From the award-winning restoration of the Master’s House in Ledbury to the new £1.4 million visitor centre at the National Arboretum in Westonbirt, Pennant sandstone has won the admiration of many leading architects and designers. This restful yet complex stone, with its light-reflecting surface, has been used for paving, flooring, bespoke furniture, architectural masonry, steps, street signage, and much more besides.
One of the classic indigenous stones of the British Isles, it is still quarried to this day and can also be found, if you’re lucky, in reclamation yards or via architectural salvage experts. But it comes at a cost. Reclaimed
Pennant flagstones will set you back around £150 per sq. metre, and the variation in thickness both restricts the laying options and adds to the final bill. Pennant stone is a much-loved feature of Welsh towns such Maesteg, Ebbw Vale, and Newport, but also graces many English urban centres, such as Hereford, and Worcester. The main seam runs from South Wales through to the New Forest: the latter being one of the main sources today.
But now home owners can enjoy a similar stone look, at a fraction of the cost, in the form of Porcelain Superstore’s outstanding Winchester range. This collection was inspired by reclaimed stone, and offers an authentic looking time-worn effect, with a soft surface and finished edges. This highly-resistant 10mm thick Italian glazed porcelain stoneware range is ideal for internal or external use, as it is totally frost free. This means that it is perfect for achieving the much sought-after continuous inside-out look.
But this range’s versatility does not end there. It features a great selection of modular formats, allowing incredible creative freedom. Porcelain Superstore has maximised this design scope, while simplifying the ordering process, by selling Winchester in 0.75 sq. metre packs: each containing two 203 by 203mm tiles; two 405 by 405mm tiles; one 203 by 405mm tile; and one 405 by 605mm tile. These six tiles can be arranged in one of three modular patterns, including the classic Opus Romana.
To make our customer’s lives even easier, these patterns are shown on each box to help you, and your tiler, decide on the perfect pattern for your home. These patterns not only add visual interest, but emphasise the range's authentic reclaimed look. The Winchester range truly emulates the timeworn charm of reclaimed stone, yet offers simple installation and ease of maintenance. Expect to see natural shading, chipped edges, and a slightly-pitted yet soft surface that feels great underfoot. Predominantly a warm light grey with hints of sandstone, white and other lighter hues, this stone works well in a country cottage setting, but is equally at home in a harder edged urban space. And, as a cost of just £44.00 per sq. metre, Winchester offers an upmarket House and Garden aesthetic at DIY prices. We love it … and you’ll love it too.