Rags to riches renovations
The story of Cinderella is the ultimate rags to riches tale; with Charles Perraults original work inspiring a flurry of interpretations in both fiction and film. The recent film release, starring Downton Abbeys Lily James, is set to capture the public imagination, emphasising the potential for beauty and elegance in even the most dilapidated of things. Cinderella homes are those which have been lovingly restored, undergoing a transformation from derelict to highly desirable. We have selected a collection of beautifully renovated properties which have undergone a fairy tale makeover. Situated in Betchworth, Surrey, Reygate House is a three-bedroom imposing townhouse meticulously converted from its original use as a mill. Perfectly balancing period grandeur and modern design, the natural brick of the original water mill has been left exposed in a number of the rooms, while additions such as underfloor heating, luxurious bathrooms and a beautiful contemporary kitchen have been made. The principle reception rooms benefit from wonderful views over a tranquil pond, once used as a power source for the mill. The open plan design of the living space makes optimum use of the space, with cleverly placed light-wells ensuring the property remains flooded with light The property is on the market for 895,000 with our Dorking office (tel.: 01306 887560). For more information please click here.  Originally built as a brick grain store for the nearby farm at the turn of the 20th century, The Tower, in Ramsdean, Hampshire, has been transformed into an unusual home with cutting edge design. The top floor is taken up entirely with the master suite , with the windows bordering the parameter of the room allow for panoramic, far reaching, views of the surrounding countryside. There are two further bedrooms and open-plan living space, orientated to take optimum advantage of the striking views. The property is on the market for 1, 350,000 with our Midhurst office (tel.: 01730 812357). For more information please click here.  Situated in the small and charming town of Lound, Suffolk, The Great Barn has undergone multiple improvements over the past eight years. As the name suggests, the property was once used as a barn but now represents a spacious five-bedroom family home with over 4,000 square feet of living accommodation. Originally converted in 2008, the barn benefits from contemporary additions to its classic structure, including floor to ceiling windows and cutting-edge fittings. Further enhancements were made in 2010 including the installation of a solid wood fitted kitchen. Many of the rooms benefit from high vaulted ceilings, with period features including exposed oak beams and a large brick fireplace in the sitting room. The property is currently on the market for 725, 000 with our Norwich office (tel.: 01603 612333). For more information please click here.  Once completely derelict, Eden Kiln, in Old Wives Lees, Kent has been renovated into a stunning four bedroom home. Grade-II listed, the property comes with characteristic chequered brick construction, distinct white towers and a slate roof. Previously a Kentish Oast House, used for drying hops as part of the brewing process, the tastefully redesigned interiors include underfloor heating and new fittings throughout. Nestled in the North Downs area, known for its beautiful orchards and woodlands, this 19th century property is the perfect home for those seeking a classic piece of architecture with modern comforts. The property is on the market for 799, 950 with our offices in Canterbury (tel.: 01227 781600). For more information please click here.