Inside Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen's cosy cottage after Christmas makeover with roaring fire and huge tree

YORKSHIRE Shepherdess Amanda Owen has given her rustic cottage a Christmas makeover.

The mum-of-nine has a large real tree that twinkles with red and yellow lights, while multicoloured lights criss cross the ceiling's wooden beams.


The family's Christmas cards are also hanging around the room for a festive finish.

Amanda shared pictures of the cosy scene, which included a roaring fire, on Instagram and wrote: "But it’s beginning to look a little like Christmas !🎄🥬."

Despite its traditional charm, the 46-year-old recently branded her home a 's***hole' with 'squelchy carpets and stained walls'.

The farmer who lives at Ravenseat in Yorkshire with her husband Clive, 67, and their nine children, admitted that she was unimpressed when she first saw the property.

Speaking on Simon Armitage's podcast The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed, Amanda said: "The farm stands at 1350ft above sea level and the land rises up to 1800ft.

"If you picture it in your mind’s eye, I always think Wuthering Heights, it’s very open country, it’s moorland, it’s heather, it’s leaden skies, it’s broad acres, it’s harsh, it’s windy, it’s wet, it’s severe.

“It’s got its own microclimate. Am I selling it to you?”

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Simon replied: "I read somewhere that when you first went there, had you gone to buy a ram or something, and you weren’t that impressed.

“I think I remember reading somewhere that you said it had squelchy carpets and smoke on the wall. I think you might have described it as a s*** hole actually.”

With a laugh Amanda said: "Yeah I think s*** hole pretty much covers it. It has improved slightly."

She continued: "The first time I saw it, it was dark, I was walking across a muddy yard into almost what felt like the set of an episode of All Creatures Great and Small, and met Clive.

“That was the very beginning and that was 1996, so a good while ago. Things have changed but things haven’t changed.

“That’s the beauty of the place, time stands still. That is Ravenseat.”



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