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

Bespoke Kitchen Project 4 - Carlton Towers

Carlton Towers is a magnificent building with hundreds of years of history. The Yorkshire manor can be traced all the way back to the 14th century. Steeped in history the stately home is much loved for its imposing exterior and exquisite interiors.

The disused servants’ kitchen turned cookery school was featured in this year’s BBC MasterChef ‘The Finals’ and provided a fantastic project for us to get our teeth into.

The stately home kitchen was previously a servant’s kitchen, and we were given the brief to create a space suitable for a cookery school but sympathetic to the historic surroundings. It was a pleasure to undertake this large project, restoring magnificent old features, whilst also adding modern state-of-the-art facilities. The cookery school is now home to modern AEG steam ovens and induction hobs, whilst plate racks are set against contemporary concealed sockets to create a kitchen jam packed with modern quirks that complement the traditional surroundings.

Whilst modern quirks were added, we also preserved and restored a number of original features, such as the original chequerboard floor and shelving. To ensure the kitchen remained sympathetic to the existing features we also used retro-inspired brass pipes and installed traditional butler sinks with stunning gold taps.

The large open plan space was designed to house a central island as well as 10 workstations, and so durability and functionality were key in its design. The kitchen had to look good, fit within the surroundings but also be able to withstand the wear and tear that would come with a busy cookery school. The classic style cabinetry was handcrafted from Tulipwood, reclaimed teak, and redwood, and finished with French Grey and Felt paint by Little Greene Paint Company. This worked beautifully alongside the original flooring and exposed redwood, creating a wonderful contrast. Thanks to the storage within the central Island, surrounding cabinetry, and shelving, there is also ample storage for cookery books, pots and pans too. So, not only does the kitchen look great, but it also fitted the brief of being practical too!

We hope you agree that the finished result looks outstanding, the perfect combination of old meets new. Please do let us know if you ever find yourself at The Carlton Towers taking part in a cookery class – we would love to see the kitchen in action!

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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