How a self-confessed interiors junkie transformed an old scout hut in Winchester into a luxury weekend escape

A keen eye for unlocking a property's potential has enabled Hannah McIntyre to develop a business empire at just 26 years old. With one successful luxury B&B already under her belt, this young entrepreneur is ready for her next venture...
At the age of 26, Hannah McIntyre is already well on the way to building a successful B&B empire after leaving London and returning to Winchester, her home town. Boutique B&B number one, simply named Hannah’s, went along luxury lines and opened in the vibrant cathedral city last year. Now the second project, using a former scout hut on a run-down plot, has a more industrial-chic look.

The new venture is called Two Bare Feet, after the Sixties coffee shop that once stood nearby. “There were two small rooms leading off the large main room, but there were these amazingly high ceilings and I knew we could do so much with the space,” McIntyre says. So she raised £565,000 to buy it and went for a major, but tight-budget renovation costing £75,000.


“I wanted to create a three-bedroom home which felt like you were stepping into an urban loft,” she explains over a cup of tea in the lounge area. Conveniently, her projects and her own home, where she lives with her boyfriend, are within the same courtyard complex in Winchester, and the city is just a 58-minute train ride from Waterloo.

Pots and pans hang from a steel frame in the new kitchen, there are solid wood worktops to match the restored original wooden floor and there is an obligatory Nespresso machine.

With lots of natural light this is the ideal spot to tuck into one of McIntyre’s breakfast hampers, which she delivers to guests herself. “I want to fill this place with Londoners seeking weekend breaks with friends and family. Winchester is so close to London. It took me longer to get to college from one side of London to the other. You could even stay Sunday night and still get back to London in time for work on Monday morning.”

McIntyre has made the space flexible so that it can be booked as individual rooms or in its entirety. The mezzanine bedrooms — called The Waiting Room, Little House and Room 101 — are private with lockable doors, comfortable king size beds, 32-inch TVs, en suite bathrooms and cute lounge areas. 
Industrial vibe: Two Bare Feet was built in an old scout hut, where McIntyre wanted to create an “urban loft” look

Bright white ceilings are offset with deep, rich colours, and glimpses of Morocco shine through. “I am a Moroccan interiors junkie, so a spritz of that was a must,” she says.

A regular on social media, McIntyre is always on the hunt for new trends. “I search for inspiration on Pinterest, which I go on at least three times a day,” she says. “I love local finds, too. I was rushing up Winchester High Street to get to a meeting and there was this lovely lady selling amazing fabrics. I could not resist.”

Insider knowledge
She has learned a lot from her mother, Jane McIntyre, an interior designer with a homewares shop in Winchester, and her local carpenter, who uses good but inexpensive materials. “All the beds were made of ply,” she explains. “I then stained or painted them. I thinned the paint and only did one coat of the stain, so you could still see the grain of the wood.”

The built-in radiator units, bathroom units and desks were created using MDF and the sofas are second-hand from eBay. “The one in The Waiting Room was a couple of years old. I bought it and got it delivered for only £270. It was cream, but I spent an extra £50 to dye it black. It is super-comfy.” 

There is another Danish-style sofa in Room 101 (the antithesis of Orwell’s), costing £250. “Most Danish sofas are going for more than £500,” she says.

Her favourite piece is a self-build dining table. “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.”

McIntyre plans to expand on the brand. The love of property renovation, combined with a desire to host, seems to be a winning formula. “I have been really lucky to find two such great properties that I have loved from the minute I stepped inside. When I find the next well-priced property, I will start on another B&B.”
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Kitchen and bathroom tiles - Walls and Floors (£19.95 a square metre,
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