If there’s one thing that makes Claire Lewis, director of Ashbourne Developments, shudder, it’s the idea of mass producing any of her properties. “We take so much care to create homes that are individual,” she explains. “It’s the attention to detail that makes all the difference.”
The story of their latest project begins when Claire and her husband and fellow director, James, spotted a plot on one of South Ascot’s most sought-after roads. Specialising in luxury homes in the Berkshire area, Claire and James were convinced that the plot had potential, despite the fact that it was, at the time, the site of a dated 1970s-built house made up of an endless series of small rooms, including a tiny kitchen. “Its secluded position and large garden were very attractive,’ says Claire, ‘and we could see the potential to build something much more suited to modern family living with generously sized rooms.”
With the old house demolished, work could begin on construction of the new £4 million, six bedroom, six bathroom home, surrounded by a newly landscaped garden, filled with plants and mature trees. ‘I tend to approach a project by imagining it as my own home, with every detail planned as I would like it to be,’ Claire continues. “The kitchen and dining areas are really the centre of family life, so I wanted to create somewhere with lovely views of the garden and an open, inviting feel.”
“It was a natural move, says Claire, to contact Adelise Morgan-Scully, senior designer at Nicholas Anthony, to create the kitchen. ‘This is our third project with Adelise,” explains Claire. “She is wonderful to work with, and has a great ability to interpret my ideas and introduce her own, so we work together very well.”
While the new room has grandeur, created by its generous size, wide glass doors, tall ceilings and classic luxury materials including beautiful marble, it also has warmth. The walnut accents introduce some texture and richness, but the soft grey- beige matt finish of the furniture is subtle and warm.
The kitchen displays Y Line handleless furniture in Matt Stone Grey from the Nicholas Anthony Signature Collection. They introduce a subtle, streamlined elegance to the large kitchen-dining space, while the slender Frost White quartz worktop provides crisp contrast. A Carrara marble breakfast bar floats off the island top and, teamed with walnut bar stools, creates a sociable element to the classic-contemporary design.