Renovation story – The Potting Shed

Mary and Andrew found a beautiful house in the Kingsgate village area of Winchester 14 years ago.  The house and garden needed renovating and Mary being a keen gardener set to work creating an idyllic courtyard garden in front of the the old 1950s greenhouse. Mary could see the potential of the garage and greenhouse area immediately. The space lent itself to the addition of an elegant oak framed barn dropped into the existing outbuilding and so, The Potting Shed was born.

The Potting Shed Exterior

After much toing and froing with the planning permission department due to conservation area restrictions, work finally began to develop this space which has made wonderful additional accommodation for the overspill of family and friends at the Dolman’s house, along with a thriving business welcoming holiday guests to this historic English city.

Mary had a very firm idea of how she wanted The Potting Shed to be – a natural and simply furnished space of outstanding quality. ‘We have tried to use the best linen, goose-down duvets, pillows and of course high quality mattresses. I always put myself in their shoes’ Mary told us –  and it seems to have worked a treat.

The Potting Shed Interior


The barn structure reflects the fact that it was a working building with it’s beautiful beams – it has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. 

The Potting Shed is not only visually stunning from the inside but from the moment you enter the lovely garden, your senses are awakened with the scent and colour of flowers and foliage of a traditional English cottage garden.

The Potting Shed Kitchen

The kitchen is simple and well equipped with Bosch appliances, the wooden effect flooring is in fact ceramic tiling from Fired Earth, highlighting how you can stay authentic with interiors without missing out on the ease and quality of modern life.

The Potting Shed Bedroom

Upstairs, the bedroom doubles as a sitting room, with plenty of space and clever storage ideas.  The Danish designed slatted oak bedside tables and bench double in size by pulling out the boxes underneath when required. 
They were found locally in a lovely interiors shop and continue to reflect the green oak of the barn.

The Potting Shed Bathroom

The sweetest of ensuite shower rooms has been created, using high quality ceramic ware and taps. Mary managed to save on the tiles, which are an exquisite patchwork design and actually came from an online retailer.

Take a closer look at The Potting Shed here...