The kitchen is a large open-plan space, with a distinctly modern simplicity that nevertheless has its origins in historical styles. Bespoke Shaker-style units line the perimeter of the room, painted in a blue-tinted grey shade by Farrow & Ball called Pigeon. These units made by BW May builders are inspired by the Shaker style, one popular for its versatility that is utilised in a variety of properties, and that originates from a religious group that broke away from the Quakers in the late 18th century. This group, the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, or more simply known as the Shakers, were craftspeople who produced their own furniture using local materials, painting or staining them in shades of blue, green, red or yellow. A style characterised by its simplicity and quality, this is reflected in the Goodnestone kitchen. Copper pans strikingly ornament one of the walls painted in the same Farrow & Ball colour, artefacts discovered at the Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair, where many other of the house’s recent furnishings were also found. The Shaker-style kitchen units, with their characteristic recessed central panel, are topped with wooden work surfaces and there is a large centralised island.

This spacious kitchen was achieved by one of the few architectural alterations made to the house in its long history, in the knocking through of the original kitchen wall into an adjacent extension, previously an office, in order to create this modern focal point of the ground floor. The kitchen is home to four state of the art ovens and hobs, fridges and deep freezers, as well as all the kitchen appliances that could possibly be required, should guests want to spend their time in the house self-catered. Equally, guests can choose to be fully catered by local chefs from restaurants such as the locally renowned Rocksalt restaurant.

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