At Scotts of Thrapston, we get asked all the time about summerhouses and whether they are only usable in the warmer months. The answer remains the same, a summerhouse can be used all-year round and decorated as extravagantly as you like.

Imagine looking out at your garden where you have your very own Christmas grotto or mini-Santa’s workshop – turning your summerhouse in a festive fantasy is all down to your imagination.

You can decorate with tinsel, baubles and anything in between or even use a Christmas tree as the centrepiece, festooned with lights to illuminate the garden. LED battery-powered lights make it even easier to give your summerhouse a warm glow, while hanging icicle lights from the eaves and a festive wreath on the door adds an extra seasonal welcome.

Adding heating, rugs and soft throws will turn your seasonal grotto into the perfect place to entertain family and friends or provide a quiet retreat from which to take time out from the noise and excitement of a large gathering. You can also leave a selection of Christmas books and board games in your summerhouse during the festive break for people to enjoy a quiet game of Monopoly or a louder game of Twister.

Plus, don’t be afraid to leave a mince pie, carrot and glass of milk in the summerhouse too, it may not have a chimney, but Father Christmas always finds a way…

The possibilities are endless – Happy decorating!