When the Carrelet family bought their family house they were pleased to have some extra space in the shape of a lovely old barn not far from their house.
This was originally renovated in the 1970s when the owners needed it to entertain shooting and hunting parties after a day out crossing the landscape beyond. A big fire was lit in the woodburner and feet would be warmed, and a spot of sloe gin consumed before huge plates of steaming stew would be served to hungry guests.
With a background in interior design, Catherine Carrelet has cleverly sourced and put together a wonderful and ecletic mix of furnishings to create the most heavenly quirky interior at The Old Hunting Lodge. Keen to get plenty of light into the barn, Catherine designed a window to fit the space which once housed the huge barn doors.
Next the owners created the interior with a clever additional wall as they added an extra oak beam to make it look like it has been there since the construction. Catherine made the decision to paint all the orange coloured pine a lovely fresh white with Dulux Brilliant White eggshell which transformed the interior, she chose one of the latest Farrow & Ball colours as an accent on the bannisters which has given it a contemporary feel.
With the help of her carpenter Catherine created the wonderful oak doors which fold back and are a feature in themselves and a small side table which fits perfectly round the chimney flue.
As she has always worked in interiors and has helped put together interiors for clients nearby, Catherine enjoyed visiting the local antique and second hand shops in neighbouring towns and villages and has collected some amazing pieces such as the Cuban bar which she found in an antique shop in Nailsworth. She spoke about the fabulous Friday market in Stroud where local crafts and food are sold and it’s a chance to pick up all sorts of bargains from lovely teatowels to cutlery and china – some great vintage finds!
Catherine has scoured the local area for pieces and has a few favourite haunts such as Habedashery Twist in Stroud where Trudie stocks beautiful lampshades, The Malt House which has a great mix of furnishings and Painswick Fabrics in Painswick who has bundles of gorgeous fabrics and ends of lines at great prices.
Sew & So is Catherine’s favourite place in Stroud, a lovely old fashioned sewing shop. The Blanket Box upholstery company, also in Stroud deserves a mention where Judith upholsters a chair at a time in her little workshop.
With a clever eye, Catherine has renovated and furnished The Old Hunting Lodge beautifully and on a shoestring, she will continue to pick up lovely things from her trips to local vintage shops in this very unspoilt area of the Cotswolds.
There is a great sense of space and the design has allowed so much more light to flow through the property, it really is such a magical place to spend a few days, you won’t want to leave!
The Old Hunting Lodge
Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds
Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms: 2 | From £434
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