Our customer has kindly shared their journey of finding the perfect flagstones and Tatton Cobbles for their beautiful Cheshire garden and driveway...

The brief 

As owners of a period property near Malpas in Cheshire, we wanted to ensure that any external makeover to the pathways and driveway around our house were done as sympathetically as possible. The existing paving which had been laid 25 years earlier surrounding the house had become ‘tired’ and detracted from the overall look and feel.  In addition, the front and edges of the driveway were ill-defined; our aim was to create a more formal and welcoming entrance to the driveway with the use of traditional cobble edging.

The design 

Once we had established a short-list of potential options to match the existing materials from the Westminster Stone website, we paid a visit to their main showroom near Ellesmere which luckily was not far away from us!  We came prepared with some dimensions of the existing plans and a design for a new courtyard area incorporating a fountain.  Our aim was to try and use a random pattern of smaller slab sizes in order to avoid the design looking too modern, and at the same time replicating the existing design. Being able to see the stones outside on large displays gave us the confidence to be able to narrow down our choice for the materials.  A tip - look at the stone both wet and dry - it can make a big difference!

The product choices 

In the end, we decided on the Honey Cathedral Antique Paving stone, and cobbles in the same material for the rear fountain area.  An important consideration was the fact that the slab material made them more resistant to discolouration and was more hard-wearing and in keeping. The fact that they were available in packs, and we could separate out the larger slabs for a separate project, meant that we were left with a mix of slab sizes ideally suited to our project.


Regarding the cobbles for the front driveway apron and drive edging, we chose National Trust Country House Tatton Cobbles.  The fact that these had been commissioned for the National Trust gave us the confidence that the finished look would remain faithful to the character of our (and other local period) property, and we were not disappointed with the end result!

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Honey Cathedral Paving

Durable and hard-wearing, Hand Cut Honey Cathedral Paving Slabs are a classic limestone patio choice and one of our best selling flagstones.

Hand-Cut Honey Cathedral Limestone paving slabs can be used to complement traditional gardens, or contemporary paving areas and are hand fettled to give a natural appearance. The product is delivered in mixed size patio packs, containing five sizes that can be laid coursed or in a random pattern. All of the hand-cut flags are ethically sourced, and are calibrated patio slabs, for ease of handling, and laying.

National Trust Tatton Cobbles

Replicating the old world charm of a country house, National Trust Courtyard Cobbles are reminiscent of those found in the estate courtyard at Tatton Park, near Knutsford, Cheshire.

The cobbles are available in 3 sizes and can be laid randomly or coursed in a variety of applications including pathways, driveways or as an edging to a border or paved area. The cobbles’ character and blend of colours are designed to complement and match the textures and hues of the Petworth flagstone. Indeed the modular sizing makes the Tatton Cobble the perfect partner to the Petworth Flagstone for endless design options.