Here’s just a little bit about us…..

Chris:  “My background is in furniture design and manufacture.  After graduating from Rycotewood College in Oxfordshire, I worked in my family’s furniture and soft furnishings business, “The Dormy House”.  I then set off on my own and carved a successful career designing, making and installing bespoke fitted furniture.  This progressed into designing and making painted kitchens for clients and carrying out the all fitting and associated works.

In 2011, I set up Haydown and continued to make kitchens, as well as the occasional piece of fitted furniture.  Lis and I then wanted to offer an alternative to our bespoke kitchens and carried out a lot of research to find the right supplier.  We chose Nolte, a premium German brand, known for its innovation, design and choice of styles and materials.  Nolte kitchens are very well priced for the quality, and the support and service from the company is excellent.  In 2018, we partnered with a second German kitchen supplier, Nobilia.  They are  the largest manufacturer of kitchens in Germany, and have a range of good quality, made to order kitchens at very attractive prices.”


Lis:  “My background couldn’t be more different to Chris’s!  After completing an HND in Business Studies, I worked for a major tour operator and spent many years overseas. I started off as a holiday representative and worked my way up to management.  It was a very interesting and varied career with a strong focus on customer service.  It also gave me the opportunity to learn several European languages including Greek and Spanish.

On returning to England in 2003, I met Chris, we got married and the rest, as they say, is history!  In 2016, after working several years in procurement for an international business supplies company, I joined Chris full time in Haydown Kitchens.”

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chris and Lis Valenzia
Haydown Kitchens