Martin Roberts of Homes Under the Hammer has converted an old farmhouse, and the transformation is incredible


The BBC’s Homes Under The Hammer host Martin Roberts recently undertook a makeover of his own home.

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

The TV presenter and property expert acquired a 17th-century country house in Wales, reportedly one of the oldest properties in Rhondda according to Wales Online.

Martin has given the property a complete makeover, and it is unrecognizable from what it was before.

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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 throughout its rooms, with exposed beam ceilings, multiple fireplaces, casement windows, stone walls, flagstone flooring and an impressive front porch.

The kitchen before Martin’s transformation

The house achieved Cadw Grade II* listing in 1972, amended in 1996, for being “an important example of a large mid-17th century country house due to its rare interior details of good quality wood”.

After entering through the porch and original solid wood front door, the house flows into the eat-in kitchen and then into two generous reception rooms.

The rehabilitation of the property has included the exposure of more beams, the unveiling of some of the stone walls and the whitewashing of others. In the living room much has remained the same, with more sofas grouped around the fireplace, which now houses a working wood burning stove.

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The kitchen now after the transformation of Martin

The next reception room boasts possibly the most impressive fireplace, a nook with solid wood beams and another wood burning stove which takes center stage in the slate fireplace.

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

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


Previous owner’s living room

In the eat-in kitchen and perhaps that space can boast the best fireplace, as here too there is a beautiful beast.

This is a large space that can accommodate a full kitchen, an island unit with dining area that has been recycled, and also a sofa, with plenty of space still on display.

On this ground floor, the utility room and bathroom have been updated with neutral tones, natural materials and timeless additions like subway tile, but also with modern touches in the flooring and choice of faucets.

the living room now

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

Cleverly, Martin has knocked down the ceilings in three of the bedrooms to expose the incredible ceiling structure and make them the focal point of each space, supported by sections of exposed stone, timeless furnishings and understated neutral bedding.

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the dining room before

Putting the ceilings in the tipper has been an inspiring move, making these rooms double-height rooms that feel so spacious and allow the character and charm of the original structure of the historic home to dominate.

But it seems the historic house also comes with a few sit-in tenants: a collection of ghosts.

Martin has listed his property for rent on Airbnb, so it’s possible that one day you stay there and meet someone who is not welcome.

What does the dining room look like now?

But additional spirits believed to reside on the property have led to Martin and his vintage farmhouse being featured in an episode of Celebrity Help! My House is Haunted, which will air in February on Discovery+, date to be confirmed.

The three members of Help! The team, exorcist and medium Ian Lawman, paranormal investigator Jayne Harris, and paranormal consultant Barri Ghai show up at Rhondda’s house to chat with Martin and potentially meet the ghosts said to reside there.

An emotional investigation unfolds with incidents including voices, hiding with a potential child spirit, and a mobile phone that sends the team walking the streets of Rhondda.

One of the bedrooms after transformation.

But Martin is not at all concerned with the haunted aspect of his new Welsh estate.

The Daily Star reported that Martin loves his haunted house, saying, “I felt it right away, but nothing negative. As he was renovating, he was talking to the house and saying he was here to help.”

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“A historical researcher learned that there was a woman, a boy and a girl, and a man sitting in the living room with a shotgun.”

the bathroom now

Martin’s Farm Makeover Project is the latest episode in the new six-part series of Celebrity Help! My House is Haunted, which began on Friday, January 21.

Last year, Martin 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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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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