Sandstone Cobbles & Granite Setts

Sandstone, Limestone and Granite Setts

Stone setts are one of the most versatile design options for paths and patios. Ideal for a variety of uses, including edging paths and patios, they allow you to introduce texture and detail that gives character to your garden design. They are also perfect as driveway cobbles, offering a hard-wearing, long-lasting frontage to your house. In two sizes to create different effects, setts come in a range of colours and finishes to suit contemporary and traditional settings and can even be cut to bespoke sizes to extend your design choices.

Possibilities with setts are numerous—take a look at Paving Setts — Small Detail with Big Impact for more ideas.

Surface finish and edge options

Our paving setts come in a range of surface and edge finishes. For a contemporary feel, sawn and flamed granite setts suit the crisper lines of modern and urban spaces. If this feels too sharp, take a look at Mint sandstone setts, which are sawn and tumbled for a slightly softer outline that maintains a modern vibe.

Granite setts are also available in a riven (sometimes called “natural split”) finish with hand-cut edges. These add a rustic, stone cobble quality to more traditional settings. Apart from Mint, our sandstone setts have a riven surface with hand-cut edges. You can choose from a riven finish or riven and tumbled. Tumbling is a way to "age" setts and can be a good choice when you want paving to look as if it's been in situ for years.

Match setts and paving

All our stone setts are also available in matching paving. This allows you to create a unified design with textural variation. Even more options can be found in our riven Indian sandstone colours—Raj Green, Mint, Autumn Brown and Kandla Grey—which are also available as garden edging stones and paving circles. Together with matching sandstone setts, these give you a plenty of design combinations to play with. Edging stones are also available to match our granite setts.

Driveway cobbles

Granite setts in particular are extremely hard-wearing, which is why you see them so frequently used as driveway cobbles. They are very stain-resistant and need almost no maintenance. Whether you choose granite, sandstone or limestone, we always recommend darker colours for driveways, as they are high-traffic areas—because of both footfall and parking. If stains from dirt and oil drips do occur, they won't appear so obvious. Midnight Black limestone and Kandla Grey sandstone setts would both make practical but stylish choices. Or consider mixing and matching with other materials—find out more about paving suitable for driveways.

If you are considering paving your driveway with our lighter-coloured sandstone setts, especially Mint, we always recommend sealing, to help increase stain-resistance and to make cleaning easier.

How long will the cobbles take to lay? Take a look at how experts lay garden and driveway setts. This should help you understand the stages that go into a lasting installation of stone setts.

Alternatives to stone setts

What is the difference between cobbles and setts?

Traditionally cobbles are rounded stones that have reached their shape through natural weathering. They are ranked in size between pebbles and boulders. Cobbles are frequently used now as a decorative garden feature, especially in fountains and rills. Cobbles are an excellent choice for adding textural contrast and there are lots of ways to use cobbles in combination with paving.

By contrast, setts are square or rectangular, and have been made into that shape either by hand or machine. Historically, both square and rectangular setts have been used to pave roads, and cobble paving is a familiar surface that's often used in heritage areas, such as The Shambles in York. As far as modern paving is concerned, "setts" and "cobbles" are terms that are often used interchangeably, which is why we use both.

How to stop weeds growing between driveway setts

No one wants a weedy driveway, spoiling the look of their property. Where weeds occur, they root themselves into the joints between stone setts. The number of joints obviously depends on the size of the paving and there are far more joints in a driveway laid with, for example, granite setts than there would be if you laid larger slabs. While sand and cement are still widely used to fill joints, we recommend using GftK, a brush-in resin mortar. Weeds find it hard to take root, and freeze/thaw action won't open up the joints to allow seeds to work their way in.

FAQs

Do You Offer an Installation Service for Your Range of Setts and Cobbles?

At present, we don't offer an installation service for our paving products. However, if you require a landscaper of garden designer, our Landscape Specialist Scheme may be of use.

Before committing to a landscaper, you should ensure that the person you choose is right for your garden project. It's worth asking your proposed tradesperson if you can view a portfolio of similar works - we also recommend getting several quotations before making a commitment.

More information about installing our porcelain and natural stone paving and setts can be found on our Installation FAQ page.

Can I Return Stone Setts if I'm Not Happy with Them?

It's rare that our customers are unhappy with our products. However, in the unlikely event of an issue developing with your stone setts, we will do our utmost to ensure a suitable resolution is found. In these instances, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible, so that we can put the issue right for you quickly. Rectifying order issues is more difficult once your items have been installed, so we recommend that you get in touch as quickly as possible.

We understand that sometimes people change their minds. When purchasing your limestone, sandstone or granite setts from London Stone, you have the right to cancel your order and return your items within 14 days of delivery. The only exception to this is bespoke and pre-sealed items. Please note that your cobble paving must be returned in their original condition and packing.

If your setts are faulty, damaged, not fit for purpose or not as described, you have a 30-day period in which to return them. We will also collect the materials at our own cost, taking full responsibility in these situations.

How Long Will it Take to Deliver My Stone Setts?

At London Stone, we pride ourselves on our fast shipping times, keeping a huge variety of items in stock at any time. If your order of cobble setts is placed before 1pm, we can usually deliver your products the next day.

Bespoke orders need to be manufactured before shipping, so the lead times for these items can vary. For further information, please speak to a member of our team. Customers can also collect their cobble setts from our Southern distribution centre near Heathrow, or our Northern distribution hub in Manchester.

Do You Have Any Showrooms I Can Visit?

Yes, we currently have ten showroom locations based around the country:

Sandstone, limestone and granite setts for driveways, edging, patios and paths

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