right!

  10. I am a fan of the modern rustic style and this fits it perfectly. Totally my kind of place!
    And yes, a short walk to Hay would be exactly right!

  11. I'm not opposed to modern interiors inside old buildings. I'd rather have that than abandonned old buildings. Thus said, this one is not my favourite. While I love some details, it's a little too complicated for the eye to my personal taste.

  12. Oh Nancy, you have such a good eye for selecting the best cottages! Every Sunday I can't wait to open my email to see if your blog post has come up, and when it does, I grab my tea or my breakfast and enjoy the tour.

    The stable doors, the rustic fireplace coupled with the clean renovations of quirky and streamlined really work here. These small spaces are beautifully treated to maximize every inch of space seamlessly. You'd never know the place was so small! And to boot, the stream, the tiny garden loft, just enough space to enjoy the outdoors, the village! HEAVENLY!

  13. What a gorgeous area, I love the village! Have a wonderful day Nancy!


  14. Hi Nancy, you ask our opinion about historical homes with contemporary interiors . . . I have a love/hate relationship with this. Part of me likes the contemporary clean lines, but I think it looses so much of the warmth, coziness and charm that I truly love about older homes. I do love that these people left the old doors and used the exposed pipes in the bathroom . . . that was so whimsical and fun and certain redeemed a lot of charm. What is it about steampunk that is so intriguing and fun?
    You are batting a hundred in your cottage tours. I look forward to each and every one.
    Have a very sweet day, my friend.
    Connie :)

  15. I think you should preserve the character of old houses. This house would not be on my list at all. But isn't that what makes this world interesting? Different likes and dislikes? As someone else mentioned, the home looks loved.

  16. I usually don't care for contemporary homes, but have to say this one is really cute. I love the bathroom, it is my favorite room in the house. The stairway is really cool, too.
    Have a great week, Nancy.

  17. Loved the cottage . . . from the outside, so quaint . .
    And the inside, it makes a separate artistic statement . .
    Like an "oh my" on that staircase . . .
    And the outdoor setting/surroundings . . .
    A mega . . . OH MY!

  18. It is unique but it is missing the cozy factor!! Too modern for me. The outdoors is very pretty.

  19. I really like the outside, brick and gray trim.
    Inside, well... not my style. But I like the bistro table with the checked table cloth. Plus, all you need to do is stroll through a field to town, perfect!

  20. Hi,
    The inside of this one is not my favorite. I do not care for the exposed plumbing idea. I liked what you said about Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
    I do like the staircase. And the outside.

  21. Ok, that was not at all what I expected, but it's interesting. There are a lot of traditional aspects that I do like a lot and the modern touches are whimsical and cozy. I could visit....but not sure I could live there. Thanks for sharing. This was an interesting one!

  22. I love the outside...and the white fireplace and it is a charming home. but there's not one bone inside me that enjoys contemporary on any level. Outdoor settings are wonderful..

  23. The wood in this house definitely brings out the feeling in this small home. I also particularly like how there is a definite personality in the rooms and how the kitchen has just the right amount of storage too!

  24. Thanks for sharing the nice ideas.


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