The large wooden post by the kitchen table hints at the building’s previous incarnation as a bullock breeding unit!

The large wooden post by the kitchen table hints at the building’s previous incarnation as a bullock breeding unit!

The kitchen is packed with retro charm. The large wooden post by the kitchen table hints at the building’s previous incarnation as a bullock breeding unit!

The kitchen is packed with retro charm

Polly the delightful collie-doodle

Polly the delightful collie-doodle

Many of the objects on display in the sitting room belong to Dave, most of them model boats

Many of the objects on display in the sitting room belong to Dave, most of them model boats

The downstairs loo is a homage to political satire

The downstairs loo is a homage to political satire

The dining room is painted a tranquil green

The dining room is painted a tranquil green

The studio, at the end of the house, offers the perfect space for Dave to create his rural and village street scenes and Sue her portraits and life drawings

The studio, at the end of the house, offers the perfect space for Dave to create his rural and village street scenes and Sue her portraits and life drawings

The studio is home to more of Dave's boats and a wonderful bright yellow plan chest

The studio is home to more of Dave's boats and a wonderful bright yellow plan chest

Neatly arranged boats line the ascent to the first floor

Neatly arranged boats line the ascent to the first floor

A painting of Hastings by the late Anne-Catherine Phillips takes pride of place at the top of the stairs

A painting of Hastings by the late Anne-Catherine Phillips takes pride of place at the top of the stairs

Collections of framed butterflies and portraits line the bare brick wall in the master bedroom. The quilt was handmade locally

Collections of framed butterflies and portraits line the bare brick wall in the master bedroom. The quilt was handmade locally

The girls’ bedrooms

The girls’ bedrooms

The bedrooms are colourful and charming

The bedrooms are colourful and charming

A striped water container has been re-purposed as a display shelf for succulents

A striped water container has been re-purposed as a display shelf for succulents

A secluded and tranquil seating area, concealed by borders, can be found at the back of the garden

A secluded and tranquil seating area, concealed by borders, can be found at the back of the garden

A flamingo keeps an eye on the garden

A flamingo keeps an eye on the garden

The couple’s garden is home to a collection of metal birds, nestled amongst the pots and foliage

The couple’s garden is home to a collection of metal birds, nestled amongst the pots and foliage

Dave created a water feature from an oversized tap and metal watering can

Dave created a water feature from an oversized tap and metal watering can

17th Century Farmhouse

Stella Hayes initially fell in love with the property's glorious garden. She has gone on to create a beautiful home.

60s Themed Seaside Holiday Home

I’m sure we’ve all thought about buying a house by the sea – perhaps after an idyllic holiday, or a bracing walk, even just a drive along the coast. On the morning we visit James Rourke’s house, as the sullen...

A Butterfly Unfurled

When Sally Harrington opens the huge front door of her Kentish weatherboard home I assume that the 1950s bungalow that once stood here was demolished to make way for the new house. “No,” she says, “it’s still in here somewhere,...