The Guildford Dairy Kitchen

A beautifully spacious and light room makes this new deVOL Classic English Kitchen much more than just a kitchen, it’s a space for everything from living and cooking to pottering, dining or just relaxing in the warmth that is created by the huge expanse of glass and sunshine. Just five Classic English cupboards make up this simple but really substantial kitchen. The big Aga makes the room feel homely and friendly and the never-ending glazed dresser is more than enough storage for this large family.

The oak framed barn that makes up the kitchen was renovated from a derelict cow shed and has spectacular views over wild secret gardens and onto the Surrey Hills. The room has a traditional feel but the simplicity of the colours and the lack of clutter and over styling has made it feel very modern too. The island is three meters long but has an open feel which gives it elegance and function, a perfect combination in a kitchen. The honed black granite topped double cupboards either side of the Aga are perfect for pots and pans both inside and on top, no gadgets, no mod cons, just handmade traditional solid hardwood cupboards.

The subtle shelf above the cooker almost goes unseen and gives a lightness to the design which is what makes it so pleasing to look at, we all know it’s what you leave out that makes the difference but sometimes it’s hard to actually follow this rule in a big family kitchen where there is always just so much stuff. The soft dark paintwork, aged brass taps and subtle brass door furniture look classic and understated, nothing is too much here and that’s what makes it perfect, the combination of new and old styling and design in just the right quantities.