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My favourite room: Inside the converted 18th century barn in the Wicklow hills

Belinda Bielenberg is passionate about horses, so when her husband,Lorcan Carpenter, suggested centering a business around a horse trail, she jumped at the chance — and they got a new home into the bargain

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Lorcan Carpenter and Belinda Bielenberg with their children outside their home, which up to two years ago, was used as a barn. The barn dates from 1820. Anna is on Cilla Black, while Lorcan and Belinda carry the twins, Tom and Jessica. Photo: Tony Gavin

Lorcan Carpenter and Belinda Bielenberg with their children outside their home, which up to two years ago, was used as a barn. The barn dates from 1820. Anna is on Cilla Black, while Lorcan and Belinda carry the twins, Tom and Jessica. Photo: Tony Gavin

The kitchen area of the big open-plan space in the converted barn with its apex roof. Throughout the house, the couple kept as much of the granite wall and beams exposed as possible. The high seats are parts from disused tractors. Photo: Tony Gavin

The kitchen area of the big open-plan space in the converted barn with its apex roof. Throughout the house, the couple kept as much of the granite wall and beams exposed as possible. The high seats are parts from disused tractors. Photo: Tony Gavin

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Lorcan Carpenter and Belinda Bielenberg with their children outside their home, which up to two years ago, was used as a barn. The barn dates from 1820. Anna is on Cilla Black, while Lorcan and Belinda carry the twins, Tom and Jessica. Photo: Tony Gavin

Belinda Bielenberg and her family are passionate about horses, so it's not surprising there's a big painting of two horses hanging high between the exposed beams in her lovely home.

The house is deep in the Wicklow/Carlow countryside, so it's almost a given that other farm animals have a place on the walls of the house, too - and, sure enough, there's a cute painting of pigs. But Belinda splashed out the most on a tiny painting of some sheep in snow, and that's even more apt, as her cosy home was - almost unbelievably - until recently a barn, housing sheep.


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