Over the past two years this magnificent Cornish home situated in 200 acres of parkland has been sympathetically renovated by it’s owners Sam and Kitty Galsworthy, allowing it to work for a more modern family way of life, that was better suited to their needs.
Trewithen is one of Cornwall’s finest examples of eighteenth century Grade I Palladian architecture and home occupied by one family and its direct descendants for 300 years a remarkable continuity that has given rise to an expression of vision, originality and history.
The owners enlisted the help of Interior designers Salvesen Graham, and proudly Guild Anderson were commissioned to design and make the bespoke kitchen, lobby and bar. The aim being to furnish these rooms rather than make them feel that they were full of kitchen cabinets.
Such an important country house required a sensitive approach, using traditional design with classical detailing to enhance the architecture of the building. The kitchen design required consideration, and appealed enormously to Nick’s preferred style, with his own personal influences derived from traditional boat building, the Shaker movement and Lutyens architecture. All of which follow the same principles of proportion, symmetry, and the correct use of the Classical orders. The brief required the rooms to be furnished, which allowed Guild Anderson’s highly skilled designers and joinery team to create beautiful pieces of furniture that appear to be placed rather than fitted in place.
The china display cabinets sitting either side of an external door are part of a panelled lobby space, cleverly designed to conceal the Miele Mastercool fridge and freezer and larders behind the panelling, leading your eye into the garden beyond. They frame the doorway with their tall elegant panelling and deep cornicing, paying respect to the neo-classical architecture of the building. The open shelving allows the design to feel airy and more refined like that of a traditional china cabinet.
A glazed pantry dresser uses the full height of the room, harking back to the days of a Maid’s scullery, but now appropriated as a place to store fine glassware and indeed the place to mix that all important gin & tonic!
The kitchen island is a completely free standing table, with exquisitely turned legs, painted in a deep green gloss. It magically conceals an integrated Sub-Zero&Wolf warming drawer. The top was carefully chosen from native elm and crafted from just two boards.
Nick and his team have designed a series of rooms that feel as if they have always been there. However in doing so they have not lost the opportunity to incorporate every conceivable modern appliance required to run this kitchen efficiently. The use of beautifully designed individual pieces of kitchen furniture have enhanced the lived-in aesthetic. They have given a homely, yet classic sense of style immediately to each of the spaces.
By incorporating a selection of personal antiques, Salvesen Graham’s soft furnishings and Guild Anderson’s fine architectural cabinetry; the kitchen retains the elegance of this Palladian masterpiece, but gives it the functionality of a modern family kitchen.