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.
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
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
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
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
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
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