Rachel has kindly shared her journey to finding the perfect cottage stone flooring for her 15th-century cottage dining room below. She chose our Hidcote Flagstone Flooring to complement the red brick and timber structure...

Design Brief

We have lived in our 15th-century cottage in Kent for two and a half years. When we purchased the cottage, we knew it was a big responsibility and wanted to do the building justice! The building is made of red brick and timber. 

When we moved in during October 2018, the floor was one of the first things we did. We chose wood originally; mainly because I felt it was the easier option. Sadly, in December 2020, we experienced torrential rain and our dining room flooded. It was time to explore suitable flooring for our home.

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Project Details

The process was long and drawn out, mainly due to the fact that I knew I didn’t want modern or straight lines as everything in this house is wonky but at the same time, it needed to prevent a flood again (water rose from underground pushing the wooden slats up; the force of water is not to be messed with). It has taken many months of carefully searching - four to be exact and after about fifty samples received, I’m not kidding you!

My Dad (who knew exactly what I was after) found Westminster Stone online and yes I’d found our floor! Immediately, I rang them and they were so helpful and offered to send a sample of their Hidcote Flooring. Unlike many companies, they sent a lovely-sized stone to get the real effect. It arrived quickly and straight away I knew we’d found the right floor. 

My husband and I installed the floor; we are amateurs so we took our time but the result is outstanding. So many family members have commented on how beautiful it is. A job well done! 

Rachel's story beautifully illustrates the challenges and rewards of finding the perfect flooring for a historic property. Her perseverance in searching for a solution that respected the character of her 15th-century cottage, while also offering practicality - ultimately led to a stunning transformation.

Is your historic home in need of a flooring upgrade that honours its heritage? Inspired by Rachel's journey, explore how Hidcote Flagstone Flooring can seamlessly blend modern functionality with timeless aesthetics...

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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.'