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Famous cook’s kitchen up for sale

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National treasure and the queen of kitchens, the loveable Mary Berry is selling her kitchen - up for sale for £800,000, complete with a beautiful house wrapped around it. The holiday home in Salcombe is currently on the market and there is bound to be interest from MB fans, who would love to cook in the same kitchen where Mary Berry has cooked for friends and family since 2006.

Chris Evans talked about the house sale on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show and felt that the kitchen alone would be worth £800,000 because of the Mary Berry effect.

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Property TV programmes demonstrate the importance of a good kitchen

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I love the property programmes on the TV - ‘Escape to the Country’, ‘Homes under the Hammer’, ‘Location Location Location’ - and I watch all of them whenever I can.

With so many properties featured and an equal number of characters looking to move home, it is interesting to see the one thing the house-hunters all have in common is their need for and appreciation of a good kitchen.  Often referred to as the most important part of the property and the heart of every home.

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Historic Kitchen at Petworth House shows the early development of kitchen design

Whenever I visit a National Trust property or any historic property, the place that fascinates me the most is always the kitchen. The heart of any property the kitchen will tell you so much about the wealth and status of the original owner, the number of servants they could afford to have and the kind of food that was prepared in some of the largest and most important historic kitchens in the world.

The kitchens in Petworth House, East Sussex. Image via Flickr user Anguskirk.
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Did you see TV series ‘Back in time for Dinner’?

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Some controversy surrounded this charming BBC 2 documentary series about how one British family were taken on a time travelling adventure to discover how the way we eat and live has changed since the 1950’s.  The controversy, mainly on Twitter, surrounded how hard it was for the lady of the house to use a manual tin opener, obviously a first time experience for her and her family - frankly I thought it was hilarious and I believe that anyone taken back 60 years and given the basic tools they had to use then would have found it a challenge.

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Two New Full Scale Kitchen Displays Launched At Beau-Port Showroom

A new DIY warehouse opened up locally a few weeks ago and I decided to take a look and see what was on offer and how their products and displays would measure up to  Beau-Port’s products and showroom.  It was difficult to get a real sense of how the kitchens I saw would look in a real setting, most were just very small kitchen displays or just portions of kitchen displays, all looking rather clinical in the harsh light of the warehouse setting.

The Beau-Port design team of Mark and Jacob Johnson have the benefit of a large showroom that has full-scale kitchen displays so that client’s can come along and get a real feel of how a particular kitchen - whether it is a contemporary kitchen, traditional kitchen or Shaker style kitchen - would work in their home.

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