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Brothers star on television after boat adventure

George Clarke with brothers Rob and Matt Carter, who appeared on the Channel 4 programme Amazing Spaces last Thursday. NNL-140715-112717001

George Clarke with brothers Rob and Matt Carter, who appeared on the Channel 4 programme Amazing Spaces last Thursday. NNL-140715-112717001

Two brothers from Bloxham have appeared on a Channel 4 programme after transforming a burnt out narrowboat into a luxury one-bedroom bachelor pad.

Matt Carter, 27, and his younger sibling Rob, 25, embarked on a six-month journey to renovate the boat, named the Lambourn, with their journey televised last Thursday on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

Rob, 25, is an account manager at delivery firm P4D, based in Banbury High Street. He said: “Neither Matt or I could really afford a mortgage so I borrowed some money and Matt used some of his savings.

“It was a case of just budgeting and managing our costs but I think we managed to put a youthful stamp on an old moor boat.”

The brothers paid about £22,000 for the narrowboat, which was damaged due to an internal fire. They set a total budget of about £30,000 and although novices at DIY, they managed to turn the boat into trendy living quarters.

The boat was renovated at a mooring in Leighton Buzzard and the pair will make the trip back up to Banbury today (Thursday).

Mr Carter said: “I think the boat will be well used. We won’t be mooring it anywhere and Matt is heading to Uganda on Sunday so I’ll be taking it around for a couple of months with friends and family. We’ll hope to try to get a bit of money back from what we spent.

“When we were working on the boat we found its original name was Lambon. The name eventually evolved to Lambourn, which was like it had been reborn.”

The programme follows architect George Clarke as he meets people who have turned tiny spaces into the most amazing places to live.

 

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