One of the personal touches that Farmer Bob and I added to the City House was recycled messmate timber bench tops. They really added warmth to the kitchen and changed the tone of the place to a warm and natural feel.
I loved the look and they were very nice to use and easy to care for. If they got dented or stained, a little buzz with the electric sander and a bit of timber oil took care of it.
I hope to take this style with me into the Country House when we get down to redoing the kitchen. Yeah, its on the list.