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The deVOL Journal

Home At The Stone House

28th April 2022

By Molly Cherry

Around a month ago I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the beautiful Stone House which is situated in a lovely village close by to our showroom here in Leicestershire. Sarah, the owner of this stunning property, was kind enough to invite us into her home for us to photograph her recently renovated kitchen which features our Mill House Blend Limestone.

Before we talk tiles, I thought I would give you a little insight into the property as there is a lot of history behind this house. The main part of the house is around 500 years old with some parts of the house thought to be even older than this meaning it is often referred to as the oldest house in the village. It was originally a traditional farmhouse with a lot of land and was owned by the mother of Henry VII, Margaret Beaufort.

Many, many (many!) years down the line, Sarah is now in the midst of a large renovation project on the property and has been working on this since she purchased the house back in 2020. Over the past 18 months there has already been a lot of progress, particularly on the exterior of the house.

I’d been keeping a close eye on Sarah’s lovely Instagram page, @homeatthestonehouse, where she had been kind enough to tag us in various progress images which I thoroughly enjoyed viewing! As soon as I saw the finished images of the kitchen, I couldn’t help but send a message to Sarah to see if we could pay a visit and much to my excitement, Sarah was more than happy to let us in so we set a date. Luckily for us, it was the most beautiful spring morning with the sunshine beaming down. Upon our arrival, there was a beautiful courtyard space and with the sun shining, I felt like I was on holiday!

 

Back to reality and it was time to head inside to see the eagerly awaited kitchen first hand and it really did not disappoint. It was very obvious that a lot of time and thought had gone into this room with every small detail being perfectly thought out. There was some truly beautiful original features in the kitchen such as an old barn door and the original bread oven that once was that was now being used as a very handy bookcase for various cooking books. Aside from the original features was the brand new flooring, our Mill House Blend Limestone which was the perfect fit with the character of the property. This aged limestone ranges in colour from a dark grey to a warmer beige tone with a variety of colours in-between. The softly tumbled edges and lightly pitted surface just added to the existing character of this space and really complimented the original features, including the original stone wall which was one of the main features of the kitchen. The varying colours found within the wall paired perfectly with the limestone floor and this was one of my first comments to Sarah when I saw it, it looked as if it was made specifically to match the floor!

Sarah opted for the 500xFL tile size for the kitchen which I think was the right option to fit within this space. Within this sort of pattern, you get a consistent width across all of the tiles but you get a variety of lengths which is the ideal layout for an old, characterful property where not everything is perfectly straight or neat.

It was such an honour to be invited into this lovely home so a huge thank you to Sarah for welcoming us and I’m already looking forward to seeing further progress throughout the house. If you would like any further information on the tiles featured here, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our sales team.