Vintage Tumbled Building Stone – Callow Sandstone

Our Vintage Tumbled Building Stone is a combination of coursed and random building stone, put through the tumbling process to soften its faces and edges. It’s also superb value. Callow red sandstone is a traditional warm red stone with occasional bluish-grey blocks and veining.


Callow red sandstone vintage tumbled building stone combines coursed and random stone to offer an attractive traditional building stone to suit a lower budget. The tumbling process gives it a softer, weathered appearance. It is also available in a cropped finish.

Our Callow red sandstone comes in various formats and finishes, with a choice of traditional random or random tumbled building and walling stone, as well as coursed building stone with pitched face or tumbled finishes.

Quarried from our own Callow Quarry on the Herefordshire-Monmouthshire border, Callow red sandstone is popular with architects, specifiers and planners in the locality because the stone lifted from our quarry has been used in Monmouthshire for centuries. As such it is ideal for restoration projects, and preserving the cultural integrity of the area.

Callow Red building and walling stone is also very popular in Cheshire, Somerset and Dorset because of its close visual match to traditional Cheshire Red sandstone.

What is Vintage tumbled building stone?

Vintage building stone is a mixture of grade B coursed stone and random building stone, giving a semi coursed appearance once built.

This stone is supplied on a 150mm (6 inch) bed width as standard, providing at least one usable face per piece. (‘Bed width’ is the width of your footing).

After the stone has been cropped to size it is then put through a tumbling process which softens the edges and faces, creating a classic time worn effect

Heights and lengths are naturally random which results in every piece of stone being unique in both colour and shape.

What if I need my stone cut differently?

If you need a different bed width, our in-house stone cutting service can crop the stone to your requirements. We regularly crop to a 100mm (4 inch) bed width, for instance. Whatever bed width you require, the heights and lengths of each piece will remain random.

We can provide corner stones which are made by cropping the random building stone as normal, and then turning each piece of stone at right angles and cropping once more to make a right angled corner. They will have random heights and lengths and are ideal for chimneys, reveals, pillars etc.

If you need less than a tonne, a different bed width or have a delivery address with tricky or limited access, please do give us a call, we will be more than happy to help.

Building and walling materials to match

The sandstone from our Callow quarry can be cut to produce lintels, cills, wall coping and pier caps from the same stone, to your specified sizes.

Callow red brown sandstone can also be used for patios, seating areas, pathways and steps, softening the boundaries between house and garden. Callow Cobblestones create an eye-catching design feature for your driveway or garden.

Many of our own products can be successfully combined with complementary ranges – for example, using lighter coloured stone for cills and coping stones. If you would like advice, examples or ideas about combining stone ranges, do give us a call – or even better, pop in to our showroom.

For natural landscaping we provide boulders and rockery stones from all our UK quarries.  Our Callow quarry produces a range of boulders, from small rockery stones to 12 tonne boulders.

Different uses for Vintage tumbled building stone in the house and garden

Here are a few applications for Vintage tumbled building and walling stone:

  • Building restoration and renovation
  • Facing stone for new builds
  • Garden walls
  • Dwarf walls
  • Dry stone walling
  • Fireplaces
  • Chimneys
  • Gabion Baskets
  • Pillars
  • Wishing Wells
  • Feature walls
  • Retaining walls
An important note about natural stone

Whilst we have done our utmost to ensure the stone and colours displayed on our website are accurate, they are to be used as a guide only. As stone is a natural product, texture and colour will vary from piece to piece. As we work through the quarry, seams will yield slightly different coloured and shaped stones.

How the stone is built, the amount, colour and type of mortar used will have a massive impact on the the look of the finished product. Please bear this in mind when ordering stone products. For larger projects or any projects where a specific look is required, we strongly recommend that test panels are built.

We’ve provided a few tips on how to build a stone wall, and if you need any advice, give us a call.

Price per Sq metre
£95.00 ex VAT
£114.00 inc VAT


Rubble Building Stone – Callow Sandstone

Price per bulk bag
£175.00 ex VAT
£210.00 inc VAT

Random Tumbled Building Stone – Callow Sandstone

Price per bulk bag
£200.00 ex VAT
£240.00 inc VAT

Vintage Building Stone – Callow Sandstone

Price per Sq metre
£85.00 ex VAT
£102.00 inc VAT

Coursed Pitched Face Building Stone – Callow Sandstone

Price per Sq metre
£140.00 ex VAT
£168.00 inc VAT

Coursed Tumbled Building Stone – Callow Sandstone

Price per Sq metre
£130.00 ex VAT
£156.00 inc VAT