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RG020: Georgian Farmhouse
Photos: Richard Gadsby / Narratives
Text & Styling: Aileen O'Brien / Narratives

Artist Amanda Troy needed all of her creative vision to see beyond the
neglected wreck she discovered some 26 years ago when she first spied the
house that was to become her much-loved home. 'I used to drive my baby
daughter Natasha around most afternoons to get her to off to sleep and one
day I saw a For Sale sign at the top of a drive,' recalls Amanda. 'At the end
of a track, there was this wreck of a house.
'No one had lived in it for years. The farm manager had been virtually
camping in the kitchen and there were dead kittens in some of the rooms. It
was really horrible but I could see the potential. I loved the classical
proportions of it, the lovely high ceilings, which is quite unusual for a
farmhouse. It seemed to be saying, “Save me, I could be a lovely family
At the time, Amanda and her husband Duncan were living nearby in a
cottage they'd renovated. 'We needed more space because we knew we
wanted more children. We also wanted ponies and there were stables with
the house.'
The first priority was to sort out the roof and walls, which needed urgent
attention. The unsightly metal windows also had to go. 'We replaced them
with handmade wooden ones, which were very expensive.'
With most of the budget spent on roof, walls and windows, the rest of the
house was updated gradually. 'It's grade 2 listed so we can't make major
changes, but actually the layout is fine, very traditional,' says Amanda. 'Most
of the work was cosmetic. Though I love colour, we painted everything in
magnolia at first just to clean it all up. Then once I worked out what I
wanted, I redecorated room by room.'

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