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Linda Barker’s country cottage goes up for sale for £475,000

 

Interior designer Linda Barker is Changing Rooms and potential buyers can get their hands on her beautifully-styled home complete with modern kitchen, plush bedrooms and glorious British countryside views for £475,000.

The pretty country cottage in Ellerton, east Yorkshire, is perfect for those who hate DIY as the house has already had a makeover by the designer – meaning families can put their feet up and the kettle on as soon as they buy.

Barker and her former TV executive husband Chris Short have owned the house for 15 years and have added two extensions in that time, adding space and a few mod-cons to the rustic looking property.

 


 

Changing Rooms: Interior designer Linda Barker is selling up and potential buyers can get their hands on her beautifully-styled home for £475,000. The house has 1,874 sq ft of accommodation with the large kitchen/diner, which was fitted about two years ago, a lounge with an open fireplace, a dining room, a snug with a log burner, four bedrooms and three bathrooms

 

Changing Rooms: Interior designer Linda Barker is selling up and potential buyers can get their hands on her beautifully-styled home for £475,000. The house has 1,874 sq ft of accommodation with the large kitchen/diner, which was fitted about two years ago, a lounge with an open fireplace, a dining room, a snug with a log burner, four bedrooms and three bathrooms

They are now selling because she has taken on another property project in the area and Stradbroke Villa is on the market with estate agents Savills.

The couple extended Stradbroke Villa twice, doubling the size of the kitchen to include a breakfast area and make the most of the countryside views by adding a dining room with an abundance of windows to let the light pour in.

The house now has 1,874 sq ft of accommodation with the large kitchen/diner, which was fitted about two years ago, a lounge with an open fireplace, a dining room, snug with a log burner, four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The garden has been landscaped for easy maintenance with a hardwood decking area and a slate and Yorkshire stone paved terrace.

Ellerton is an attractive village on the western edge of East Yorkshire, about 15 miles from York.

Barker, 56, said: ‘We have had the house for about 15 years and extended it twice in that time. It’s the perfect country cottage with roses around the front door.

 

The couple extended Stradbroke Villa twice, doubling the size of the kitchen to include a breakfast area and make the most of the countryside views. They added and a stylish dining room and en suite bathroom for the master bedroom. A wood-effect island with marble top in the centre-point of the kitchen where families can cook and dine together in a relaxed setting

 

The couple extended Stradbroke Villa twice, doubling the size of the kitchen to include a breakfast area and make the most of the countryside views. They added and a stylish dining room and en suite bathroom for the master bedroom. A wood-effect island with marble top in the centre-point of the kitchen where families can cook and dine together in a relaxed setting.

 

With two wall ovens and ample storage space, the house in ideal for growing families who want the pleasure of a countryside setting coupled with the mod-cons of city life. Skylights, restored benches and floor to ceiling glass windows allow light to stream in on sunny days 

 

With two wall ovens and ample storage space, the house in ideal for growing families who want the pleasure of a countryside setting coupled with the mod-cons of city life. Skylights, restored benches and floor to ceiling glass windows allow light to stream in on sunny days

‘On paper it seems quite grand because it’s got three reception areas but it’s got quite a cosy cottage feel.

‘It definitely reflects my style – a mix of old and new, contemporary influences as well as antique beds and wardrobes and other salvaged items – that’s how I work.

‘Changing Rooms was a long time ago and there’s not really any influence from that in this house – nothing has been done as a quick fix, I’ve spent time doing it up.

 

Barker, 56, said: 'We have had the house for about 15 years and extended it twice in that time. It's the perfect country cottage with roses around the front door. It has been lavished with attention and perfectly done so people are essentially getting the finished product. They can just walk in and take the whole lot if they wanted'

 

Barker, 56, said: ‘We have had the house for about 15 years and extended it twice in that time. It’s the perfect country cottage with roses around the front door. It has been lavished with attention and perfectly done so people are essentially getting the finished product. They can just walk in and take the whole lot if they wanted’.

 

Beautifully styled bedrooms were Linda's specialty on the BBC property show and this example is no different. French windows opening out to gorgeous green views with a vintage wardrobe painted cream to match the taupe coloured walls

 

Beautifully styled bedrooms were Linda’s specialty on the BBC property show and this example is no different. French windows opening out to gorgeous green views with a vintage wardrobe painted cream to match the taupe coloured walls.

‘We have totally loved that house and everybody that comes to it is really impressed with it. We never really intended to move on but I’m renovating another property in the area.

‘It has been lavished with attention and perfectly done so people are essentially getting the finished product. They can just walk in and take the whole lot if they wanted.

‘This is my business, making beautiful properties is something that I really love to do. It’s a very beautiful village and the house overlooks countryside with far-reaching views.’

 

The garden has been landscaped for easy maintenance with a hardwood decking area and a slate and Yorkshire stone paved terrace. Ellerton is an attractive village on the western edge of East Yorkshire, about 15 miles from York. Linda explained: 'It's a very beautiful village and the house overlooks countryside with far-reaching views'

 

The garden has been landscaped for easy maintenance with a hardwood decking area and a slate and Yorkshire stone paved terrace. Ellerton is an attractive village on the western edge of East Yorkshire, about 15 miles from York. Linda explained: ‘It’s a very beautiful village and the house overlooks countryside with far-reaching views’.

 

Offering a bathroom with an elegant tub in the centre of the room, washing and pampering shouldn't be a problem while free standing shower in the corner gives buyers the opportunity to alternate between luxurious baths and refreshing showers

 

Offering a bathroom with an elegant tub in the centre of the room, washing and pampering shouldn’t be a problem while free standing shower in the corner gives buyers the opportunity to alternate between luxurious baths and refreshing showers.

 

Barker, who has also written design books, has continued to do interior design for individual clients throughout her career

 

Barker, who has also written design books, has continued to do interior design for individual clients throughout her career.

Barker made her TV debut on the popular BBC DIY show Changing Rooms, which saw top designers team up with couples who swap homes with their friends or neighbours and do makeovers on a room in each other’s houses.

While contestants often dreaded Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen being let loose in their property with his wacky ideas, Barker’s designs were usually well-received thanks to her elegant creativity that was also liveable.

She was one of the original designers on the show from 1996 and left after six years to pursue other projects, including ITV shows With A Little Help From My Friends and 60 Minute Makeover, designing sofas for dfs and creating her own wallpaper range for Crown.

 

A comfy living room with Persian rugs beneath matching cream couches are a perfect example of her blending of comfort and style. Elegant lighting and French-paneled windows add to the light and airy feel while a fireplace reminds buyers of the homes' countryside setting

 

A comfy living room with Persian rugs beneath matching cream couches are a perfect example of her blending of comfort and style. Elegant lighting and French-paneled windows add to the light and airy feel while a fireplace reminds buyers of the homes’ countryside setting.

 

Barker made her TV debut on the popular BBC DIY show Changing Rooms, which saw top designers team up with couples who swap homes with their friends or neighbours and do makeovers on a room in each other's houses. Barker's designs were usually well-received thanks to her elegant creativity that was also liveable

 


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