Slatescape provide bespoke 20mm thick Brazilian Graphite natural slate flooring to prestigious holiday and wedding venue in a beautiful Cornish seaside setting.
The Polpier Estate in Mevagissey – overlooking one of Cornwall’s historic fishing harbours, consists of two fine traditional houses open for self-catering holiday makers, wedding parties and other exclusive guests all year round.
Polpier House itself, built in 1892 by Cornish architect Silvanus Trevail, is a traditional property which has been luxuriously restored to provide guests with somewhere to relax and enjoy its spacious modern comfort.
The owner of the estate, Amanda Hines, wanted the renovation of Polpier House to be sympathetic with the Cornish style. As slate has a long tradition in the area as a building material, it was first choice for the flooring scheme. She therefore commissioned Slatescape to supply suitable products for her exacting specifications.
Not only is natural slate flooring very beautiful, the thick Brazilian Graphite floor tiles supplied by Slatescape are extremely hardwearing and long-lasting. Additionally, the product also works perfectly with the under-floor heating in the building for the comfort of the guests. The natural slate product suited the traditional style of the building, but also worked extremely well with the very modern interior schemes she created for her guests.
“I have used the same material throughout many different areas to create a continuous flow in the house,” said Amanda. “The entire ground floor of Polpier House has Slatescape flooring installed, including the disco hall.”
“It has a beautiful natural colour too, with few variations,” she continued. “So it works well with the whole variety of colour combinations throughout the property.”
The durability of the new slate floor is particularly important at Polpier where, as well as welcoming up to 16 holiday guests a day, large wedding parties are also catered for. “Up to 100 guests could be assembled at any one time, so the floor has to look good, be safe and also hard wearing.” Amanda commented.
Another important advantage of slate flooring which appealed to Amanda was that once correctly sealed, it is extremely safe and impervious to dirt – a tremendous advantage both for the safety of her visitors and ease of maintenance for her staff. This was particularly important in the kitchen, where it must be kept scrupulously clean whilst still looking elegant – and also in the bathrooms, where water spillage could also be an issue.
Amanda commented: “Safety is an important aspect in the hotel complex so slate is the ideal choice as it is not as slippery when wet as other stone flooring products. It is also very good for dog friendly homes as it can be easily washed.”
Amanda also picked Slatescape’s Brazilian Graphite slate as her flooring material of choice because of the fantastic quality and thickness of the material and the extra large sizes available from the company.
There was a lot of square meterage to cover, so she chose various sizes for different areas of the property including 750mm, 800mm, 1200mm and 1500mm x 900mm – all with a 20mm thickness for added strength.
“The slate flooring supplied by Slatescape works well both inside and out,” she stated. “We have the same slate on the outside terraces as in the house, so the theme is continued throughout for a truly elegant look.”
Find out more about Amanda’s ‘Cornish Elegance’ at the Polpier & Penpol Estate: www.polpier.co.uk