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Architecture August, 22 2014

AR Design Turn this Historic Horse Stable into a Modern Home

Award-winning architects AR Design Studios have given a living piece of history a full-on facelift. They have completely refurbished a stable in the small village of Headbourne Worthy, near Winchester. The stable, which was once home to a Grand National winning racehorse by the name of “Lovely Cottage” has now been converted into a contemporary three-bedroom family home.

Although the stables have a rather illustrious history, they had fallen into disrepair until practice director Andy Ramus rediscovered their potential. In the wake of the calamity that was World War II, Lovely Cottage’s Grand National win signified much more than a simple horserace. It was the first true Aintree Grand National since 1940, and the first one after the war.

Now the former stable boasts a simple, minimalist design with plenty of white space and a deliciously airy mood. Ramus wanted to keep as much of the structure’s original character as possible, bringing back the existing internal walls and original timber with deep stains and rough finishes. The original stable troughs were also repurposed and put to use as sink basins, with old horse ties finding a home as towel rings right next to them. Clean, bright and modern, it’s a fitting homage to a forgotten time.

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