The Owl Logo for  Shere Kitchens - beautiful kitchens handmade in Shere Guildford Surrey


Having been referred to us by friends, our clients knew they could ask our cabinet makers to craft exactly what they wanted. So when they came to visit us at our workshop in Shere, they bought twelve pages of sketches, photos & notes detailing all the features they had loved in their previous kitchens and lots of new details they wanted to include in their new build.  

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It was a pleasure to make & fit this elegant kitchen for a family building their dream home. Their focus was on clean functional design combined with classic craftsmanship.

Open-plan, spacious feel

A large & beautifully tiled hallway leads into the bright kitchen / dining / living room. The three areas are zoned perfectly with large stone tiles in the kitchen & warm parquet flooring in the eating & relaxing areas; with black framed sash windows at either end & doors in the middle opening out on to the veranda & garden.

Arts & Crafts

The whole house is filled with gorgeous vintage finds & antique wooden pieces with time worn patina. Craftsmanship was key to the look of this kitchen & achieved with a delicate cock bead framing, solid handmade shaker style cabinetry, painted by hand with oak interiors. There is fine caning in the bar stools, wood carving details & soft velvet upholstery on the dining chairs. A beautiful blend of old & new ~ it’s homely, artistic, calming, organised, stunning & it feels oh so perfect.

Layout Considerations

  • In such a substantial kitchen it is a good idea to think about how you're going to use the space when you cook, to avoid long walks around the kitchen with armfuls of vegetables or heavy pans. So the 'traditional triangle route' between the hob/oven, fridge/larder & sink works brilliantly here.
  • A 1700mm Island houses the sink, with bins & dishwasher either side. Wine fridge & wine rack along the left side & extra storage for bulky items like the food processor in the cupboards along the bar stool run. On the right there is something really magical - a baking drawer for the children, packed full of their own utensils & cookie cutters.
  • The main prep areas around the hob & sink have been kept clear, with utensils on hand in over-sized drawers with broad pan drawers beneath.


  • On the left hand side of the kitchen the cabinetry is recessed into the wall. It cleverly hides a huge section of the kitchen so that it's less imposing on the space.
  • What dreams are made of - a magnificent well stocked bespoke larder cupboard in oak. Almost all of the families dry foodstuffs fit into this oversize cupboard with spice & oil racks, adjustable shelving, pull out drawers & baskets.
  • Marie Kondo inspired bespoke features such as pull out drawers for Tupperware, water bottles and all the lids.
  • Tall glassware cabinet, housing every glass you might want - this family are always ready to party.
  • The grand proportions of the full height cabinetry blending into the coving (which is used throughout the house), really makes the kitchen feel like it's always been there. Cupboards running to the ceiling offers extra storage for seasonal items & eliminates dust traps.

Colour crush

Warm natural woods, pure white worktop & the cool blues. The island and recessed cabinetry are painted in Blue Blood by Paint & Paper Library. The wall & base cabinetry are painted in Bone China Blue by Little Greene Paint Company. It’s a winning combination.

“Our kitchen is such a happy place and I know part of that stems from your incredible craftsmanship, your love of cabinetry and attention to detail ... we love to recommend you as we know what a pleasure awaits your clients!”

A and G, East Horsley, Surrey