Contemporary conservation


Somerset Lias has recently supplied white lias internal flooring and blue lias external paving to Cadhay House in Devon.

This beautiful Elizabethan manor was recently listed by Country Life magazine as one of the top ten manor houses in the country, and is one of Devon’s most sought after wedding venues.

Located in the town of Ottery, Cadhay House dates back to 1550. Conservation architect Russ Palmer recommended Somerset Lias stone for the flooring of the new reception room and paving in the surrounding garden.

Somerset Lias supplied 75 sq m of fully calibrated white lias internal flooring with a honed finish. This allowed the main contractor Skinner Construction to achieve a 3 mm joint – giving the new reception room a contemporary look whilst using traditional materials in keeping with the building’s historic background.

We also supplied 45 sq m of tumbled blue lias outdoor paving. The tumbling process replicates hundreds of years of footfall, which allowed the paving to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding gardens.

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