From quaint country cottages to slick city pads, C&TH has found 12 properties with perfect kitchens – now it’s not hard to see why they’re considered the heart of the home…
1. Plot 11 The Courtyard, Cambridge
You could move straight into Plot 11, The Courtyard – this newly converted family home has been finished in a contemporary style to suit any taste. Comprised of four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the property’s bespoke kitchen has a handy separate utility room and full height windows that overlook the garden. Available through Hill for £1.325m.
2. The Old Rectory, North Yorkshire
The Old Rectory is an impressive Grade II listed home that dates back to the 1600s. The property boasts four receptions and seven bedrooms, one of which being a master suite that comes complete with its own dressing and bathroom. Of course, there is a grand kitchen to match – fully fitted by Smallbone, it leads onto a large orangery which displays sweeping views of the countryside. Available through Knight Frank for £3.25m.
3. The Cherry Cottage, Cornwall
The Cherry Cottage is a lovely four-bed home that’s nestled in a rural setting. Having recently undergone an extensive makeover, this property now has a bespoke kitchen that comes complete with a granite central island and reconditioned Aga. Once meal times are over, relax in the triple aspect sitting room which benefits from a cosy wood burning stove. Available through Jackson-Stops and Staff for £1.25m.
4. Wandsworth Common, London
Once summer rolls around, the kitchen in this Wandsworth Common flat would make the perfect al fresco dining spot – it has bi-fold doors that lead onto a paved, south-facing garden. The rest of the property plays host to two double bedrooms, a cellar, and a generous sitting room which includes a large bay window and ornate fireplace. Available through Savills for £775,000.
5. Ford House, North Yorkshire
Designed with sky-blue cabinets and its own vaulted conservatory, Ford House has a kitchen with bundles of personality. This is followed by seven bedrooms, four reception rooms, and an annexe that’s currently being used as a gym. Outside on the property’s grounds lies a separate two-bed cottage, and lovely terraced lawns. Available through Savills for £1.75m.
6. Thornberry Hill Cottage, Cambridge
Thornberry Hill is a Grade II listed cottage that would make a wonderful first home. Composed of three bedrooms and three reception rooms, its cosy kitchen boasts oak cabinets, quarry tile flooring and exposed brick wall detailing. Step outside to appreciate panoramic views of the nearby Wimpole Estate, and enjoy the lawned garden, patio area, selection of mature trees, and fish pond. Available through Cheffins for £550,000.
7. Ladygrove, Hertfordshire
Named after a nearby woodland, Ladygrove once belonged to the games keeper of Chidwickbury Estate. It’s now a picture-perfect country home, coming with five bedrooms, four reception rooms, and a study that peacefully overlooks some paddocks. The kitchen will certainly become the family hangout spot – measuring to over 500 square foot, it comes complete with an Aga and big central island. Outside there’s 45 acres of grounds to roam, as well as plenty of riding facilities for equestrian enthusiasts. Available through Savills for £4m.
8. Rushbrook, Ipswich
For those after a quieter pace of life, Rushbrook is a six-bed detached home that sits within the small village of Monks Eleigh. Originating from the 15th century, the property has undergone a series of improvements whilst maintaing its period characteristics – this is seen most notably in the Neptune-fitted kitchen which features wooden ceiling beams and an oil-fired Aga against exposed brick wall. Step outside to enjoy the garden that runs down to a series of water meadows, and the sizeable tennis court. Available through Carter Jonas for £1.25m.
9. Hereford Square, London
Once the casual barracks for soldiers stationed in London during WW2, Hereford Square is now a modern living space in the heart of South Kensington. Behind the property’s white stucco facade lies six bedrooms, four reception rooms, and a stylish open-plan kitchen – finished with dark wooden flooring and marble worktops, its full-length windows overlook a pretty outdoor terrace. Available through Russell Simpson for £8.65m.
10. Ensleigh House, Bath
Ensleigh House is a beautiful Victorian villa which enjoys an elevated position on Lansdown Hill. Originally built as a rural retreat for a wealthy barrister in the 1860s, the property is now a lovely family home with five bedrooms and two receptions, all finished in contemporary style. Enjoy breakfast with a view in the sizeable kitchen with views over the Bath countryside. Available through Hamptons International for £3.25m.
11. Knowle Hill Park, Surrey
Knowle Hill Park offers a rare opportunity to live in Cobham, one of Surrey’s most desirable villages. This property is actually part of a new development of homes which each boast a traditional red-brick facade and wonderfully modern interiors; the kitchens, in particular, have been designed with a chic tonal colour scheme and finished with smart steel appliances. As well as 45 acres of grounds to wander, residents will also benefit from a private on-site gym – now there’s no excuse not to get fit… Available through Millgate Homes from £1.7m.
12. The Library, Wrexham
Wynnstay Hall Estate formerly belonged to one of the most powerful families in Welsh history – it now plays host to The Library, a 6,500 square foot renovation home. The property is comprised of seven bedrooms, three receptions, and an impressive kitchen which has an arched ceiling and grand set of wooden doors that look onto the gardens. Also, don’t forget to pack your swimmers: the ground floor holds an indoor swimming pool and steam room. Available through Strutt and Parker for £995,000.