About Thatchline

Thatched house insurance – Protect your investment

We’ve been helping home owners and organisations find the right thatched house insurance for more than three decades.

About Thatchline
Our unique thatch property insurance policies are underwritten by triple-A rated, rock solid insurance companies who understand the particular demands and needs of old and unusual properties. So you get the right level of individual treatment: the right cover, at the right price, covering exactly the right things.

Insuring some of Britain’s finest historic buildings

We are proud to insure some of the finest examples of British vernacular architecture in existence, everything from gracious town houses to stunning country mansions, Scottish castles to the lovely thatched and timber framed dwellings once owned by the nation’s Yeoman farmers, now loved and cared for by private home owners.

We know insurance is boring… but we’re brilliant at it!

We’re not going to pretend home insurance is the most thrilling subject on earth. It isn’t. But we’re also practical enough to know that it’s one of the most important things the owner of a historic thatched home can do to protect their investment and play their part in preserving the nation’s history for posterity. And we know how to make the entire process painless, something ordinary home insurers are rarely able to do when faced with non-standard homes.

Avoid delays, underwriting issues, unfair ‘special conditions’ , excesses and policy endorsements.

Specially designed affordable thatch insurance plus invaluable help, advice and support for the owners of thatched homes.

Recent Client Testimonials

Thatchline takes an active interest in protecting Britain’s splendid ancient properties.

We regularly take part in and fund seminars and activities in support of our aims. No wonder our customers say the nicest things about our thatched property insurance services.

Here are just a few of their comments.

With many thanks for your attention over the last 25 years!!

I find it quite reassuring that my claim has been processed so efficiently and with minimum fuss. I  hope I won’t be requiring your services for a major incident, but its nice to know that if I ever did, I’d be dealing with a highly competent company.

So nice to deal with human beings – and the same ones – when I call.

Meet the thatch property insurance experts

Richard Playle

Managing Director

MD Richard Playle has more than 30 years’ experience insuring listed, thatched and high value homes and other properties, including extensive involvement in claims handling. A former Vice President of the National Society of Master Thatchers and an honorary life member, Richard has arranged funding for and taken part in ground-breaking research by RHM technology into fires in thatched properties and their cause. The project received DoE backing and was given a commendation.

His specialities include the insurance of thatched properties, listed properties, buildings with unusual constructions, high value buildings and their precious contents. Richard’s continuing passion for the care and repair of our built heritage led to a Master of Science degree in building conservation from Bournemouth University in 2006.


Tom Barclay

Office Manager

Tom has been in the insurance industry for more than 10 years and has a great deal of experience in high value property insurance and claims handling. He joined us in late 2010.

Lynda Playle

Company Director

Lynda Playle, a company Director, is also a co-founder of the company. She has a strong background in Land Agency, gained with a large and respected Sussex firm. Lynda’s role focuses on administration and accounts, although she is experienced enough to turn her hand to thatch insurance matters when required.

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