Homes Under the Hammer’s Martin Roberts has converted an old farmhouse – and the transformation is incredible

BBC’s Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts has recently took on his own home transformation.

Best known for visiting auction properties that have undergone big renovations, Martin has recently bought an old farmhouse and completely transformed it into a modern home.

The TV presenter and property expert acquired a 17th century farmhouse in Wales, reported to be one of Rhondda’s oldest properties according to Wales Online.

Martin has given the property a complete makeover – and it’s unrecognisable from its former self.

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The period property is a four-bedroom former farmhouse, set behind a gated entrance within a private garden.

The house retains many of its original features across its rooms, with exposed ceiling beams, a number of feature fireplaces, casement windows, stone walls, flagstone floor and an impressive entrance porch.

The kitchen before Martin’s transformation

The house achieved its Grade II* listing from Cadw in 1972, amended 1996, for being ‘an important example of a large, mid 17th century farmhouse because of its rare surviving, good quality interior timber details’.

After entering via the porch and the original solid wood front door, the house flows into the kitchen diner and then two generous reception rooms.

The refurbishment of the property has included exposing more beams, revealing sections of some of the stone walls and white-washing others. In the lounge much has stayed the same, with more sofas clustered around the fireplace, which now houses a working log burner.

The kitchen now after Martin’s transformation

The next reception room boasts arguably the most impressive fireplace, an inglenook with chunky wood mantel beam and another log burner taking centre stage on the slate hearth.

This is another sociable space, with ample space for formal dining, lounging and also gathering round the piano for a song or two.

The ceiling beams in both spaces are a delight to discover and are balanced by the white-washed stone walls and warmth of the wooden floor


The previous owner’s living room

Into the kitchen diner and maybe that space can boast the best fireplace, as it’s a beautiful beast in here too.

This is a vast space that can welcome a comprehensive kitchen, island unit with dining facilities that has been upcycled and a sofa too, with an abundance of floor space still on show.

On this ground floor the utility room and bathroom have been updated with neutral tones, natural materials and timeless additions such as metro tiles, but modern touches too on the floor and choice of taps.

The living room now

The first floor has four bedrooms and arguably it’s this level that has seen the biggest transformation, and like an episode of Homes Under The Hammer the ‘after’ reveal is something special.

Cleverly, Martin has taken down the ceilings in three of the bedrooms to expose the incredible roof structure and make them the focus of each space, supported by sections of exposed stone, timeless furniture choices and neutral, understated bedding.

The dining area before

Putting the ceilings in the skip has been an inspired move, making these bedrooms double-height rooms that feel so spacious as well as allowing the character and charm of the historic home’s original structure to dominate.

But it appears that the historic house also comes with some sitting tenants – a collection of ghosts.

Martin has advertised his property to rent on Airbnb, so you may one day be staying there and bump into someone who isn’t welcome.

What the dining room looks like now

But the extra spirits that are believed to reside at the property has led to Martin and his period farmhouse to appear on an episode of Celebrity Help! My House is Haunted, due to air in February on Discovery+, date to be confirmed.

The three members of the Help! team, exorcist and medium Ian Lawman, paranormal researcher Jayne Harris, and paranormal consultant Barri Ghai turn up at the Rhondda house to chat to Martin and potentially meet the ghosts that are said to reside there.

An emotional investigation unfolds with incidents that include voices, hide and seek with a potential child spirit, and a mobile phone that sends the team on a walk into the Rhondda streets.

One of the bedrooms after the transformation

But Martin is not at all phased about the haunted aspect of his new Welsh property.

The Daily Star has reported that Martin loves his haunted house, saying: “I sensed it straight away but nothing negative. While renovating I was talking to the house, saying I was here to help it.

“A historical investigator learned there was a woman, a little boy and girl, and a man sat in the living room with a shotgun.”

The bathroom now

Martin’s farmhouse makeover project is the last episode of the new six part series of Celebrity Help! My House is Haunted, which began on Friday January, 21.

In the last year, Martin has appeared on BBC2’s University Challenge and also stripped on ITV’s Strictly The Real Full Monty to raise awareness of testicular cancer.

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