The National Trust says if Watersmeet House can’t be repaired soon, it might never reopen

The National Trust has launched an urgent appeal to save the historic Watersmeet House tea room near Lynmouth.

The roof of the 19th century lodge is in desperate need of repair and while £120,000 has been raised, another £30,000 is needed before the house closes on September 25.

The trust says if the target is not reached, the tea room might not be able to reopen as the roof condition is so bad.

People now have a rare chance to have their name immortalised in the roof and for a £10 donation anyone can leave a message on a roof slate and become part of the fabric of Watersmeet.

Building surveyor Paul Wiley said: “The work will comprise of renewing and replacing the majority of the roof, including timber repairs, replacing defective lead work and associated chimney repairs.

“We’ll also make sure the stonework, joinery and drainage are in good condition so it’s fit for the next 100 years. It has got to the point where we just can’t leave it any longer without causing further damage to the building.”

Julie Mawby, catering manager added: “Since we started the appeal, we have 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.”

You can also donate at http://bit.ly/watersmeetroof and leave a message about why the beautiful spot holds special family memories.

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