Graceful landscaping blends in to meet the waterfront

22nd February 2018

Graceful landscaping blends in to meet the waterfront

There is a happy buzz in the village of Newton Ferrers, as the ground works and foundations for the landscaping of The Yealm get underway and gather momentum.

Red Earth purchased the former River Yealm Hotel site last year and planning consent has been granted for six spacious apartments in the comprehensive refurbishment of the existing building, together with eight luxury apartments in the grounds and one stunning contemporary house that completes the revival of this significant local building.

Local enthusiasm is behind the scheme as views, flower beds and vistas of the gardens, long since hidden, spring back to life.

Simon Friend, of Red Earth commented: “This is a once in a lifetime project, which is very much design led. We want to breathe new life into this landmark building and restore it - with sensitivity and imagination. It’s exciting to provide new contemporary homes in the grounds which sit so well within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Indeed, observations that were made during the initial application process by officers of South Hams District Council and members of the public were listened to and acted upon in a revised application, to achieve a more contemporary style for the new build elements - that enhanced and created a clearer distinction between the architectural styling of the existing historic facades and the new homes to be built alongside.

“By introducing a richer mix of materials including zinc and timber into the more contemporary design of the new homes, Red Earth has created homes that sit almost like woodland hides in the hillside” added Andrew Biggs, Marchand Petit’s Land and New Homes Manager, concluding: “We are thrilled with the local support and uptake for this exciting and exceptional restoration scheme.”

For further information and to register your early interest in The Yealm, please contact Marchand Petit’s Newton Ferrers office on 01752 873311, email:

Alternatively, visit the website:

The Yealm

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