Riversmeet House

Renovation & alterations to a Grade II listed property with contemporary boat house and annex.

Riversmeet House is an extremely elegant Grade II listed house within the Topsham conservation area, built in 1845 in a Regency style. The house is situated at the end of the Goats Walk, in a peaceful position with frontage to the Exe and Clyst estuaries. Works include the restoration of the Widow’s tower and basement rooms as well as creation of a new day room and upgrade to internal swimming pool. The final piece of the jigsaw was the landscaping and re-instatement of the Boat House.

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The scheme reinstates an earlier Victorian quay and rebuilds the dilapidated riverside wall. The contemporary design, within the garden of the listed property and located at the confluence of the Rivers Exe and Clyst, successfully marries the history of the area to present-day living and makes full use of the spectacular southward estuary views.

Development of the design involved liaison with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) – a license being required to build within the tidal zone.  As well as being part of a listed property the site is immediately adjacent to an RSPB nature reserve, hence liaison on conservation, ecological and flood-risk issues was of high importance.



“The approach and assistance of Grainge Architects has been consistently high standard throughout. From initial meetings viewing the property, to the first sketches, meetings with stakeholders, working up more formal drawings, modifications and final submission, Grainge have been there all the way….I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Grainge for future projects…”

Mr R Sanders

Project Details

Private Client
Topsham, Devon