A period cottage that has been re-rendered in lime mortar

At a glance

Watergate Cottages
Plymouth, Devon
Type of project
Type of finish
Lime Render
Case study

Watergate Cottages

When the owners of Watergate Cottages in Wembury got in contact to discuss the renovation of their 19th century property, we instantly got a sense that they wanted to do everything in the ‘right way’.

For them, it was never about cutting corners, trimming the budget or doing bits of it later, it was always about doing theright thing for the property and in the case of Watergate Cottages, it was all about the bag rub finish.

For those of you that aren’t too familiar with the history of traditional finishing techniques (we appreciate that’s not a long list of people) here’s how it works in simple terms.

A bag rub finish is neither pointing not render, it’s almost a bit of both. The beauty of it is it not only preserves the very unique character of the stonework but just as importantly it protects as well.

Devon Cottage, bag rubbed and repointed in lime mortar
lime plastering in a Devon cottage
Close up of Devon cottage with a bag rubbed finish

For if you look carefully at the images here, you’ll see awonderfully smooth, uniform finish that follows the contours of the stone, giving real character … part pointing, part render. As the name suggests the lime finish is applied then literally bag rolled using traditional hessian to create a stunning, textured finish that is simply impossibly to walk by without running your hand across it.

What you have right here is a combination of craftsmanship of the highest order and a confidence from a client that says ‘if we’re restoring it … we’re doing it properly’.

The result is clear to see and it’s difficult to argue against doing it this slightly more time consuming way but above anything else it proves once and for all that at Leyden, we’re serious about craftsmanship.

Cottage window looking out onto garden, showcasinglime plaster textures
how long does lime render last
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