Stables in the grounds of a Grade II listed manor house in Hampshire have now been converted into a family home. Nigel and Sarah Roberts bought the 17th century property, which once housed Grand National winner Lovely Cottage, in 2010 and renovated the main residence before starting work on the stables.
Although the stables were described as a block, the actual building was derelict and the roof was collapsing. Rather than let the facilities go to ruin, the couple decided to invest in the renovation of the building and create a three-bedroom home, complete with underfloor heating, which could be rented out.
After carrying out some research, the couple discovered that the stables had once housed a Grand National-winning racehorse. Lovely Cottage was trained by Tommy Rayson, who was the occupier of the property, and won the prestigious race in 1946.
Once planning permission had been received to change the structure into a residential property, work began. The wooden partitions which had separated the individual stalls had to remain, so toughened glass and mirrors were used to create partitions while maintaining the feeling of open space.
The troughs used to hold the horse feed have been converted into hand basins for the bathroom. The slate roof has been repaired, and repairs were carried out to the exterior of the property. In memory of the famous horse, the house has been named Lovely Cottage.
Electric underfloor heating can be installed in just about any kind of property, as this renovation demonstrates.