The Brief

"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.

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."

The Design

"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."

Product Selection

"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 buildings design, 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 which tones in really well.

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."

Mr and Mrs Shenton, Sussex


All four of the products featured in this beautiful project are available to buy online from this website.

Lancashire Mill Stone Floors

Antique Honey Cathedral Flooring

Old Provence Tiles

Jacobean Brick Paving