Inside dilapidated 16th-century estate couple renovate in their spare-time

A couple has spent the last two years transforming a 16th century estate into their forever home in their spare time.

Dean Poulton and Borja De Maqua, from the Midlands, purchased the Georgian manor house in the countryside in March 2018.

The couple, who met nine years ago, had outgrown their property and were in need of somewhere bigger, reports Northants Live.

So, they sold up and placed an offer on another house.

But when the deal fell through, the pair were left homeless, forcing them to move in briefly with Dean’s parents.

Then they saw the estate in the countryside.

The estate comprises of a Georgian manor house, a caretaker’s cottage, the servants quarters, the stables and a gardener’s cottage, the oldest parts of which date back as far as the 16th century.

With 67 rooms to decorate, the couple were in for a heck of a challenge, even with their previous renovation experience.

Before taking on, what they’ve named the “Tiny Estate”, they had completed a number of other home projects, but this was their most ambitious one to date.

“We never planned to do this, we certainly don’t need this much space,” Borja said.

“But we are romantic people. We took a look at the place and we just saw what we could do with it rather than what it looked like then.

“We fell in love with it.”

When they first moved into the property they had no heating or electricity and only a working shower.

“Most of the work we did when we first got the place was just trying to get into the properties,” Borja said.

Dean, an architect, and Borja, a surveyor, managed to keep costs down by completing the jobs themselves.

But since they’ve been working on the estate in their spare time, it’s been a time-consuming project.

The couple have almost completed the renovation of the caretaker’s cottage.

Next, they’ll renovate the Servants’ Quarters.

Eventually, they hope to move into the Georgian manor and rent out other parts of the estate to bring in some money.

But the two have had the support of their families and the community they have built up on Instagram.

The pair have racked up almost 100,000 followers on their account ( @mytinyestate ) where they have been sharing their renovation journey.