Niche fireplaces at Stoneywell

Stoneywell is the epitome of William Morris' golden rule: 'have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful'. The fireplaces - if you can call them that - at Stoneywell are not only useful but also beautiful in their uniqueness, gathering you around them for warmth and to find out more about their story.

The inglenook fire ablaze in the sitting room at Stoneywell, Leicestershire

Around the fireside 

The inglenook fireplace lay hidden in Stoneywell's grounds for many years, before it was reinstated in the sitting room.

The wood-burning stove alight in the dining room at Stoneywell, Leicestershire

The dining room stove 

Today a wood-burning stove stands where a range once was, when the room was used as a kitchen until 1953.

Fire glows in a historic copper

The laundry copper 

Remnants of the tea-room's former use as a laundry remain today. The copper which was once used to heat water for laundry, is still in place today.