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I love living in our corner of Eden

Debbie and Richard Greaves have created their own version of paradise in a period cottage nestled in the Cumbrian hills
Richard made the units using reclaimed wood and ironmongery. The dining table was given by a neighbour who was moving house, so Debbie stripped the wax off it and painted the legs, adding chairs bought from various antique shops. The original ceiling beams are so delicate that Richard built a new floor with a cavity in the bedroom above to prevent them getting damaged
Photos Katie Lee

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The stone flags were taken from one of the outbuildings and relaid in the kitchen.

Many years ago there would have been cattle in Debbie and Richard’s living room, their breath and body heat warming the kitchen scullery next door. Now the cattle are long gone and there is a modern log fire to heat the entire house. The stone flagged kitchen has an Aga instead of a cast-iron range and there are reclaimed floorboards where there used to be straw. But Debbie and Richard were keen to preserve the original fabric, character and charm of the shepherd’s cottage, which is one of four farm buildings they have renovated and converted at A Corner of Eden in the stunning Eden Valley since they moved here 10 years ago. ‘When we bought the farmhouse it came with a group of dilapidated barns and outbuildings which we have turned into holiday accommodation,’ says Debbie. ‘We moved from one property to another as we renovated. The cottage was created from part of the Georgian farmhouse and an adjoining medieval long house.’

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