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

Get The Look

All four of the Beautiful Stone Flooring Combinations featured in this project are available to buy online from this website.

Lancashire Mill Flooring

Authentic Stonecast Lancashire Mill Flooring Flags create a traditional, lived-in ambience for any indoor space. The colour particularly lends itself to areas of heavy wear such as hallways, boot rooms and kitchens. Suitable for use with underfloor heating.

Lancashire Mill Flooring

Antique Honey Cathedral Flooring

Westminster Stone’s best-selling Antique Honey Cathedral flagstones are distinctive premium quality limestone flagstones with a tumbled vintage edge and surface, giving an aged appearance. Buff, yellow, grey and brown in colour tones, these antique stone flooring flags have a worn texture and will add classic maturity to any setting, whether indoors or out

Antique Honey Cathedral Flooring

Old Provence Terracotta Flooring Tiles

Just close your eyes and think of Provence…. glowing amber hillsides, the soft purple hues of lavender fields, the terrace from which you enjoyed that view. Westminster Stone Old Provence Tiles offer a superb and unique design alternative to other more modern tiles such as Indian sandstone or porcelain slabs.

Old Provence Terracotta Flooring Tiles

Jacobean Brick Pavers

These traditional Jacobean Brick Paving blocks and brick-on-edge paving brick materials add character and maturity to any restoration project. They are also ideal for pathways or as a design feature in a cottage garden, or as rustic paving. 

jacobean brick pavers in a winding garden path