The original Kitchen would have been on the Lower Ground Floor, per the usual Georgian format. We decided the best place for the kitchen for our purposes was the Ground Floor and that the Dining Room should be open plan with the kitchen. Keen to keep the original paneling of the walls on show, we decided to design the Kitchen around a central island, and match the moulding of the panels in the units’ doors. We have our friend Marcus to thank for the building of the island. He is one of the most skilled cabinet makers you'll ever find. On installing it he suggested it be referred to as the kitchen “continent” rather than “island” given its scale. It gives a whole new meaning to “Continental Breakfast”.

The range adheres to our strong values of buying locally, in that it’s made by Everhot just down the road from us. Everhot make superb quality ranges which look the part and run, amazingly, from a 13amp plug, with a sophisticated computer that turns it down at night and heats it up in time for breakfast. We really loved the idea of a range as the heart of the home, and luckily these do not require a flue of any kind, and can sit on a timber floor with no need for casting concrete slabs – perfect for our continent. We decided to “test drive” one, so as to be sure it would fulfil Neri’s breakfast making requirements prior to buying. So we grabbed some pans, some cooking oil, eggs, bacon and sausages and headed to our local showroom in a village near Bath. Somewhat alarmedly they gave in to our request to cook a Full English in their pristine showroom. We knew we were on to a good thing, made a note of the model we wanted, and left for nearby Dyrham Park with our hot picnic in the boot! Patrick developed a close relationship with the Everhot during the most challenging months of the build, when in the bleak mid winter, with no other form of heating, no roof and few windows, he’d snuggle up on a futon mattress next to it.