Bring a Unique Piece of Nature into your Home with a Stone Fireplace

If you are looking to incorporate the outdoors into your interior design, installing a stone fireplace is a great way to create a centrepiece in your home with a unique piece of nature.

Well-chosen Fireplace materials give a sense of quality that something artificial can never match — so what kind of stone is best used for a fireplace?  With our 40+ years of experience in the design and manufacture of beautiful stone fireplaces, you’re in the right place to find the answer to that question.

Chosen for its aesthetic beauty and structural performance, limestone is the perfect material to create fantastic architectural features. Not only is it easy to carve using specialist tools thanks to its natural bed lines, but it is also quite beautiful in its own right due to the variety of textures, colours and finishes it can display.

Here are a few examples of stone fireplaces in a different array of materials to lend some inspiration:

Ancaster Limestone

Ancaster stone is one of the most long-standing choices for architects in the UK, being recognised as a material that is hard-wearing and durable, as well as creating a look that is visually pleasing and timeless

A lot of great architecture has been created using Ancaster limestone including our very own Palmerston stone fire surround —a classic Victorian design with moulding and details that reflect the beauty of the Ancaster stone and the craftsmanship performed on it.

Creeton Limestone

One of the products that come from Creeton Quarry situated in Grantham, Lincolnshire is Creeton Hard White. We use this limestone at J Rotherham because of the well-defined detail that can be incorporated into it when carving. It also has no fossil content – like some limestones would and therefore, there is no interruption to the aesthetic flow.

Creeton is pale cream to white in colour and will reflect light and colour beautifully when polished to a soft sheen just like the stone fireplace above. opting for our Marlborough design, the customer chose a soft polish to add to its elegant appeal.

However, it can also be rough-polished for a more distressed, aged look depending on customer preference like this example in our Tudor limestone fireplace surround; its intricate carved detailing is enhanced by the workability of the stone.

Bath Stone

Bath Stone is a beautifully smooth with a warm and distinctive honey colour which mellows with age. Whilst its perception may be of softness, it is highly durable, as the Roman and Georgian city of Bath can testify to.

From our signature collection, this is our Merenta surround featured in Bath limestone with Brick Bond back panels and honed black granite hearth.

Portland Limestone

Arguably Britain’s most famous stone, Portland stone has been used throughout the British Isles, notably in major public buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace; and now also seen across the globe including buildings such as the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

We use the best quality, fine grain Portland stone, perfect for intricate stonework. The Derwent fireplace is featured here achieves a timeless appeal achieved through the use of Portland limestone and impeccable masonry.


J.Rotherham fabricates a range of indigenous British and European Limestones to form our exclusive stone fireplace ranges.

We hold large reserves of stocks of material for a fast turnaround and over decades in the industry have built up a reputation for only allowing the best quality materials to reach our factory and enter production, ensuring every fireplace comes from a unique and beautiful piece of nature.

  • Luxury British Fireplaces at great prices: made on-site at our 17 acre advanced manufacturing facility in Yorkshire.
  • Full comprehensive service from consultation and design, to manufacture and installation.
  • We have a beautiful selection of British and European Limestone choices, as well as wood and marble.
  • A full range of heating appliances including; gas, electric, multi fuel and wood burning stoves as well as solid fuel, electric and gas fires.