Manor House Kitchen & Butler’s Pantry
The owners have four young children and wanted to respect the period features of the rooms including panelling, window shutters, original fireplace and beautiful plaster detailing on the high ceilings and original period doors but have practical spaces to enjoy family life and entertaining. They commissioned Martin Holliday, Design Director of Chiselwood, due to his empathy for and extensive experience of working on period and listed buildings, his international award-winning kitchen design skills and ability to design an entire space rather than just the kitchen furniture. Martinâ€™s kitchen design speaks to the architecture of the house while adding contemporary elements and innovative appliances. Martin set out to create a kitchen that would complement the scale of the space. â€śMy clients didnâ€™t want a predictable country-house style. I was aiming for a more impressive, more formal space, which incorporated some contemporary elements.â€ť Twin central islands are the bedrock of the design, one with central teppanyaki and innovative Bora extraction with bar stools for informal family dining, the other for preparation incorporating sink, twin dishwashers and placed in front of the built-in ovens, fridge, freezer and coffee machine on the end wall. The bespoke table, which seats 14, was also designed by Martin and made in Chiselwoodâ€™s Lincoln workshop to provide a unique piece and contemporary nod to a medieval-refectory table, with twin pedestal base painted in Little Greene Mid Azure Green and top in Rosslyn by Cambria. Woven brass finish trim is a design feature below the table surface. Pendant lights by Curiosa & Curiosa are positioned above both central islands and the stunning dining table.