The 2022 series of The Great British Bake Off is on the horizon, and the beckon of autumnal weekends spent baking for the family is just around the corner. In anticipation for the nation’s favourite cookery show making a comeback, we put together our top ten kitchens for baking beautiful biscuits and practising pretty pastries. Paul Hollywood not included…
1. West Hampstead, London, 5 bedrooms
A truly exceptional five-bedroom modern home is positioned off a quiet and secluded premier road in West Hampstead. The house has been subject to an impeccable, architecturally designed renovation, coupling meticulous details with careful modern touches. The works saw the addition of a large basement that now hosts an impressive wine cellar, sauna, and gym studio. The breathtaking kitchen, architecturally designed to maximise the ethereal light filtering through the glass ceiling overhead, is fully integrated with a central island and a frameless glass wine cellar.
2. Amersham, Buckinghamshire, 7 bedrooms
Coleshill Lodge is an exceptional seven-bedroom family home with a separate one bedroom annexe and impressive, grand scale rooms, including four metre ceiling heights on the ground floor. The heart of the house is a thoughtfully-designed and magnificent kitchen/dining room and orangery. The bespoke Smallbone kitchen with Wolf and Maytag appliances benefits from a large central island with marble work surfaces and gas cooking hob, tastefully lit from above by Tom Dixon lights. The orangery is a later addition sympathetically built in keeping with the period of the house, with a striking original brick arch as a central focal point.
3. Reading, Berkshire, 6 bedrooms
This exceptional Arts & Crafts style home is set in a private location with far-reaching and panoramic views over the North Wessex Downs. Built in 2010 and designed by award-winning architect Richard Cutler, the property has a wonderful light and airy feel throughout with inside-outside living encouraged via covered and uncovered elevated decked areas, accessed by multiple sets of bi-fold doors. The very flexible accommodation extends to six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and four reception rooms, with stunning landscaped gardens and grounds of approximately 1.8 acres. The large kitchen/family room has a wood-burning stove, bi-fold doors onto the deck in both its south and west aspects, and spectacular views.
4. Rothley, Leicestershire, 8 bedrooms
Located in one of Leicestershire’s most sought-after locations and originally built in 1904, Orchard House has been meticulously refurbished and redeveloped to create an outstanding family home, finished to the highest of standards. The impressive open plan Davonport kitchen includes Miele, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances throughout. There are four large reception rooms, eight bedrooms and four high quality bathrooms. A balcony on the second floor affords elevated, countryside views.
5. Nettleham, Lincolnshire, 5 bedrooms
This superb executive Truelove home, which is the largest on the development, sits within Cricketers Walk, a prestigious new development of individual family homes designed and built for modern open plan living with bespoke kitchens and bathrooms, in the highly sought-after village of Nettleham, about 5 miles north of Lincoln. The kitchen is particularly well-designed and made with unusual, additional features such as the inset oak wine rack. All the appliances are Neff, the ovens top spec with pyrolytic cleaning and hide-and-slide doors.
6. Cotehill, Cumbria, 4 bedrooms
Sunspear is an outstanding, architecturally designed family home offering remarkable living and entertaining spaces. The recently completed property is positioned on a gently sloping site and has been designed to maximise the aspects available. Surrounded by glorious countryside and close to the Lake District National Park, the properties design with glazing to the front and rear along with bespoke balcony makes the most of the uninterrupted, breath-taking views and rural location. The sleek kitchen features an island unit, with wall and floor units offering plenty of storage and workspace, built-in Siemens appliances and a Quooker Cube tap. The Italian porcelain slate-effect stone tiles flow throughout the whole of the downstairs and out to the patio areas. Bi-fold doors out to the front of the property create the perfect indoor/outdoor living space.
7. Sutton St. James, Lincolnshire, 4 bedrooms
This extraordinarily sleek, spacious and minimalist home was completed in 2019 and is located in an idyllic spot beside a waterway on the outskirts of a village in the south Lincolnshire fens. This new build, reminiscent of a vast, converted old barn, has an industrial edge with its Crittal-style glazing and huge spaces contained within a combination of exposed brick and plastered walls, that include four en suite bedrooms, a spectacular open plan kitchen living room, a dining room, a games room, a cinema, a study, an adjoining double garage and a separate workshop outside.
8. Tuttington, Norfolk, 5 bedrooms
This attractive thatched barn conversion is located in a beautiful position with countryside views and generous garden surrounds. Soaring ceilings and solid oak beams contribute to the period character that abounds. The lovely farmhouse style kitchen, open to a breakfast room, is single-storey with vaulted ceilings, with two sets of doors out onto a patio to enjoy in the summer, as well as a gas fire to keep it cosy in winter.
9. Radlett, Hertfordshire, 7 bedrooms
This breathtaking family home, which has been meticulously designed and built to the highest of standards, benefits from just under 7,000 sq. ft of accommodation and is set on a plot stretching over 0.4 of an acre. The ground floor comprises three reception rooms, one bay-fronted and one two with sliding doors opening out to the 170-foot rear garden, followed by a large study and an impressive kitchen lifestyle room.
10. Reading, Berkshire, 4 Bedrooms
Built in 2020, Fernwood House is a contemporary four bedroom Barn style home sitting in approximately 4.5 acres in a peaceful and quiet location with equestrian facilities, annex accommodation and current planning permission for a swimming pool and pool house. The property has been finished to an incredibly high standard with a thoughtfully planned flexible design both internally and externally. The bespoke kitchen area includes a range of luxury integrated appliances, including wide Gaggenau oven, steam oven and warming drawer, Siemens fridge freezer and induction hob, Fisher Paykal coffee machine and microwave/oven, as well as Dunavox double wine fridges.
If you are looking for your next home, either with or without a kitchen to rival to Bake Off tent, get in touch with your local Fine & Country agent to start your search.