Old stone council shed virtually unrecognisable following makeover
A younger Rachel Holcroft would walk by a council shed in Cartmel, Cumbria made out of stone containing a steamroller and a truck. In 2010, when the shed was no longer in use, Rachel and husband Ian purchased the neighbouring building.
The couple initially intended to use the shed for storage purposes, but once they saw how quickly it was deteriorating, they decided to turn it into holiday accommodation. They now call the building, equipped with underfloor heating, the Old Roller Shed.
They used Burlington stone tiles to replace the roof, and glass and aluminium in place of the wooden doors, which allows light to shone through, providing a more spacious feel. There is also a greater air of privacy, thanks to the remote controlled electric roller blinds.
Underfloor heating provides warmth on the ground floor, while the patterned tiling in the shower provides a more elegant look.
Talking to the North-West Evening Mail, Rachel said:
“It was going to be a cream box otherwise – those tiles just give it something.”
Speaking of her delight at the building’s new look, Rachel added:
“It’s better than I ever thought it would be. I do love it but I still worry about it all the time. I still get nervous when people book in because I want everything to be absolutely perfect.”
A number of guests have made repeat visits to the accommodation, which now boasts numerous keen fans, with one referencing the old Carlsberg beer adverts by implying it was the best shed in the world.