Essential guide to fireplaces and stoves

Our pick of the cosiest hearths to warm up the colder, darker evenings

As the nights get draw in and chill down, what better way to wile away the time than by toasting your toes in front of a wood-burning stove or a roaring log fire? For some cosy inspiration, here's our pick of the best winter warmers. 

For more about installing, fuelling and styling your fireplace or stove, as well as plenty more ideas, take a look in our December issue, out now.

Let chilly feet luxuriate in a thick-pile hearthside rug in front of a wood-burning stove like Morsø's Ø6 (£1,424)

A stove like Charnwood's Island I (£1,488) will give off more heat than an open fire, while the double-fronted doors allow you to still enjoy the crackling logs

How else would you roast those chestnuts but on an open fire? Stovax's decorative arched insert (£639) was originally designed in the 1850s and creates an elegant backdrop

For a more modern approach, give your living room some Deco-appeal with a modernist surround like Chesney's Hulanicki mantel (£2,344)

Fire or no fire, make your hearth the focal point with a standout Regency-era mirror above a complementary mantel like JAMB's 'Compton' chimneypiece (£7,440)

Taken from Homes & Antiques December 2014, out now


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