I have tried to create such a kitchen at Chez Alice. There is a fireplace and a large wooden kitchen table, two farmhouse style wooden dressers and a mix/match of enamel dishes, plates, pots, colourful cups, utensils and paraffin lamps to give a happy homely feel.
French doors lead out onto the verandah where there is another large table and chairs for alfresco dining.
The kitchen is equipped with a five burner gas cooker and large electric oven. There is also a microwave, which doubles as a convection oven, handy for heating a few croissants in the morning.
For coffee lovers there is a nexpresso machine and milk frother , or for the more traditional there is a hand coffee grinder and plunger.
There are all the usual modern kitchen necessities….dishwasher, kettle, toaster and large fridge / deep freeze. There is a good selection of pots, pans and kitchen utensils for those who enjoy cooking.
There will be a stock of all the basic non perishables, like salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, herbs, spices, flour, rice, pasta, sugar, tea and coffee and some fresh milk, eggs, butter and fruit, to allow you to settle in on arrival without having to rush out to the shops.
The house has four double bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Three of the bedrooms are upstairs, with stone pine floors and large wooden sash windows facing towards the Atlantic Ocean and the setting sun. The middle room is the main very spacious bedroom, with a king sized bed facing the sea. The high thatched roof gives the room an airy and exotic feel.
On either side of the main bedroom there is a smaller, but still spacious, bedroom each with it’s own character. One room has a double bed, comfy armchair and Cape style oak furniture to match the antique bed. This room has a particularly cosy feel.The third room has a double sized brass bed, comfortable sofa and built in cupboard space. The rustic charm is maintained with country style decor.
There is a bathroom at both ends of the upstairs floor. One has a shower and the other a bath.
Downstairs there is a fourth bedroom with a terra-cotta tiled floor and French doors opening out onto a secluded end of the verandah. The queen sized bed faces the verandah, with a view out over the garden and beyond, to the sea.
Next to this bedroom there is a third bathroom with a shower.