A FARMHOUSE based in Stroud appeared on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Old House, New Home in its series opener.

In the first episode of the new series, Phil and Leighla, who have two young boys, transformed their Georgian farmhouse in Stroud with an industrial-style extension.

The couple bought the farmhouse for £605,000.

About its exterior, George Clarke explained: “Grade II listed, from the front, it has perfectly proportioned Georgian features.”

“But round the back, it's a concrete jungle. A mish mash of 20th century additions and finishes has rendered it more unsightly than stately. Inside, it's equally mixed up.”

Phil and Leighla had a budget of £125,000 and the couple went for an extension as well as to renovate the loft. They went over their budget by £15,000

About the property, Phil had said: “There's quite a lot that doesn't work at the moment, it needs love putting back into it. We don't want it to look like everyone else's house because it's not like everyone else's house."

“We want it to by sympathetic but also reflect us,” said Leighla.

George Clarke remarked: “Its shabby 70s kitchen was hardly the heart of the home, while two lesser used reception rooms at the back of the house enjoyed the best views and were packed with original features,' he said. 'The solution was to knock the lot through and reconfigure the space.”

“From the materials to the colour palette, Phil and Leighla have absolutely hit the spot with this modern take on a traditional country kitchen. And they couldn't have done a better job of uncovering, restoring and incorporating all of the listed traditionally features.”

“Having that stone on show, you really know you're in a stone Cotswolds house,” Phil added.