Cathedral city cool
Two Bare Feet - named after a coffee shop that stood nearby in the Sixties - is McIntyre's B&B in a former scout hut, offering three bedrooms and a communal area with a high ceiling. "I want to fill this place with Londoners seeking weekend breaks with friends and family," she says.
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Everything you need
Designed with flexibility in mind, Two Bare Feet can be booked as individual rooms or in its entirety. The mezzanine bedrooms are private with lockable doors, comfortable king size beds, 32-inch TVs, en suite bathrooms and cute lounge areas.
Light-filled and stylish
Pots and pans hang from a steel frame and solid wood worktops match the restored original wood floors in the kitchen. With all the necessary mod cons and soaked in natural light, it's the perfect spot to savour one of McIntyre's breakfast hampers, which she delivers to guests herself.
The dining table is McIntyre's favourite bit of interiors kit. "It was an old wooden door bought at a clearance warehouse for £25," she says. "I spent £200 on the glass panel and about £60 on the steel. I now have this incredible table for under £300." A regular on social media, she's always on the hunt for new trends, scouring Pinterest for inspiration.
Warmth from colour
McIntyre cleverly contrasts pockets of colour in certain rooms with a general use of white across most of the property, to maintain an overall feeling of space and airiness but take away that too-clinical feeling.
Clever ideas that make the most of every inch of space include an open wardrobe tucked neatly beneath the staircase, and sliding pocket doors. Tricks such as these prove McIntyre is no novice. Two Bare Feet is her second venture; number one, a boutique B&B called Hannah's, went along luxury lines and opened in 2014.
McIntyre learned a lot from her mother, Jane McIntyre, an interior designer with a homewares shop in Winchester, and her sound inside knowledge of the local area led her to talented tradesmen who helped her achieve a high-spec finish. The beds were built by a local carpenter, using good-quality but inexpensive materials.
Spirit of the souk
A self-confessed "Moroccan interiors junkie", McIntyre has found ways to bring vibrant touches to the property with pieces such as these brightly coloured cushions and throws. The sofas they are scattered on came second-hand from eBay, bought at bargain prices and given a new lease of life using dyes to refresh and update them.
The furniture and fixture choices are a clever blend from high street and independent sources. Pendant lights, mirrors and crockery are from her mother's personal suppliers, while industrial-style lamps are from Ikea. Contemplating her success, McIntyre puts it down to a combination of a desire to host and a love of property renovation.