Utopia    Case Study 03 Apr 2018

This stunning 400-year-old home was brought to life with a luxury Cambridge Kitchen


A 400-year-old property featuring a stunning extension with equally impressive views needs a kitchen that enhances its beauty, but doesn’t try to outshine it.

Owners Peter and Gay Vineyard own this gorgeous house, which was originally a pub and retains many original features. The property, located in a Suffolk village, has a thatched roof and also boasts an outhouse used as an art studio. “The professionalism was outstanding and we can happily say there is nothing we would change,” say Peter and Gay. “We can thoroughly recommend, without reserve, the standard and quality of all aspects of the work.”

The tension’s combination of oak beams and vast glass respect the building’s 400-year old heritage. It was essential for the kitchen to blend into the building to make the oak beams and luscious gardens take centre-point,” says Bianca Shevlin, design consultant, Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms. “With buildings such as this one, I would always strongly suggest to work with the building rather than against it. With so many features – heavy oak beams, glass walls and amazing garden views – the kitchen should enhance the glory of the house.”

With a plethora of beautiful features adorning their property to consider – some dating back to 1600 – Peter and Gay Vineyard wanted a new kitchen that was a modern classic but didn’t overshadow its breath-taking backdrop. The kitchen and dining area, which were to be housed in a new extension with a vaulted ceiling and oak beams overlooking an impressive garden, needed to fit in effortlessly with its surroundings and reflect the character of the property, featuring a thatched roof, large, central fireplace in the original part of the building, and late 19th century furniture.

Looking back, Peter and Gay comment, “We have lived there for nearly forty years, have raised children and buried pets in the garden – a very special place for us and it is our intention to see out the rest of our lives in it.”

So, as their forever home, the new kitchen had to be just right and, after much research, the couple chose Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms. “We were immediately impressed by the quality of the units on display and, more importantly, the attention to design,” said Peter and Gay.

“The brief was simple – to design a modern classic, simply styled kitchen with subtle features to work with oak beams and vast amounts of glass,” recalls design consultant Bianca Shevlin. “Primarily, it was important that the design did not overshadow the oak beams – these needed to be accentuated and it had to fit in with the wider styling of the property.”

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