Looking for a way to enjoy your garden all summer long, whatever the weather? A stylish summer house is the way to go. And, as these six prove, they come in all shapes and sizes.

Wooden summerhouse in Ulgham

1. Three-bedroom barn conversion in Ulgham, Northumberland, for £399,950

Follow the winding pathway in the garden of this modern barn conversion and you’ll find yourself at this equally sophisticated wooden summerhouse. It’s been kitted out with a power and water supply too, so it will really feel like home-from-home.

Available via Graves Residential

Two-storey summer house in Bury St. Edmunds

2. Six-bedroom country house in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, for £1.25m

In a Zoopla first, we’ve found an incredible summerhouse – with not one, but two, stories. You'll find a kitchenette with drinks fridge on the ground floor, while upstairs a covered balcony area offers uninterrupted views of the grounds and fields beyond. (And for the record, that’s a natural self-cleaning swimming pool.)

Available via Sheridans

Barn style summerhouse in Crowborough

3. Five-bedroom detached house in Crowborough, East Sussex, for £1.3m

This half-inside/ half-outside summerhouse, which sits in the grounds of a former Oast house, is the perfect spot for entertaining. There's plenty of space for a dining area and table tennis while the selling agent also notes the, ‘excellent rafter storage for canoes, surfboards and windsurfing gear’.

Available via Tepilo

Norwegian barbecue hut in Bubbenhall

4. Seven-bedroom detached house in Bubbenhall, Warwickshire, for £2m

This is technically a Norwegian barbecue hut, but it doubles up as a summerhouse that looks like its straight from the pages of a fairytale. There's room for 10 guests and, judging from the other pictures in the property listings, they will be fine to arrive by helicopter.

Available via Fine & Country

Elegant summerhouse in south London

5. Six-bedroom detached house in South London, for £2.25m

This elegant summer house is like a miniature version of the six-bedroom Edwardian house it belongs to. The stunning home dates back to 1907, but we suspect the summer house is a more recent addition. The perfect spot to retreat to with a glass of Chardonnay after a busy day in the capital.

Available via Hamptons International

Summerhouse in Altrincham

6. Four-bedroom semi-detached house in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, for £750,000

Take a breather from family life in this summer house tucked at the bottom of the garden of this contemporary semi-detached home. Right now, it holds a few chairs and mini football table but there are endless opportunities for the space – a home gym, cinema, bar or playroom to name but a few.

Available via Watersons

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