Westminster Stone is proud to introduce a brand new National Trust paving range: Coastal Cottage. Featuring four exciting new paving products, all influenced by the National Trust Coastline and slate-roofed cottages of the south coast. With over 775 miles of rugged cliffs, wild beaches, and sweeping sea views. The National Trust coastline has long been a source of creativity for artists, writers, and designers alike. Our design team have taken inspiration from these rugged coastal textures and earthy tones to curate an exquisite new paving range that reflects the natural beauty of this enchanting and diverse landscape and the villages surrounding it.

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Coastal Cottage Slate Paving

The National Trust Coastline is home to some of the most dramatic slate formations in the UK and this hardy weather-resistant material can be found atop many of the traditional coastal cottages here. Our designers have captured the beauty of this stone in two of our new slate paving products: Branscombe Slate Paving and Tintagel Slate Paving. They offer the perfect choice for anyone looking to create a stylish and contemporary look for their outdoor space while still retaining the character and charm of natural stone.

Branscombe water wheel in Devon with slate roof and surrounded by green fields.
The overshot water wheel at Manor Mill, Branscombe, Devon. National Trust image by Eric McDonald

Branscombe Slate Paving

Beautiful Branscombe sits at the heart of England's first natural world heritage site - nestled between Sidmouth and Seaton on the South Coast of Devons Jurrasic coastline. Laced with idyllic traditional thatched and slate-roofed cottages and stunning countryside, this village has a rich history of fishing, smuggling and blacksmithing and is home to the oldest thatched working forge in the UK!

The village's unique geological features and natural beauty have inspired our Coastal Cottage product Branscombe slate paving. Taking inspiration from Branscombe's rugged cliffs, slate-roofed cottages, shingle beaches, and pebble banks.

Branscombe Slate Paving adds a delightful charm and warmth to outdoor settings. Its aged appearance and rusty overtones beautifully complement the brown and grey hues within this unique slate. This natural slate paving takes inspiration from the timeless, magical ambience of the National Trust’s Branscombe bay and provides an ethereal charm to coastal and cottage gardens alike

Branscombe slate paving with rustic tones framed by foliage
Tintagel post office with slate roof and slate flagstones.
Tintagel Post Office. National Trust Image by Chris Lacey

Tintagel Slate Paving

The National Trust's Tintagel Old Post Office building is a fascinating historic site located in the heart of Tintagel village, Cornwall. This mediaeval farmhouse has been modified over 6 centuries and was last used as a post office in the Victorian era. Tintagel is famous for its fabulous wonky slate roof dating back to the Tudor period and a quaint victorian style cottage garden to explore. It has since been preserved as a museum with postal memorabilia providing visitors with a glimpse into it's long history.

Tintagel Aged Slate provides a rustic charm and instant maturity to coastal landscapes and gardens. Ethically sourced, the unique mottled grey surface texture provides an abundance of character. Inspired by the National Trust’s stunning medieval Tintagel Old Post Office and its enchanting cottage gardens, the tumbled edges of these paving slabs enhance its worn appearance for a truly quaint and charming feel.

grey slate paving with the corner of a green wroguht iron garden chair and terracotta potted topiary bush
Salcombe Estuary with turquoise waters framed with greenary. inspiration for the mill bay Coastal Cottage paving range
View of Salcombe Estuary National Trust image by Eric McDonald

Coastal Cottage Wood-Effect Porcelain Paving

A privately owned sandy beach sitting at the mouth of the Salcombe estuary, Mill Bay is famous for its stunning turquoise sea offering safe, clean swimming and plenty of rock pools for families to explore and enjoy. A true British seaside gem and a major source of inspiration for our Walnut and Driftwood Wood Effect Porcelain Paving.

The rugged, natural beauty of the wild Mill Bay coastline has been captured in the deep, rich tones of the Walnut Wood Effect Porcelain Paving, mimicking the texture and warmth of natural wood. While the Driftwood Wood Effect Porcelain Paving has been inspired by the delicate textures and subtle hues of the driftwood that washes up on the beach. Featuring a lighter, more muted colour palette, reflecting the sun-bleached tones of the coastal landscape. Both of these porcelain paving products are perfect for creating a rustic, natural look.

Mill Bay Porcelain Paving - Walnut

A sophisticated alternative to decking, these beautiful wood-effect porcelain tiles add a rich warmth to outdoor spaces. Inspired by the unspoiled coastline and rustic driftwood found at Mill Bay on the Devon coast, this weather-resistant porcelain adds a glorious vintage coastal feel to gardens. Manufactured using the finest Italian processes, Mill Bay Porcelain strikes the perfect balance between functionality and beauty.

Mill Bay Porcelain Paving in walnut  with wicker basket and shells-part of the coastal cottage range

Mill Bay Porcelain Paving - Driftwood

Mill Bay Driftwood Grey Porcelain paving is a stunning alternative to traditional decking and adds a beautiful, rustic charm to coastal gardens and cottages alike. Inspired by driftwood found in the wild coastlines of Devon’s Mill Bay, these wood-effect porcelain tiles are oozing with style and sophistication. Their rustic surface texture and subtle grey colour variations add a beautiful charm to any outdoor setting.

Mill Bay Porcelain Paving in  Driftwood  with spade and fork on a topiary bush-part of the coastal cottage range

Embrace the Enchantment of the Coast with the National Trust Paving Collection

Westminster Stone's National Trust Paving Collection welcomes the captivating Coastal Cottage Range, imbued with the essence of the dramatic coastlines and charming villages so cherished by the National Trust.

Featuring five distinct ranges inspired by traditional National Trust properties and gardens across the country, the collection comprises paving, flagstones and landscaping products of unrivalled quality and character. This unique paving collection reflects the best of our nation’s landscape heritage. Including terracotta inspired by Roman Villa Chedworth, a Kitchen Garden range including rustic brick pavers and a Country House and Cotswold Manor range perfect for traditional properties.

How Westminster Stone Supports the National Trust

We have currently contributed over £350k in the past 10 years to support the National Trust 'for everyone, forever' Read more on Preserving Our Heritage and how Westminster Stone supports the National Trust or take a look at how we work with the National Trust and what criteria we meet.

About the Author

Sian McHugh

'Sian has been working with us at Westminster Stone for over 5 years and has developed expertise in garden design and landscaping. Her passion for nature extends to tending her own garden, teaching yoga and hiking during her free time.'