Cumbria-based Burlington is quite literally supplying round the clock coverage on the Grade II* listed Holme Eden Hall - a rare example of an horologically themed ‘Calendar’ house and one of only two remaining in the UK.

Acquired by Carlisle-based Cumbrian Homes – a company specialising in providing elegant living within luxurious and high quality homes set in rural locations – Holme Eden Hall has been painstakingly restored and converted into 12 luxurious and prestigious two and three bedroomed apartments up to 3,500 sq ft in size.

As part of the restoration process of the magnificent sandstone ‘Calendar’ house – complete with its 365 windows, 52 chimneys, 12 corridors and seven entrances – it has been completely re-roofed in Burlington Blue/Grey random natural slate. Supplied as strongs to add greater shadowing and definition to the hall’s often intricate and turreted roofscape, installation has been carried out by Roofing Services (NW) Limited of Maryport. The same Burlington material supplied as patterned slates also features on 16 new properties that make up the development’s Walled Garden, and which are set within the grounds of Holme Eden Hall. Each of the 16 houses and apartments - beautifully conceived to provide the latest in elegant, modern living and which are based on three house types, Fern, Crocus and Rose – are all finished in Burlington’s 20” X 10” best slates installed over a traditional Tyvek felted and batterned roof.

Commenting on the installation of Burlington’s natural slate, Tony Stasiuk Managing Director of Roofing Services (NW) Limited said: “Not only has the new slate roof played a significant role in the restoration of what is a rare and beautiful example of our architectural heritage, its specification on the new properties adds sympathy to the whole development. As far as I’m concerned, Burlington slate is the best that money can buy and the finished appearance of the roofs across the whole development make this clear for all to see.”

Burlington’s Joint Managing Director, Malcolm Hatch added: “We are obviously delighted that our natural slate roofing has played such a key role in the restoration of what is an almost unique piece of architecture here in the UK. It once again goes to show how versatile a material it is and how it suits both new build and restoration projects.”

Burlington natural slate roofing is available in both Blue/Grey and Westmorland Green. For increased specification, both colour variants can be supplied in random, patterned and sized product. Random slates have random lengths and widths; patterned slates are of fixed length and width dimensions (width never being less than half the length) and sized slates have a fixed length but vary in width. Sized slates are ideal for use on lower pitches where larger pieces are needed to ensure a weathertight roof, especially if it incorporates hips and valleys. Random is the most traditional form of slating. It requires the skills of an experienced Slater and produces the most attractive roof, with smaller slates near the apex and larger slates near the eaves.

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