Celebrity chef plans further renovations for family home
TV chef Jamie Oliver has more remodelling in mind for his 16th-Century mansion, including underfloor heating.
Set on 70 acres of private land in the idyllic village of Finchingfield, Essex, the extensive property had not changed hands for 250 years prior to his purchase. Valued at £6m, the Tudor-style mansion boasts seven bedrooms, a swimming pool and a set of stables where the chef reportedly wishes to film his masterclasses and cooking programmes.
Before Oliver and his family moved in, new features were added to the property, including a pitch for five-a-side football matches. The famous chef’s latest plans involve a complete redo of the house’s library and an additional refit for the kitchen, already customised to suit the chef’s requirements. For this second room, he plans to outfit the adjacent pantry with a modern underfloor heating system. While renowned for its luxury feel, underfloor heating can offer an energy saving option that’s also ideal for smaller rooms around the home, avoiding any need for bulky radiators.
Oliver, his wife Jools and their five children moved to the luxurious property from their previous home based in Hampstead Heath, itself a seven-bedroom mansion with Grade II Listed status. During the recent coronavirus outbreak, the chef has been sharing his two recipe meals and cooking tips with those at home under lockdown while self-isolating himself. His hints include how to get the most from kitchen ingredients and ways to make groceries go further and last longer.