Food has always been important to my family,” laughs Mary Gwynn. So it’s not surprising that, after attending Leith’s School of Food and Wine in the year between school and university, Mary decided not to pursue her university place.

The glazed link from the original property to the extension is now the main entrance to the property

The glazed link from the original property to the extension is now the main entrance to the property

The spacious sitting room is in the extension and is flooded with light and space

The spacious sitting room is in the extension and is flooded with light and space

The painting of water lilies was bought from a friend of Mary’s daughter who had completed it for her art A Level

The painting of water lilies was bought from a friend of Mary’s daughter who had completed it for her art A Level

The spacious dining room leads off the kitchen. The poster of Kentish hop gardens above the fireplace is a former advertisement for British Rail; one of Mary’s grandfather’s thirteenth-century oak tables sits next to the fireplace

The spacious dining room leads off the kitchen. The poster of Kentish hop gardens above the fireplace is a former advertisement for British Rail; one of Mary’s grandfather’s thirteenth-century oak tables sits next to the fireplace

The kitchen is, unsurprisingly, the hub of Mary and Derek’s home

The kitchen is, unsurprisingly, the hub of Mary and Derek’s home

The bed in the master bedroom was selected from And So To Bed so that the couple could see straight out of the window as they sipped their tea

The bed in the master bedroom was selected from And So To Bed so that the couple could see straight out of the window as they sipped their tea

The staircase leads from the internal hallway

The staircase leads from the internal hallway

The fireplaces in the bedrooms were probably installed when the oast was converted in 1890

The fireplaces in the bedrooms were probably installed when the oast was converted in 1890

Ruby the family terrier is very at home in the house

Ruby the family terrier is very at home in the house

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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