The Cotswolds are full of homes that have a rural charm, and nothing says country life like snuggling up in front of the fireplace after a long day. However, when it comes to actually choosing a fireplace, what do you go for? Increasingly, people are looking for natural stone, and limestone fireplace surrounds can be seen in many homes in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, and beyond. But what is it that makes limestone the best choice for your property?
There are many different materials available for fireplaces, and limestone is a mid-range option, meaning you can get high-quality without breaking the bank. Limestone fireplaces strike a balance between being affordable while still giving you excellent quality for your money, and they have much more aesthetic appeal than cheaper options.
Limestone is an excellent material for stonemasons to work with, as it is slightly soft, which means there are more design options. When using limestone for a fireplace, stonemasons can get the stone to exactly the right size and shape, so it fits the space perfectly, and they can then add features such as carvings and use many classic designs to get the look you want.
Different types of limestone
Not all limestone is the same or gives you the same look. There are many types of limestone with subtle colour differences, such as:
- Cotswold limestone
- Bath limestone
- Portland limestone
- Ancaster limestone
This allows you to choose different colours such as cream, light yellow, or soft grey tones, so you aren’t just confined to one shade. Because limestone is naturally occurring, your limestone hearth will have a one of a kind look, with natural features in the stone such as veins and fine grains, giving it a lot more personality.
Strong and sturdy
Limestone is an incredibly tough stone, and when you install it near a fireplace, you know it’ll last for decades. In fact, it’ll probably still be there long after you leave the house! Limestone fire surrounds keep looking good for years and years, unlike options such as metal which rusts and corrodes, or wood which needs a lot of maintenance and re-painting.
Homes which have an existing fireplace can easily get a limestone surround to upgrade their interior. Limestone fireplace surrounds for wood burners add a touch of luxury, yet they’re easy to install, as long as the right shape and size has been selected, and by using a bespoke manufacturer you can be sure the process will be easier.
Upgrade your fireplace
Many homes in Gloucestershire already have fireplaces, especially properties in the Cotswolds which can often be hundreds of years old. However, they may look a bit neglected or have surrounds that were added in the past few decades, clashing with the historic décor. Limestone can make the most of this beautiful feature of your home and instantly makes it look more special.