I have run Simonstown Architectural from our home in Coole, Co Westmeath since 2004. It started with my love of gardens and gardening and the beauty of including structures, fountains and urns into the landscape. We have worked on many projects large and small and run a very personal service, taking great interest in our clients' projects - overseeing every stage of the project from the original contact, through manufacturing to the logistics of delivery.
Since 2004 we have been the Irish agent for UK based Chilstone, makers of fine cast stone since 1953. Chilstone specialise in reproducing, with great accuracy and attention to detail, a wide range of ornaments, many of which are reproduced from the original antique item. All items are handmade and hand finished in reconstituted stone using a special process that has been developed over 67 years. The finished item has the colour and texture of natural Portland stone and its composition encourages the spontaneous growth of mosses and lichens so it ages naturally. https://simonstownarchitectural.ie/stone-garden-ornaments/
We are also the Irish agents for Capital Garden Products, also UK based, who produce very high quality fibreglass pots and planters. These come in many different designs and a wide variety of finishes from weathered bronze, terracotta, lead, antiqued lead, aluminium, copper, stone and rust and can be seen in some of the most prestigious homes, gardens, hotels and public buildings worldwide. https://simonstownarchitectural.ie/pots-and-planters
We work closely with Irish Garden designers, landscape architects, architects and Contractors.
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Chilstone Architectural Elements
Stone Restoration and Replication
Working with cast stone enables Chilstone to provide copies or replicas of what might have already existed on a building as architectural elements or statues or urns in a garden. If you would like a quote for Restoration or Replication work just call Caroline on 086 4517508.
In 2021 we worked with the Contractors at Westport House, Co Mayo to cast various elements from the house that were in need of replacing. These included the finial urns off the pediment on the front of the house, balusters and half balusters, lions heads, swags and plaques from the terraces at the back of the house.
I took the original pieces to Chilstone where moulds were made and new casts taken in a colour to match the originals. The original finial urns from the pediment were held together with chicken wire and so a full new finial was carved in clay, a mould was taken from this and four new finials produced in cast stone. These new ones now grace the pediment.
The new balusters and swags are all in place and it is virtually impossible to tell the new ones from the originals.