Imagine one of these beautiful retreats in your own garden... the perfect spot to laze away a sunny day or reflect as the sun goes down over the countryside
There’s a real trend for inspirational and creative spaces in the country garden right now. From shepherd’s huts to tree houses, these buildings have a back-to-nature appeal that takes us away from everyday pressures to a place that’s about real ‘me’ time.
Tree house, similar around £3,000, Rob Rowe.
Tucked high in a sturdy tree, a tree house is the ultimate place to find peace and quiet. ‘You don’t have to have a huge tree,’ says Rob Rowe, who specialises in tree houses and timber garden buildings. ‘I often build on stilts next to a tree or have a tree growing through the structure. Contact with the tree is the important thing.’
Gypsy caravan, from around £18,480, The Gypsy Caravan Company.
There are few structures as striking as a gypsy caravan. ‘People are always surprised by how spacious they feel inside,’ says Laurence Ward, Managing Director, The Gypsy Caravan Company. ‘Our standard design has a double pull-out bed, fireplace and space for four to sit. You can wheel it around the garden according to the seasons or relocate it if you move house.’
Summerhouse with curtains, from around £7,500, Grainstore Garden Buildings.
Make the most of a lovely view with a summerhouse. ‘We have designed our buildings to sit up on staddle stones to give a fantastic perspective over the garden – plus it keeps the structure dry,’ says Penny Methuen, Designer, Grainstore Garden Buildings. ‘You can choose different colours and add fabrics for a bespoke feel.’
Holkham gazebo, from £6,768, HSP Garden Buildings.
A gazebo is the perfect place to escape to at the bottom of the garden, and there’s a design to suit every space. ‘Our gazebos can be customised in colour, shape and size,’ says Jamie Townson, Managing Director, HSP Garden Buildings. ‘You can choose between trellised panels for climbing plants or solid panels for privacy.’