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Photography by Simon Upton
Charles Edwards bought Tile Barn in Northamptonshire, England, in 1986, and spent 18 months transforming the collection of tumbledown stone buildings into an elegantly evolved, unpretentious country home with his wife Julia Boston.
They began by making two buildings into one, building a passageway to link the cottage and barn – which once had a tiled roof, an unusual feature – before starting on the barn itself, which is now dominated by a huge sitting room. The image above shows the original cottage on the far left, adjoining a single storey entrance hall, which leads to a new two storey extension. At the centre of the image is the original hay barn, and the column barn is on the right. The barns were originally built around 1830. Locally quarried ironstone seamlessly links the facades.