Step inside this period country kitchen

Inspired by real-life kitchen makeovers? Take a look at this period country kitchen from Beautiful Kitchens magazine with a original 16th-century features and country storage solutions. Check out Housetohome for plenty more kitchen ideas

Wanting a country cottage-style kitchen that would suit the heritage of their 16th-century home, the owners chose sumptuous furniture crafted from European oak and pippy oak with hand-painted cabinetry.


Kitchen with wooden cabinet and marble countertop

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Country kitchen

The design and cabinetry were done by Gordon Hill at Lewis & Hill.


Kitchen with microwave and green cabinet

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Slate kitchen flooring

Most of the scheme's stunning beams date back to the 1500s, although some were replaced during refurbishment. Different sized, rustic-style slate flagstones echo the homely feel of the stone and clay walls.

The flooring is from Parkside Tiles.


Kitchen with table and white wall

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Relaxed dining area

An informal seating area was purpose-built to fit the space below the window. A door on the side of the dresser provides access to useful storage.

Use our Find a Tradesman tool to locate a carpenter in your area to create bespoke seating.


Wooden cabinet with veggies and marble countertop

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Oak kitchen cabinets

These Shaker-style units create a quintessentially country look, while the black granite worktops add a modern touch. Carved pilasters at the ends of the runs are a nod to the history of the building.

The Star Galaxy worktop is from Quorn Stone.


Green cabinet with white wall and mixer grinder

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Green painted units

The warmth of the timber furniture has been enhanced by additional hand-painted cabinetry. Opting for an olive green paint colour ensures that units don't dominate the space. Solid oak worktops and plinths tie in with the unfinished doors.

Find this green paint at Farrow & Ball.


Green wall with microwave and stone wall

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Range cooker

Thin cupboards either side of the range cooker, as well as inside the surround, make use of every inch of potential storage space. The extractor lights shine on the slate creating a real focal point.

Find a range cooker like this at Esse.


Green cabinet with plates and white wall

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Bespoke cupboard

Uneven walls meant the fitting of furniture was an intricate job. This custom-built cupboard includes plate racks and glass cabinets - perfect for displaying and storing tableware.


Kitchen with wooden cabinet with sink on counter

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Kitchen sink and drainer

The kitchen's wet area comprises a smart French farmhouse sink and a classic crook-style tap. Its English bronze finish works beautifully against the black granite worktop. Drainer grooves have been carved into the surface to allow pots and pans to dry.

The tap is from Perrin & Rowe.


Smart refrigerator with white wall and bottles

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An American-style fridge-freezer housed within a smart surround has transformed this pokey corner of the kitchen. Its black leather-effect finish contrasts with the green cabinetry, while the 14-bottle built-in wine rack makes use of the space above.

Visit GE Appliances for this fridge freezer.


Kitchen with storage and crockery drawer

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Storage drawers

The owners made sure that clever storage was included throughout this kitchen. This cutlery divider ensures the drawers remain orderly and that space is used most efficiently.


Kitchen with wooden cabinet and storage

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Country kitchen storage

A pull-out rack, which tucks back away inside the corner of the L-shaped cupboards, makes use of wasted space.


Wooden cabinet with bin and black flooring

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Country kitchen bin

Concealed behind a smart oak door, a pull-out bin allows the owners to sort out their recycling from their general waste with ease, and seamlessly disguises an ugly necessity.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.