Mr and Mrs Shenton from Sussex have kindly shared their journey of renovating their pool house with us. Set in a national park and on the grounds of a listed building. They wanted to ensure the materials matched that of the area while creating character and warmth. The beautiful oak frame by Oakwrights set the tone of the whole building with exposed beams throughout, which perfectly matched a range of our stone flooring from stonecast to limestone tiles. We dive into the design and choices behind the beautiful Stone Flooring for every room of this oak-framed pool house.

"The brief was to create a replacement pool building and garden (on the site of an old tarmac tennis court) that is sympathetic to the setting of our home, a listed house built in 1703. We wanted the design to blend into the countryside of the South Down National Park where we live. Externally we wanted to create a traditional winding country path across the lawn leading to a Windmill.

timber framed building with full length glass windows and doors

The Pool House Flooring Design

The demolition of the old pool began in April 2016 and the foundations were completed within 10 months. By June 2018, the finishing touches were in place! The owners chose our Antique Honey Cathedral Flooring Tiles for around the pool which worked beautifully with the oak beams, adding to a really natural and serene feel. The pool room led onto a kitchen area accessed through double doors and laid with grey Lancashire Mill Flooring. The hallways and cloakroom were tiled in Old Provence Terracotta Flooring adding warmth to these areas.

"My wife and I love traditional architecture and visiting historic buildings. Our new pool building was to be built using a classic oak frame design, which works perfectly with Yorkstone and terracotta. We decided to use terracotta tiles for the hallway, downstairs cloakroom and shower room as the size and colour works perfectly against the oak beams and doors. We planned to use Jacobean Brick Pavers for the kitchen floor but as we wanted a herringbone design, the sizes were too random and the surface too rough for easy sweeping and cleaning so we chose to use them for the curvy garden path instead."

Lancashire Mill Stone Flooring

 In the kitchen we wanted a traditional orange-coloured brick floor, we felt that this could look lovely alongside larger rustic stones, in a contrasting colour. Also, it is quite common to see stone floors in timber-framed houses. We love square terracotta tiles and wanted to use them somewhere in the house."

Old Provence Tiles

Beautiful Stone Flooring

"I first heard about Westminster Stone via Google searches for natural stone and reproduction stone products. I generally use Google images in the results as a speedy way of visually finding ideas which is faster than trawling through a myriad of websites, all with differing navigational designs.

We were enthused by Westminster Stone's link with the National Trust to obtain patterns and moulds for their flooring. We felt that their products offered a fast-track solution to giving us the perfect floor for the design of the building, without having to source reclaimed materials, which can be extremely time-consuming and costly to source. To that end, we chose Lancashire Mill flagstones for the cottage end of the kitchen, which has a flat ceiling and lots of cross beams that tone in really well.

Lancashire Mill Flooring

For the hallway and cloakroom, we chose Old Provence Terracotta Tiles which give a slightly Mediterranean, Romanesque appearance creating a lovely image when entering the pool building! My favourite product is the Honey Cathedral Limestone flooring we used in the pool room, the tones of which are stunning and mirror the rest of the room, especially the oak and grey/green doors. We are totally delighted with all the product choices we made with Westminster Stone."

Antique Honey Cathedral Flooring
Antique Honey Cathedral Flooring

The Shentons' stunning pool house renovation is a masterclass in combining modern functionality with timeless aesthetics. Using a combination of stone flooring from Stonecast to limestone tiles, they've created a harmonious flow throughout the space, perfectly complementing the beautiful oak frame and the surrounding countryside. Each room features unique flooring that reflects its purpose, with Antique Honey Cathedral tiles adding a natural feel around the pool, Old Provence Terracotta tiles warming the hallways and cloakroom, and Lancashire Mill flooring providing a touch of contemporary elegance in the kitchen.

Bring a touch of classic charm to your own home renovation project. Natural stone flooring offers a wealth of possibilities, from rustic to refined. Shop the look below...

Lancashire Mill Flooring
Antique Honey Cathedral Flooring
Old Provence Terracotta Flooring Tiles
jacobean brick pavers in a winding garden path

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.'