Our Ideal Castle Kitchen

So much design thought lately has been going into what we want our kitchen to look like. I do all the cooking in our house, so I definitely have my own ideas. We also want the kitchen to look fairly period correct. Rustic, old, but not lose function.

We’ve made some decisions, we are going to do a grey flagstone floor throughout the whole 1st floor, and will continue that into the kitchen.

We are leaning strongly toward a soapstone countertop with a chiseled edge like in the below picture. Probably a soapstone farmhouse style sink as well.


We want stone work on either side of the range and surrounding the hood.


For cabinetry we want to go with a rustic oak, full inset cabinet doors, lots of drawers & pullouts vs. fewer doors. Some glass insets on the uppers.

Overall, our favorite kitchen we’ve found is the below picture:


We like all the little details about this kitchen. We’ll use the stone flooring, and we’ll put the stone countertops on the Island as well, and we want the stone around the range. But we do like the backsplash here, the wall colors, and especially the use of beams, especially that big rustic soffit beam.

A problem is our kitchen is in a tower, and so is round. This makes everything harder and more expensive. Today I’ve been trying to get an
estimate on making a beam that we can use like that soffit beam in the picture, but having it be curved as needed.

Kitchen Layout


  1. I found a place able to do the curved beam for around $3 grand I think it was, so that is definitely doable then. They’ll do it in sections, and it’ll end up being a round beam with an 16 foot inner diameter.

  2. Hi Ishmael,
    I stumbled upon your blog as I was researching Stone veneer, full thickness stone or manufactured stone. I like the ashlar cut lime stone look. Buff colors
    Ironically I happen to be working on a design phase of a castle for the past few years. It too has two round towers with the front entrance between them. Towers will be just 2 floors, dining-room and kitchen with a bedroom above each.. Main building will be 3 floors.
    My design has a 7 foot aboveground basement with no windows. so the first floor windows would be up high. ICF “Quadblock” walls and “Quaddeck flooring and roof”
    I laughed as I read your blog as you are describing my plans. You are just going way bigger than I could afford.
    I found 150 acres for a good price with river front. Got it back in 2008. Next year I should be dozing a road to the top of the ridge for the build site.

  3. Ishmael says:

    Great minds huh Rich? I would like to see your plans if you have them.

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