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.
The design and cabinetry were done by Gordon Hill at Lewis & Hill.
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.
Relaxed dining area
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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 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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
Country kitchen storage
A pull-out rack, which tucks back away inside the corner of the L-shaped cupboards, makes use of wasted space.
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 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.
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