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Natural stone staircases are the epitome of grandeur. Nothing else captures the eye quite as much as the elegant lines of a stone staircase. Using traditional skills alongside modern cutting and carving equipment, stonemasons can create staircases to suit any building style – cantilever, spiral or freestanding, traditional or modern. Whilst natural stone is at home in traditional environments, it can be teamed with stainless steel, glass, or wood for a modern twist. Natural stone is probably the most durable material to use for a staircase as it’s easily maintainable and long lasting.


An elegant, hand-carved, stone fireplace is a lovely feature in any room, as well as providing that much-needed warmth in the colder months. Stone fireplaces are strong, durable, and long lasting, and only require minimal maintenance to keep them in the best condition possible. If you don’t want to use a ‘standard’ design, draughtsmen are able to turn your ideas into reality using photographs, lifestyle magazine pictures, or even a sketch.


Natural stone is getting more and more popular with self- builders and homeowners, recognising the value of investing in this wonderful natural product. By its very nature, limestone is unique; it has character, stability, and opulence – every piece has distinct flecks of colour and remnants of fossils. And, because it comes from the earth, it’s eco-friendly. Limestone and sandstone are most commonly used for stone staircases and fireplaces. Popular types are Portland limestone and York sandstone, which are available in a range of colours. Natural stone is also now more affordable than ever due to advances in quarrying and processing technology, making the process more efficient.


For 25 years, Cotswold Natural Stone Ltd have been producing and supplying a range of high-quality, natural stone products, including building and walling stone, architectural and specialist masonry, external paving, internal flooring, and reclaimed Yorkstone. Their products come from their own quarries in the Cotswolds, or from an extensive range of British stone held at their Oxfordshire-based yard and masonry workshop.

For more information, please contact us on 01993 867392 or via


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Wed 10 Apr 2024

Meadows are wonderful, evolving entities. The first year of any meadow it has a huge array of beautiful annuals for colour, however your subsequent years are always a fantastic surprise as to what you will get. Different flowers will germinate in different years all dependant on the condition of the soil, weather etc.

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Tue 9 Apr 2024

In his latest book, freelance journalist, author and novelist Christopher Hart explores the history and ecology of Britain’s hedges.

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When artist Julia Sorrell contacted me to see if I thought our readers might be interested in the story of how she and husband, Ian, renovated their property in Shipton-under-Wychwood, I jumped at the chance to learn more. Their aim was to use as many recycled materials as possible, and they will be opening their home to visitors during Oxfordshire Artweeks in May.

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April is the month when you can discover the beautiful, delicate, drooping bell-shaped purple or white flowers of the exquisite snake’s head fritillary which puts on a show in traditional flood meadows, such as those at Iffley Meadows, managed by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.