Thank you for helping us raise the roof on Watersmeet House
Once every 100 years the roof on Watersmeet House has to be replaced to maintain the beautiful building for future generations. The project required 4,300 new slate tiles and cost £150,000 in total. Thanks to the generous support of visitors and donors we were able to save this special place for future generations.
Cream-tea lovers can breathe a sigh of relief as Watersmeet has re-opened, after it was forced to close in September 2016 due to extensive work needed to replace the entire roof. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the project – whether this was by visiting and enjoying a cream tea, or donating directly towards the roof fund.
The repairs were able to go ahead thanks to donations by the public to help raise the final funds needed to complete the project and a grant. We gathered at Watersmeet to take a special photograph in order to thank everyone who helped make it possible for the tea-room to remain open for future generations.
In total over £35,000 was raised towards the £150,000 cost of the roof. The money was raised through a combination of donations taken online and at Watersmeet house, and a £10,000 grant. We also gave visitors the unique chance to ‘sponsor a slate’ and leave a message on a roof tile which have been woven into the fabric of the house, becoming a part of Watersmeet’s history.
We had such a fantastic response, with people leaving messages for loved ones, some wedding proposals and so many poems and drawings. It’s been amazing to see how much Watersmeet House means to people. We’re so glad these slates have been woven into the roof and become part of the history of the house.
Behind the scenes with the builders
- Over 500 linear metres of timber joists
- 324kgs of code 6 lead
- 222kgs of code 4 lead
- 10kgs of copper nails (over 5500 individual nails)
- 675m squared of undeslating felt
- 1248 linear metres of roofing batten
- Approximately 3060 delabole slates
- 40 linear metres of new moulded fascia
Did you know?
We know you love Watersmeet but did you know every penny spent at Watersmeet House helps protect and maintain:
4,200 acres of land on West Exmoor
15 miles of coastline
1,100 acres of woodland
70 miles of footpaths
Due to the conservation work that has taken place in this area it has become a haven for some amazing wildlife including; red deer, otters, dippers, Atlantic salmon and Atlantic trout.