Grandiose country house
Grandiose country house
Grandiose country house
Grandiose country house
Grandiose country house
Grandiose country house
Grandiose country house
Grandiose country house
Grandiose country house
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Grandiose Country House

Deep in the English countryside and nestled in Old English forestry a fantastical house was recreated to provide a home for a couple.

Designing a substantial new three storey stone building around what was an existing inner courtyard , the builders used a blend of salvaged natural stone and new locally sourced Chilmark Stone.  This is only the tip of the iceberg, with steel windows handmade in Italy, reclaimed Welsh slate and Dutch internal features many of which were sourced in reclamation yards from across Europe, this was a project which was four years in the planning and then another four for the build.

Commissioning Guild Anderson to design a kitchen befitting this striking new home, Nick Anderson and his team have embraced the enormity of the challenge with passion.  With ceiling heights exceeding 3 metres, the scale of the kitchen design needed to be grand enough to fill the space, and yet retain a very pared-back Scandinavian aesthetic, as requested by the clients.

Nick advised the clients on Guild Anderson’s Bucknowle kitchen; a beautifully elegant design with turned legs, posts and trims, and panelled doors.  All panels are consistent and aligned perfectly, creating a seamless line.  This design originated in a dressing room, but has adapted wonderfully as a kitchen style.  Accents can be in solid wood, or painted, and the style lends itself perfectly to a beautiful island; a true centrepiece of any large kitchen.

Nick filled the scale of the space by creating 4 distinct zones.  The dishwashing area with Belfast sink, Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawer, and tall cabinetry to house the crockery and plate racks.  The main preparation and cooking area combines base and double height wall cabinets with a magnificent island.  The double width island houses utensil and bread drawers, a dishwasher, rubbish bins, warming oven and bar area.

In the preparation zone Nick incorporated a unique work surface.  Here he made use of a felled Yew tree, found in our clients’ parkland grounds, the wood has been used sympathetically to form the end grain worktop and integrated compost bin.

Yew timber is incredibly strong and durable.  Traditionally, the wood was used in turnery and to make long bows and tool handles. One of the World’s oldest surviving wooden artefacts is a yew spear head estimated to be around 450,000 years old.

Into this yew work surface we cut a small circular hole, removing a section to be used as a lid to a compartment that will house a compost bin below the surface.  However it did not go unnoticed that yew wood is also toxic, and so a full toxicity report was obtained from Kew Gardens to ensure that the wood was safe to use!

This is just one way that we added bespoke design and precision carpentry skills to the kitchen; but ultimately we are adding sustainable composting benefits for our clients garden too!

An Everhot, along with both an induction and a ceramic hob, and Smeg extra-large oven, offer a selection of cooking options, as well as an integrated Miele Mastercool fridge.  The marble lintel above the Everhot cooker was sourced exclusively by our clients from a European reclamation yard.

The Scandinavian styling was brought together by the colour scheme.  All the base and wall cabinets are painted in a light and airy colour from Paint & Paper Library ‘Salt I’, while the island is Farrow & Ball’s ‘Inchyra Blue’, finished beautifully with antique brass edge pull handles from Joseph Giles Ltd.

The owner has married these two colours together beautifully in her chosen soft furnishings and the Swedish bureau and hardwood breakfast table gives warmth and contrast to the room’s overall feel.


“Nick encouraged me to be braver with our designs. His guidance made all the difference to ending up with the room we really wanted.“

Mrs H

“Guild Anderson saved the day with a temporary worksurface at Christmas when our granite supplier let us down at the last minute.“

Mr & Mrs N

“I just love my fabulous kitchen. People drop by just to come and look at it!“

Mrs B.

“Last time, we used a well-known national firm, but they were three times as expensive and really not three times better than Guild Anderson.“

Mrs L

“Guild Anderson’s service is poles apart from other firms and I just love the things they do.“

Lady B

“When you see what Guild Anderson can do, it is inspiring! their expertise extends well beyond the kitchen.“

Mr F

“Our new room is greatly admired. The team’s design was really excellent and we can’t now imagine our house without it!“

Mr & Mrs C

“Guild Anderson put themselves forward as being kitchen makers, but they do so much more that.“

Ms B

“The quality of the Guild Anderson workshop is excellent, we were very pleased with the whole project process.“

Mr & Mrs T

“Guild Anderson’s service is poles apart from other firms and I just love the things they do.“

Lady D

“Nick is very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about all elements of design, innovation and function. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.“

Mr & Mrs A

“We knew from the first meeting that Nick would make us a stunning and practical room.“

Mrs F

“Guild Anderson have been a major part of making our house a home.“

Mrs T

“Nick was very responsive and attentive and created a good, original and robust design.“

Mr & Mrs K

“Guild Anderson listened to us and just got on with delivering what we had asked for. We couldn’t be happier with our new kitchen - we absolutely love it.“

Mr & Mrs L

“Nick Anderson has a very good attention to detail and thought creatively thoughout our project, from which door I brought shopping, to where and how I would use mixing bowls.“

Mr & Mrs P

“Nick’s approach was brilliant – a very practical & effective level of questions.“

Mr W

“I love the work Guild Anderson did for us and have recommended them to several people.“

Mrs MB

“Lots of guests and friends visit and comment on our kitchen, they think the new space Guild Anderson created for us is wonderful.“

Mr P

“Guild Anderson are the only company that we have dealt with where every phase of our project was dealt with promptly, professionally and with great thought and care.“

Mrs D

“It has been a real pleasure being involved with Guild Anderson on a project and easily the most enjoyable part of our house renovation.“

Ms F

“All aspects of how we use a kitchen were taken into consideration by Nick’s team, even a special place for unusual little jars we use for spices.“

Mrs O

“As expected, the design, materials, workmanship and paint work is excellent. Our kitchen is such a pleasure to cook in, stand in and just look at!“

Lady J

“I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted and I was so pleased to see how Nick incorporated my thoughts into the final design.“

Mr S

“Nick was very good at drawing out the detail of how I saw myself using the kitchen, which was really helpful and fundamental to our final design.“

Mr & Mrs R

“What I like most about Guild Anderson is their flexibility. Nick is just great, he is very good at converting things into a reality.“

Mrs T.

"We chose Guild Anderson as you were the only company that seemed prepared to listen and to take on board our ideas, rather than to try and fit us into a mould."

Mrs M.

"Our kitchen is brilliant. It is a real party room with lots of circulation space whilst giving us lots of space to cook and serve. It looks very good and has had very positive reactions from our friends, who are very jealous!"

Mrs W.

"Your team were friendly and so unobtrusive, we hardly noticed they were here and then 'Hey Presto'! Thank you!"

Mr & Mrs F.

"I think our kitchen is wonderful and will certainly be recommending Guild Anderson to others whenever I get the opportunity, both for the quality of the service and the final product."

Mrs B.

"Guild Anderson provided a wonderful personal service and follow up and we have already recommended them to friends, who were so impressed by the style and finish of our kitchen."

Mr & Mrs W.

"We just wanted to thank you again for the cabinets. They are exquisite and exactly as we hoped. The whole process has been super smooth and it has been a real pleasure working with you all."

Mr W.

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