Knole Walnut Beaded kitchen by Martin Shepherd, Oxford Kitchens & Bathrooms
Having lived in their property for three decades, Mr and Mrs Batchelor, from Henley-on-Thames, decided to undertake a huge renovation project to rejuvenate the kitchen and living areas. Built in 1935 by Sir William Morris, British motor manufacturer, philanthropist and founder of the Nuffield Foundation, the property was an early Oxfordshire country club, and it still boasts some of the original features including squash courts today. The challenge was to turn threerooms into a spacious open plan kitchen-dining room, suitable for hosting large parties.
With the freedom to create a totally bespoke design, the Knole Walnut Beaded kitchen was selected as the Stoneham range of choice.
Adding true personality, the birds-eye centre panels are made from Maple/Pippy Burr – a veneer unique to the client. They provide a wonderful textured contrast to the glacier white corian worktops and aral green glass splashbacks. Designed around an arresting horseshoe-shaped island, the couple now have the perfect space for cooking, entertaining, and watching over the grandchildren through the large bi-folding doors. Featuring an integrated Miele wok burner, induction hobs, teppanyaki and sink, the island doubles up as an informal breakfast bar.
The state-of-the-art appliances: Miele Mastercool top-range ovens, combi-microwave, large conditioning wine cabinet in the dining area and integrated multi-room sound system, provide the finishing touches to the dynamic space. An architecturally interesting project, the challenge was to overcome the steel construction work within the original walls. Thanks to collaboration between the builders and Martin Shepherd of Oxford Kitchens, the Batchelors now have the striking open-plan and large entertaining space they were looking for.