Although the building has been described as having a Scandinavian feel, it is in fact the product of local architects, builders and craftsmen. The main contractors were Rob and Rich MacCormac, who are based in Abergavenny and have built many of Hall & Bednarczyk’s striking designs.

The beds and bedside cupboards, the dining table and bench, and the bootroom storage and bench were all designed and made by Rob Barnby and Lewis Day in Hay on Wye. (www.barnbydesign.co.uk).

The feature Welsh blankets in each bedroom came from Jane Beck in Ceredigion. She knows the history – the design, the mill, the weaver – of all of her blankets and a visit to her shop at Ty Zinc is as much a social history lesson as anything else: (www.welshblankets.co.uk)


The simple, white kitchen is Bulthaup B1, expertly supplied and fitted by Kitchen Architecture:  www.kitchenarchitecture.co.uk. The side tables and the single shelf in the living room are also German design – by Dieter Rams and manufactured in the UK by Vitsoe (www.vitsoe.com/gb).


There is some genuinely Scandinavian design at The Chickenshed: the sofas and dining chairs were supplied by Hay Design’s shop in Bath ( www.hay.dk); and the bedside “Seed” lights were manufactured by Northern Lighting ( www.northernlighting.no)


All of the bathrooms have bath and shower products supplied by Bramley Products.