Fellside Cottages – Renovation

The farmhouse and barns were originally a working dairy farm, which fell into a sad state of disrepair. In 2003 we took on the enormous project of restoring the farm buildings and began with a complete renovation of the farmhouse itself. It is a Grade 2 listed traditional Westmorland longhouse, and we have tried very hard to retain the character and many original features of the building without sacrificing the comforts of modern living.

You can see from the photos below what an enormous task the farmhouse renovation was. Original features such as the stone pantry and the oak shutters in the lounge had to be removed whilst all the work was carried out. There were times when it seemed the house would never be habitable again, especially when the mini digger arrived to dig up the floors and drove right into the living room! One large beam in the living room took 4 men to lift it into place and the moment when we discovered the crack in the stone lintel of the fireplace should never be repeated!

With the farmhouse restored we started to work on creating a whole new unit in the barn, which would make the most of the views out to the Pennines. We had to use a crane to replace the roof but the new oak beams are now on display in the vaulted ceiling of the lounge. The final, and largest, property, The Dairy, was a less daunting, but no less rewarding, task.