Cookery school with bespoke island made from reclaimed teak and painted kitchen units

Bespoke Kitchen Project 4 - Carlton Towers

Tucked away in a stately home in North Yorkshire, the disused servants kitchen of Carlton Towers was a fantastic project to get our teeth into. As featured in this year’s BBC’s MasterChef ‘The Finals’, we thought we’d give you a little bit of an insight into this stately kitchen turned cookery school.

With a brief to create a kitchen suitable for a cookery school, we undertook this large project restoring old features whilst adding state-of-the-art facilities. Original chequerboard floor tiles now stand alongside modern AEG steam ovens and induction hobs whilst plate racks are set against contemporary concealed sockets to create a kitchen packed with stunning modern quirks that complement the traditional exterior. 

The large open-plan space was designed to house a central island as well as 10 work stations and so durability and functionality were key in its design. For a classic finish that would withstand wear-and-tear, the cabinetry was crafted from tulipwood, reclaimed teak and redwood, with French Grey and Felt paint by Little Greene chosen to complete the look.

To ensure the kitchen remained in keeping with its surroundings, we incorporated the central original cast pillar into the design to work alongside a newly installed brass pipe as a way to get power to the central island without damaging the floor tiles and ruining the clean aesthetic of the kitchen. To ensure the kitchen remains sympathetic to existing features of the room, we installed butler sinks with gold taps, which sit beautifully alongside the original window shutters and carefully restored shelving. 

MaterialsReclaimed Teak, Granite
LocationCarlton Towers
Tiled floor with bespoke kitchen units
Ceramic sink in pantry cupboard with exposed copper pipes
Integrated ovens in bespoke kitchen cabinets
Original AGA facing reclaimed kitchen island
Reclaimed teak drawer insert divides knives
Hafele pop up plug set in to bespoke reclaimed teak counter top
Exposed copper pipes and pans against painted white wall
Bespoke painted pan drawers with pewter cup handles
Solid pine drawer box holds solid teak potato slicer divider
Tiled floor reflects reclaimed teak worktop and bespoke kitchen units
Solid pine divides chopping boards in tall bespoke kitchen units
Shaws double belfast sink with gold taps and exposed copper pipes
Solid pine drawer box with dovetail joints and pewter cup handles
Eye level ovens in painted kitchen cabinets and gold grills
Bespoke kitchen island with reclaimed teak pot boards
Shaws double belfast sink with gold taps and exposed copper pipes
Utility with red pot boards and original stone flagged floor


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