A Signature Bespoke In Frame Shaker Kitchen
in a Listed Farmhouse

Meon Valley, Hampshire

We were commissioned to produce a Signature Bespoke kitchen diner with a design that would truly respect the architecture of this 15th Century property with original beams. The long rectangular kitchen space measures 6.5m x 3.8m and features a central joist running the length of the room with cross beams that drastically reduce its height. In order to perfectly fit the tall floor to ceiling cabinetry leading to the dining area, the floor had to be lowered and dispensation made where the beam ends and the cabinetry starts so that all cupboard doors would easily open; the slimline cupboard beneath the beam in this run is much lower than the others. The tall cabinetry also accommodates a full-height Liebherr fridge and a bank of Gaggenau Vario 400 series ovens. This leads to a glass-fronted cupboard for glasses and decorative items above a recessed worktop with a drawer and cupboards beneath for cutlery and serveware. 

As specialists in designing curved and circular furniture, we suggested creating the dining area in a curve with beadboard panelling and open oak shelving above an integrated circular seating area that seats four people. We also designed the circular oak dining table to fit perfectly in the recess, which is made from solid oak with a central onyx insert that can be backlit at night. This feature area softens the look of the room; it also reflects the architectural style of the farmhouse and the shelving complements the original beams. 

On the run facing the tall cabinetry are slimline cupboards leading to natural oak spice drawers above bespoke pull-out chopping boards, which are on either side of the Everhot range cooker in Sage Green, which has a 90cm built-in Westin cooker hood above. The splashback features patterned tiles from Fired Earth. The inglenook was designed in the traditional Shaker style, with a natural solid oak shelf above it. On the diagonal elevation and to complement the spherical dining table is a circular condiment cabinet with two internal rotating oak shelves. It also features a worktop in solid oak with the central section, again in onyx that can also be lit at night that in turn forms a relationship in proportion with the breakfast table. Directly behind is open shelving for teapots and cake stands.

Within a recessed run is a floor to ceiling pantry cabinet and breakfast station, which was designed to fit exactly beneath the exposed beams. In a signature style for Searle & Taylor, it features storage drawers in a four-three-two pattern beneath a granite worktop. Above is a stepped back cupboard with bi-fold pocket doors. These feature decorative glass insets as the cupboard has internal LED lighting, again to make a feature of the pantry at night. When the doors are fully opened they reveal a tea station that accommodates cups, saucers, bowls and plates together with a toaster and a coffee machine. 

Facing into the room is the sink run, which is beneath two double windows. This includes storage and utility cupboards and an integrated Miele dishwasher. The 30mm thick worksurface and 100mm high upstands are made from Blanco Eclipsia granite, which is featured throughout the kitchen. The white ceramic double bowl farmhouse sink is by Villeroy & Boch and the tap is a Quooker Classic Fusion Round Boiling Water tap. All bun knobs and bar handles are finished in a satin chrome plate and are by Armac Martin.

Designer: Darren Taylor

Photographer: Paul Craig

As seen in: Country Homes & Interiors Magazine, homebuildingandrenovating.com, housebeautiful.com, The English Home, These Three Rooms and homesandgardens.com, The Kitchen Think


“I can’t thank Darren enough for our amazing Kitchen. 

“The quality and attention to detail is perfect. Being an old listed farmhouse house, it was a tricky job but you would never know. 

“Thank you so much and look forward to working with you again”

A bespoke pantry cabinet with pocket doors by Searle & Taylor

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