THE French House is an established family business, which has been in York for 25 years.

They boast one of the largest ranges of French antiques in the UK, including a large selection of beds, mirrors, lights and tables, ranging from 17th to 20th century.

The French House first began trading from a warehouse north of York.

Realising the demand for their French finds, father and son Stephen and Marcus Hazell opened their first shop in Micklegate. Also working at the first shop was Stephen’s partner Kathryn who had a background in banking.

Kath looked after the financial side of running of the business. Daughter Caitlin worked weekends whilst studying at university during the week. A few years later a second showroom was opened by Marcus in London.

The French House team recently celebrated their 25-year trading milestone with an event at the showroom on North Lane, Huntington.

The family team at The French House has always consisted of Stephen and Kathryn in York, assisted by a range of highly-skilled tradespeople who combine their talents to offer a bespoke service.

The restoration workshop is on site, so if customers want to discuss their purchase and to what level it will be restored, the experts are on hand.

The business which is a contender for the Family Business of the Year title employs more than a dozen local trades people: including a metal worker, artists, upholsterers, a French polisher and a joiner.

In the last 12 months The French House expanded their site at North Lane, building an extra warehouse. This includes an additional workshop where a second skilled woodworker/cabinet maker also works on site.

The family pride themselves on giving a unique personal service to their customers. They can adapt and restore pieces to fit with individual style and needs.

“That’s a service we offer which others don’t. If a table is too long, we can cut it down; we French polish; we upholster and we deliver and install, which people appreciate - especially if it’s a huge mirror,” says Kathryn.