Journalist Amy Maynard’s effortlessly chic converted outbuilding is the result of her ‘warehousey, not twee’ vision for a holiday rental that is a home away from home.

The Danes call it hygge – meaning the feeling of contentment that comes with being warm and snug and comfortable, in a nice space, with people you like, and yummy snacks and drinks to hand.

Amy limewashed the original bricks in the living area to make them look consistently aged. A black steel multiple-paned window looks through to the bedroom – which Amy wanted specifically to create that loft feeling

A black steel multiple-paned window looks through to the bedroom – which Amy wanted specifically to create that loft feeling

Amy limewashed the original bricks in the living area to make them look consistently aged. A black steel multiple-paned window looks through to the bedroom – which Amy wanted specifically to create that loft feeling

Amy limewashed the original bricks in the living area to make them look consistently aged

Light floods in from Crittal-style windows which lead out onto a decked terrace

Light floods in from Crittal-style windows which lead out onto a decked terrace

Connecting the indoors with the outdoors, the terrace provides a secluded spot to enjoy breakfast or an early evening glass of wine

Connecting the indoors with the outdoors, the terrace provides a secluded spot to enjoy breakfast or an early evening glass of wine

Connecting the indoors with the outdoors, the terrace provides a secluded spot to enjoy breakfast or an early evening glass of wine

It’s got the full ‘easy like Sunday morning’ (if you remember that seminal 1980s ad… if you don’t, you can Google it) loft-living vibe

The kitchen tap is also brass, the worktop marble-effect quartz – and this combination of black, white, brass and notes of warmer colours is a theme throughout the building

The kitchen tap is brass, the worktop marble-effect quartz – and this combination of black, white, brass and notes of warmer colours is a theme throughout the building

The second bedroom, with two built-in bunk beds, is painted a deep green. Guests often leave messages in an old printer’s tray, into which Amy has put some letter cubes

Guests often leave messages in an old printer’s tray, into which Amy has put some letter cubes

The second bedroom, with two built-in bunk beds, is painted a deep green. Guests often leave messages in an old printer’s tray, into which Amy has put some letter cubes

The second bedroom, with two built-in bunk beds, is painted a deep green

The second bedroom, with two built-in bunk beds, is painted a deep green. Guests often leave messages in an old printer’s tray, into which Amy has put some letter cubes

The view from the second bedroom, through to the living space

The bathroom is small but perfectly formed, with a shower screen that echoes the black metal Crittal-feel windows and doors throughout The Outbuilding

The bathroom is small but perfectly formed

The bathroom is small but perfectly formed, with a shower screen that echoes the black metal Crittal-feel windows and doors throughout The Outbuilding

The shower screen echoes the black metal Crittal-feel windows and doors throughout The Outbuilding

Amy found the bath locally and had it re-enamelled before painting it in Little Greene’s Light Peachblossom

Amy found the bath locally and had it re-enamelled before painting it in Little Greene’s Light Peachblossom

In the main bedroom, a pink and white striped headboard from The Headboard Workshop is upholstered in fabric by Vanessa Arbuthnot

In the main bedroom, a pink and white striped headboard from The Headboard Workshop is upholstered in fabric by Vanessa Arbuthnot

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