The new kitchen is one of the most modern parts of the farm, with a large south-facing window looking out onto the courtyard and much higher ceilings than the rest of the house.
We’ve done a lot of work on the kitchen, but many of the original features are still there: The small cupboard on the back wall actually houses a small water cistern – now decommissioned, we hasten to add! Originally, the farm was supplied from water tanks collecting rainwater from the roof and from a reservoir on the top of Windmill Hill. When the farm buildings were sold separately from the land, mains water was put in & we no longer use the reservoir. The kitchen cistern and the rainwater tank (still visible in the courtyard) had been decommissioned some time before we took possession – we’re not sure when exactly.
Just above & to the left of the cistern, you might still, despite our best efforts, be able to see the top of the distinctive pock-marked halo that indicated a well-used dartboard. We’re not at all convinced that having arrows flying around helps concentrate the mind on cooking, so we’ve chosen not to continue that tradition.
The alcoves are original, though we had them lined with wood as part of the kitchen refurb, as is the mantelpiece. We moved & removed some of the later plumbing additions installed, we think, in the 1950’s, relocating the Rayburn to the scullery and taking out the old sink & an enormous airing cupboard from the south east corner of the room.
We’ve kept the original quarry tiled floor, which has dark coloured tiles that are more hardwearing than the terracotta coloured ones – at least, so it seems from looking at the foot of the stairs. The steps up into the main part of the house are also original: huge lumps of granite that are very hardwearing but can be slippery when wet – please take care.
The wall that joins the kitchen to the house is made from old lathe & plaster which we’ve preserved behind the panelling, and there’s a small larder under the stairs but, much to Hannah’s disappointment, the farm doesn’t seem to have a cellar.