Our Services

Devon Thatching was started by Rob Wilmott in 2001 and is dedicated to providing the very finest quality work.

Beautiful Style & Durability

Our Transparent Service

Devon Thatching Ltd pride ourselves on offering a transparent service, making clients aware of all the options they have and allowing them to make an informed decision. Properties can be fully or partially re-thatched to the highest standard, at a competitive price.


Devon Thatching Ltd are committed to providing the highest standards of workmanship, with every project being treated as individual and unique.

History of Devon Thatching

Devon Thatching was started by Rob Wilmott in 2001 and is dedicated to providing the very finest quality work.

A Thatched Roof

A thatched roof can be expected to last for a long time, with some lasting around 25 years or more. However, it is imperative that the roof is well maintained during this time, to prevent any unnecessary damage.


Thatching is one of the more durable roofing materials available, but it can eventually succumb to decay. The damage will not only detract from the character and appearance of your property, but will also leave it exposed to the elements. 


Devon Thatching Ltd | Master Thatchers
Devon Thatching Ltd | Master Thatchers
Devon Thatching Ltd | Master Thatchers
Devon Thatching Ltd | Master Thatchers

It is advised that, if you spot signs of wear and tear on your thatched roof, to seek advice from professionals. Devon Thatching Ltd are happy to offer our expert and honest opinion and, if necessary, we can arrange a no-obligation site visit. 


Depending on the type of material and location of the property, thatched roofing needs replacing approximately every 25 years.


In Devon, wheat reed and water reed roofing is traditionally ‘re-coated’. This involves stripping off the top layer of thatch and adding a fresh, new layer on top. Thereby preserving the original timbers.


The ridge is a sacrificial component and will usually need to be replaced every 8 to 10 years.


An array of ridge styles are available, ranging from a traditional ‘flush’ ridge or block cut ridge to a lavish block patterned ridge.

Devon Thatching Ltd can also provide straw finials from, small birds to large foxes, to add a unique final touch.

New Build

Devon Thatching Ltd have an abundance of experience working alongside architects and construction contractors when constructing new thatch to new timbers, with appropriate fire board being installed.


Devon Thatching Ltd are happy to work on any size project.


Inevitably, over time a thatched roof may begin to show signs of wear and tear. It is sometimes possible to carry out repairs, rather than re-thatch.


Devon Thatching Ltd offer a no obligation inspection of properties to determine the best solution to prolong the life of the thatched roof.

Maintenance- ‘Re-dressing’

Periodic maintenance can extend the lifespan of a thatched roof, whilst also improving the aesthetic appeal of a property. Usually, all that is required is brushing down any loose debris, overgrowths of moss and ‘dressing’ the roof.


This is also an ideal opportunity to assess the condition of the thatch, identifying any potential deterioration or issues.


Insurance Surveys

Devon Thatching Ltd are able to carry out surveys and inspections to your thatched roof and provide a detailed report. These cover all the information that an insurance company needs, although conditions and questions may vary from company to company. The survey will give the owner an indication of whether any immediate repair work is needed, in addition to the likely remaining lifespan of the thatch. A specialist thatch survey is also recommended when buying or selling a thatched property.

Robert Wilmott (Rob) began his apprenticeship in 1996 studying ‘Thatching’ at Knuston Hall Thatching College, gaining full qualifications.


Rob's passion for thatching and exceptional workmanship quickly earned him a highly commended reputation. Rob went on to set up Devon Thatching Ltd in 2001.


Devon Thatching Ltd have worked on a wide variety of projects, from bird tables to stunning country manors. Each project being individual and unique.


Rob and his colleagues, including his younger brother Richard, who has completed his apprenticeship, work on every project Devon Thatching Ltd complete, offering Rob’s individual expertise, finesse and experience.  

Devon Thatching Ltd has been established for over 20 years.

Devon Thatching Ltd | Mater Thatchers
Devon Thatching Ltd | Master Thatchers Devon

Located in Mid Devon, Devon Thatching Ltd Master Thatchers have carried out thatching projects across Devon, including over 900 projects in and across Mid and North Devon in areas such as Croyde, Putsborough, Ilfracombe, Dolton, Ashreigney, Hatherleigh, Copplestone, Crediton, Chulmleigh, Witheridge, Lapford and  Okehampton.

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Devon Thatching Ltd | Master Thatchers Devon