French Limestone

French Limestone has a deserved reputation for being a high quality stone. It has been used for centuries in some of the world’s greatest buildings. There are many different stones from quarries throughout France that are suitable for all types of projects.

Our range includes:

Anstrude, Avy, Ampilly, Balzac, Beaumaniere, Beaunotte, Beauval, Beauvallon, Beauvillon, Bleu de Vix, Bleu de Lignieres, Boisvillon, Brauvilliers, Bretigny, Buffon, Buxy, Caen, Chandore, Charmot, Chamesson, Champagny, Chanceaux, Chassagne, Chauvigny, Chitré, Combe Brune, Comblanchien, Corton, Coulmier, Drom, Euville, Farges, Fontbelle, Hauteville, Hauteroche, Jaumont, La Croix Huyart, Lacome, Larrys, Lavoux, Legnes, Lens, Limeyrat, Luget, Magny, Mareuil, Massangis, Montigny, Montmoyen, Nod, Noyant, Pierre de Bourgogne, Pompignan, Richemont, Roche de Clermont, Rocheret, Rocherons, Rocheval, Rocheville, Ruoms, St Albain, St Maximin, St Pierre Aigle, Sainte Croix, Savonnieres, Sireuil, Souppes, Tavel, Tercé, Tervoux, Val de Nod, Valanges, Vallangis, Vassens, Vilhonneur, Villebois.

Within this range, many of the quarries have several layers or beds of stone (known as benches) that can have different technical and aesthetic properties. Please call and we will be happy to discuss the details.

The most popular of our French Limestones are shown in more detail below but if you do not see what you want, please get in touch.
(Please note: the stone commonly known as “Dijon” limestone is NOT French – usually, it refers to the Egyptian limestone, Sinai Pearl. It is quite common for Egyptian and Turkish stones to be given a French sounding name, often related to Burgundy.)

French limestone Avy brushed

Avy

Description: White limestone with unusual white shell fossils. Quarried near Angouleme, south west France.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French limestone Ampilly

Ampilly

Description: Very hard wearing, frost resistant Burgundy limestone with light, medium and darker shades.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French limestone beauval

Beauval

Description: Hard wearing, frost resistant limestone from the quarry next door to Ampilly. 

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: Beauval Beaunotte

French limestone Buxy

Buxy

Description: A hard limestone from southern Burgundy. Mostly beige but with some grey/blue variations.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French limestone Caen Banc Ferme

Caen

Description: Heritage limestone used in hundreds of ancient buildings in the UK and across France. First introduced into the UK by William the Conqueror.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French limestone Chandore flamed

Chandore

Description: A hard limestone often used in commercial or public areas.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: Hauteville

French limestone Chamesson

Chamesson

Description: Off-white/cream background with small grey/brown shell fossils. Hard wearing premium stone from northern Burgundy.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French Limestone Champagny

Champagny

Description: Light Beige background with small brown shell fossils.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: Semond

French Limestone Chanceaux

Chanceaux

Description: Classic “Pierre de Bourgogne” limestone with variable colours ranging from off-white through to dark “yellow” with occasional honey coloured ribboning.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: Pierre de Bourgogne, Hauteroche

French limestone Chauvigny

Chauvigny

Description: A white oolitic limestone from the Poitiers region of France.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French limestone Chitre Tuffeau

Chitré

Description: Famous for its use as the building stone of the French Loire Valley Chateaux buildings.

Suitable for: Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: Tuffeau

French limestone Combe Brune

Combe Brune

Description: A white limestone with fine grey shell fossils.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French limestone Comblanchien

Comblanchien

Description: One of the Burgundy hard limestones. Beige with some rose colourings particularly when flamed.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: Ladoix

French limestone Corton

Corton

Description: A very hard limestone from Burgundy. Mostly beige but with occasional rose colouring depending on the bench.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: St Benedict

French Limestone Lanvignes

Coulmier

Description:

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: Lanvignes, Vallangis Jaune

French limestone Lavoux

Lavoux

Description: Off-white stone with fine grain and good frost resistance. Used as a replacement for Caen stone.

Suitable for: Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: Lépine

French limestone La Croix Huyart

La Croix Huyart

Description:

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French Limestone Limeyrat Classic

Limeyrat

Description: Hard stone that is very variable in colour from near white through beige, brown and grey.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding

Other names: Manoir, Loire Rustique, Dordogne, Vienne

French Limestone Luget B4

Luget

Description: A hard wearing stone ranging from pale beige to darker “yellow” beige.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French Limestone Mareuil St Croix

Mareuil

Description: A hard wearing cream coloured limestone from south west France.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: St Croix

French Limestone Massangis Clair

Massangis

Description: A beige limestone ranging from light beige to dark beige with small shell fossils.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French Limestone Pompignan

Pompignan

Description: A hard grey limestone from the Lyon region of France

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry

Other names: n/a

Richemont

Description:

Suitable for: Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French limestone Rocheville

Rocheville

Description: A hard wearing beige stone with some grey fossils and sometimes yellow ribboning. Excellent frost resistance and great for patio flooring as well as building cladding. Can be similar to English Clipsham in colour.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

St Maximin

Description: A beige limestone from the Paris region. Famous for its use on the historic buildings in the Champs Elysée.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French Limestone St Pierre Aigle Coquille

St Pierre Aigle

Description:

Suitable for: Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

Tercé

Description:

Suitable for: Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French Limestone Valanges

Valanges

Description: A medium density limestone with a cream background and pale grey shell fossils.

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: Charmot (cross cut)

French limestone Vassens Royal

Vassens

Description: A coarse grain 

Suitable for: Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

French limestone Vilhonneur

Vilhonneur

Description:

Suitable for: Internal flooring, External flooring, Wall cladding, Masonry, Carving

Other names: n/a

Samples of French Limestone

We keep small samples of many of these French Limestones in our samples showroom in Arborfield near Reading, Berkshire that you can take away with you. We also have larger samples to view. Small samples can be sent out by post or courier. The samples are free of charge if you cover the cost of the postage.

For trade customers only, we have a separate web site purely for French limestone which is operated in conjunction with several of the major French quarries.

Architects, designers and stone trade professionals can visit  Pierre Heritage GB.