Visit this historic farmhouse full of antiques, art and color


When artist Nellie Shepherd was looking for a new home, it wasn’t just her and her husband Andy she had to consider. She planned to run an art school, so the setting and views around the house had to be perfect for her skilled artist’s eye. And the landscape beyond was to be a source of inspiration for the students who would arrive in time to paint.

Luckily, the old farmhouse she found was beautiful inside and out – or at least Nellie knew it could be with a little work. Five years later, the work completed, the renovated house, its setting and its sensitive renovation combine to create a truly special place to live.

The oldest parts of the old farmhouse date back to 1660, with additions made throughout its history. Nellie soon discovered that very little had been done to maintain the seven-bedroom property for years. So, with the help of a builder who specializes in heritage, she set to work putting the house back together.

The roof had to be removed and all the ceilings collapsed as most of the rafters were rotten and every lintel had to be replaced. It’s been stripped down to the bricks, but Nellie was adamant that the old farmhouse shouldn’t lose its character and the beautifully rounded newly whitewashed walls are one of the renovation details she’s credited with. more proud.

It would, however, be entirely wrong to suggest that Nellie is stuck in the past when it comes to interior design. She agrees that houses have to evolve to fit the way we live today, provided you get the bone structure right first – the beams, the roof and the whitewash all had to go through. first. Thus, the interiors are fresh, colorful and even contemporary in places. There’s a boho country look that matches the fabric of the old building, but also the colorful modern artwork and dramatic Peak District scenery outside. We’ve selected our favorite and most inspiring spaces – take the tour.


Kitchen with blue cabinets and blue island with hanging utensil holder and open shelving

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There are actually two kitchens in the old farmhouse. Nellie uses this one to cook for her art school students. There is plenty here to inspire anyone looking kitchen ideas. Nellie designed the floating storage unit above the island, incorporating lights, and had it made by a local blacksmith. The custom cabinets were also built to his design by a local cabinetmaker. Having items made to your own plans in this manner not only saves money, but also ensures you get the finished look you want.

butchers block in the kitchen with open door and chickens outside

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An old, worn butcher block provides welcome additional display space near the back door. The landscape painting is by Richard Kitson.

Dining area

open concept dining room with kitchen behind

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Backed by the second kitchen in the house, this open-plan dining room merges the two spaces. dining room ideas It is worth borrowing the use of old pews, which provide plenty of additional seating for visitors and add character to the space. The large pendant light above the table was designed by Nellie and made by a local blacksmith from rusty steel to give an industrial look. The brick wall was uncovered during the raising of the ceiling and was grouted in sandstone. It provides an extra layer of texture and emphasizes the open space.

The living room

living room with yellow sofas and sliding glass doors

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It’s hard to imagine that this sunny living space started life as a garage, before Nellie transformed it and added folding doors. The two landscape paintings are Nellie’s own interpretation of the inspiring view outside the farmhouse. His the living room ideas include the incorporation of plants, flowers and artwork into decor and the recognition of the importance of lighting in creating atmosphere.


veranda with green painted window frames and dining table

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After some of the rotting wood and glass was replaced, the 1980s conservatory was given a striking new look with a coat of fresh green paint. The window seat conceals storage and was made by a local carpenter. The woodwork is painted in Invisible Green by Edward Bulmer Natural Paint.


stair hall and front door with scalloped jute rug

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There are a lot of halways ideas of note in the central farmhouse hall, which runs from the front to the back of the original part of the house. A series of ceiling pendants were combined with gallery light fixtures – an important detail in an artist’s home. A palette of restful blues frames the view through the glass front door, and a scalloped-edge jute rug is the perfect fit for the main lobby section.


bedroom with white walls, beamed ceiling and a pink throw

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There is no lack of bedroom ideas in this seven-bedroom house. Here in the loft, the bed is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the full height of the loft space, its height highlighted with off-white paint and soft shades of pink and warm white to add texture, as well as fringed lampshades. The painting above the bed was purchased during her husband Andy’s trips to China.

bedroom with original fireplace white painted floor exposed beams and wardrobe

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Nellie decided to transform this bedroom into a guest bedroom/dressing room. Soft pastel tones create a restful and romantic look with the original fireplace providing a central focus, with a vintage cabinet, a tailor’s dummy and an antique painting above the fireplace, all from an antique market local.

bedroom with pink walls and modern white four poster bed with pink sheets

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Taking advantage of every square inch of roof height, a modern four-poster bed shares the spotlight with the original beams in the second loft bedroom. Pretty pink linens complement Nellie’s choice of paint finish for the walls, while the original floor planks have been painted to further brighten the space.



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If you are looking bathroom ideas, there is a lot of inspiration here. This luxurious space combines an old style roll top, with a totally practical wet room style shower in the corner of the room. The original stone walls have been left exposed at either end of the room, an attractive detail that works well with the original wooden beam on the ceiling.

The outdoor space

table set for lunch with white tablecloth and matching chairs outside with a view of the fields

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Lucky students from Nellie’s School of Art can have lunch outdoors, overlooking the landscape they are painting. For more details on Nellie’s art lessons at the old farmhouse, visit Bullclough Art School.


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