Rotating summer houses

Make the decision about where to position your summer house easier by selecting one of our models with a rotating base. Popularised by the Victorians through their ingenious use of engineering, rotating summer houses allow you to follow the path of the sun throughout the day or alter the view of your garden according to the season.

One of the most famous rotating summer houses was George Bernard Shaw’s writing hut which can be visited to this day at his former home, Shaw’s Corner, now run by the National Trust. Shaw named his summer house ‘London’ to avoid an obligation to meet unexpected visitors. A revolving summer house brings a fresh vista with a gentle turn, enabling you to soak up the sun all day long, or conjure up some shade just when you need it. Choose the view that showcases your garden planting at its best by changing the position of your rotating summer house throughout the seasons. Turn your summer house with ease to keep an eye on that birdbox and benefit from the healing powers of nature.

View our types of rotating summer houses

A rotating base completes your summer house beautifully and can be selected as an additional feature that will enhance your enjoyment of your garden. Our distinctive rotating summer houses are available in three octagonal models and two sizes so you can select the best fit for your outdoor space. Easily manoeuvrable using conveniently placed handles, the base of your revolving summer house is camouflaged with timber skirting once installed.

  • Small rotating summer house

    Add a rotating base to the smallest of our summer houses, the Balmoral, and you can enjoy the best that your garden has to offer all year round. This traditional and classic gazebo-style summer house also incorporates the unique and coveted door and window shutter system designed by Scotts. Add a natural cedar shingle roof and your choice of free-standing seating and upholstery for a superior finish.

  • Octagonal rotating summer house

    Constructed on a larger base plan, our Baltimore and 2.4m Burghley octagonal summer house models can also be enhanced with a rotating base. Turn them using easily accessible handles to face the sun or shelter from the wind. The base will be hidden from view by a subtle timber skirting painted the same colour as your summer house.

  • Bespoke garden summer house

    If you are drawn to an eight-sided model but would prefer to personalise your octagonal summer house still further, we can help with our bespoke design service. Scotts is proud of its longstanding reputation for craftsmanship and design know-how. Whatever your brief, our skilful timber engineers can customise an octagonal summer house to create the garden retreat of your dreams.

  • Small rotating summer house

    Add a rotating base to the smallest of our summer houses, the Balmoral, and you can enjoy the best that your garden has to offer all year round. This traditional and classic gazebo-style summer house also incorporates the unique and coveted door and window shutter system designed by Scotts. Add a natural cedar shingle roof and your choice of free-standing seating and upholstery for a superior finish.

    Small rotating summer house

  • Octagonal rotating summer house

    Constructed on a larger base plan, our Baltimore and 2.4m Burghley octagonal summer house models can also be enhanced with a rotating base. Turn them using easily accessible handles to face the sun or shelter from the wind. The base will be hidden from view by a subtle timber skirting painted the same colour as your summer house.

    Octagonal rotating summer house

  • Bespoke garden summer house

    If you are drawn to an eight-sided model but would prefer to personalise your octagonal summer house still further, we can help with our bespoke design service. Scotts is proud of its longstanding reputation for craftsmanship and design know-how. Whatever your brief, our skilful timber engineers can customise an octagonal summer house to create the garden retreat of your dreams.

    Bespoke garden summer house

Why choose Scotts for your rotating summer house?

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View our types of summer houses

  • Small<br />Summer houses

    Small
    Summer houses

    Compact and elegant, a small summer house delivers a striking feature to your garden

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  • Large<br />Summer houses

    Large
    Summer houses

    Spacious and expansive, our large summer houses offer the ultimate garden showcase

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  • Corner<br />Summer houses

    Corner
    Summer houses

    Neat and space-saving, a corner summer house maximises every inch of your garden

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  • Octagonal<br />Summer houses

    Octagonal
    Summer houses

    Classic and stylish, an octagonal summer house makes a statement in any garden

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  • Stunning<br />Sunrooms

    Stunning
    Sunrooms

    A beautiful light-filled space to spread out, perfect for entertaining

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  • Rotating<br />Summer houses

    Rotating
    Summer houses

    Change the perspective on your garden with a rotating base that you can revolve

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  • Bespoke<br />Summer houses

    Bespoke
    Summer houses

    Bring your personal vision to life by creating the summer house of your dreams

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  • Ex-Display<br />Summer houses

    Ex-Display
    Summer houses

    Purchase summer houses that have been built for demonstration purposes.

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View our product range

Each of our octagonal models offer the opportunity to add a rotating base, enabling you to revolve the structure with a gentle turn to follow the sun or shelter from the wind. Choose from a smaller or a more spacious model depending on the setting and your plans to use your summer house.

  • The Balmoral Summerhouse

    Traditional, classic styling and an exclusive shutter system offers the perfect retreat from the pressures of modern life. The Balmoral Summerhouse comes with an optional rotating base, hidden by timber skirting upon installation.

    from £5,800

    The Balmoral Summerhouse

    from £5,800

  • The Baltimore Summerhouse

    The Baltimore is an extremely popular octagonal summerhouse that suits most gardens and comes, as standard, with a glass-fibre roof. An optional rotating base gives you the freedom to move and turn your summerhouse as you please.

    from £8,770

    The Baltimore Summerhouse

    from £8,770

  • The Burghley Summerhouse

    The Burghley is our larger octagonal summerhouse perfect for alfresco dining, a studio or playroom, or to simply entertain family and friends. Why not add some additional freestanding seating with your choice of various upholstery?

    from £9,670

    The Burghley Summerhouse

    from £9,670

  • The Newhaven Corner Summerhouse

    Capture the magic of the garden, custom designed in two convenient sizes allowing it to neatly fit into a corner site in your garden. Built with sustainably sourced Timber and supplied with an luxurious, industrial quality paint finish.

    from £9,470

    The Newhaven Corner Summerhouse

    from £9,470

  • The Sun Ray Garden Room

    The ultimate garden sanctuary designed to create that “forever” garden space where memories are created and stories are shared.

    from £10,600

    The Sun Ray Garden Room

    from £10,600

  • Refer a Friend and Get Rewards

    Did you know that as the owner of a Scotts luxury summerhouse, you can claim rewards for yourself and your friends or family? You could earn as much as £500, subject to terms and conditions.

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Our friendly team is standing by to help you plan your summer house project. Whether you have been inspired by what you have seen here, or need some additional advice and support, do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help you bring your perfect summer house to life.
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The benefits of a Scotts rotating summer house

One of the key benefits of a rotating summer house is its versatility. No need to make a firm decision about the aspect you favour at installation because you can easily turn the summer house in a fresh direction depending on the weather and the vista you prefer on any given day. As with all Scotts’ summer houses, our rotating base models are built from sustainable hardwood using state of the art production techniques and benefit from over 100 years of experience.

Elegance

Adding a rotating base enables your summer house to be moved effortlessly so it revolves into a new position, giving you more time in the sunshine, more shade when the mercury is high, and more privacy when you want to retreat for a mindful moment.

Versatility

A summer house with a rotating base offers the ultimate in versatile style with a fresh view at your command every day. The interior style is equally flexible with a choice of high-quality fittings and luxe furnishings to complement your taste. Your summer house is also adaptable for use as you please providing room to breathe or space to concentrate on your work in an office with the shortest commute in the world.

Choice

With three models and two sizes, you can add a rotating base to our Balmoral, Baltimore, or Burghley summer houses. Personalise the exterior with a smooth-to-the-touch protective paint finish in a range of colours that reflect the natural world. Inside you can add precisely machined tongue and groove effect lining with insulation as an optional extra. Solar lighting can enable you to remain outdoors for longer as night falls on summer evenings.

For all seasons

A rotating summer house delivers the ultimate way to escape a shower of rain. With a simple turn of the conveniently placed handle, your summer house will roll around to face out of the wind. Or you can turn it by degrees as you follow the sun throughout the afternoon. Its balletic wheeled movement delivers flexibility in all weathers.

Durability

Built from a premium quality hardwood, Red Grandis, every Scotts summer house has durability at its heart. Our luxury paint finish will protect the building for even longer. With a choice of eleven colours, the microporous topcoat is applied in a spray finish from the Teknos range which helps your summer house to withstand the elements. Doors and windows are carefully engineered for a perfect fit to keep out moisture and retain the pristine condition of your summer house.

Service

At Scotts, service is in our DNA and underpins our values in all that we do. You can be sure that we will engage with you fully throughout your summer house project and will be on hand at all times to personally oversee the process. Our experience and expertise underpin our ability to rise to any challenge.

"Just to say, I am thrilled with my summer house and was most impressed that your team arrived so early on the installation day."

Mrs J, Warwickshire

"We are delighted with our summer house and will enjoy it even in winter with the lighting and heating installed."

Mr & Mrs S

"The quality, workmanship, delivery, and assembly all exceeded our expectations. Thank you for your hard work in answering all our queries."

Mr & Mrs S, West Sussex

"Everyone has been so helpful and friendly and the team that came to install the summer house are a credit to your company."

Mrs T, West Sussex

"Just a note to tell you that we are over the moon with our new summer house. We are delighted with it and certainly satisfied customers."

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Rotating Summer house Frequently Asked Questions

  • Would a rotating summer house work for me?

    A rotating summer house is fitted with a wheeled base that is installed at the point of construction. Stylish handles placed on the summer house walls enable you to gently turn the entire building on its axis around 360 degrees. The rotating base is hidden from view behind timber skirting, so nobody knows it is there but you. An ingenious mechanism invented by the Victorians, and favoured by 20th century writers including George Bernard Shaw, summer houses have been revolving in our gardens for over 150 years.

    You might decide to choose a garden building with a revolving base if you:

    • have a large garden and want to be able to see every aspect of your planting at various times during the year.
    • envisage using your summer house for hobbies which need bright daylight.
    • are a sun worshipper who always wants to follow the light and get your fix of Vitamin D.
    • yearn to watch wildlife from the comfort of your garden building.
    • are keen to make the most of a great view from the top of your garden.
    • see yourself using a summer house in the cooler months and want to be able to turn away from the oncoming wind.
    • want to surprise and delight your visitors and guests with this ingenious unexpected feature.
  • What are the benefits of a rotating summer house?

    One of the main benefits of choosing a rotating base for your summer house is to extend its usability all year round. The position of the sun and the direction of the wind changes according to the seasons. You can follow the light as it moves across your garden with a simple turn of the summer house handles. Choosing a rotating summer house opens up the possibilities for your garden building enjoyment because you can enjoy a fresh view every day.

    In the spring and summer, you may wish to orientate your summer house towards your patio or decking when you’re entertaining friends or family. In the autumn and winter, you might prefer to change your perspective to take in a dramatic seascape or rugged country outlook. If you have a large garden, you don’t have to decide which segment will appear in your summer house windows until the flowers are in bloom.

  • Is a revolving summer house easy to use?

    Our rotating base mechanism is extremely sophisticated, and its nylon wheels ensure that it always runs smoothly. It is easy to turn the entire building with minimal effort using handles strategically placed on the outside of the garden building. The base is weighted to ensure that the summer house will not move on its own. In the Scotts range, the decorative handles are made in the same metal used for the window and door furniture on your chosen summer house model.

  • Does a rotating summer house need a base?

    Summer houses and garden buildings of all sizes require a firm base constructed on a level surface to promote their stability and longevity. You will need to obtain the base plan for your choice of summer house from Scotts before the base is constructed to ensure that the size and dimensions are appropriate.

    Alternatively, Scotts offer an innovative ad convenient ground screw base that will provide the perfect support your rotating summer house on an uneven surface. Find out more about our ground screw base here.

  • Where is the ideal location to place a rotating summer house?

    Your summer house can be installed anywhere in your garden. Below we look at some of the factors you should consider before making your decision. Think about whether you would like your summer house to be:

    • Located to face the direction of the sun or placed in the shade
    • Situated in the middle of your garden or in a space-saving corner
      All Scotts’ standard summer houses are over 2.5m in height so they must be installed at least 2m from your boundary to comply with planning regulations. Full details are available here.
    • Facing the garden or your home
      The Scotts rotating base can be selected as an optional extra to allow you more flexibility. Turn your summer house to face the sun or change your vista as required. The rotating based can be fitted to the Balmoral, Baltimore or 2.4m Burghley summer house models.
    • Fitted with a convenient power supply.
  • Is a revolving summer house easy to use?

    Our rotating base mechanism is extremely sophisticated, and its nylon wheels ensure that it always runs smoothly. It is easy to turn the entire building with minimal effort using handles strategically placed on the outside of the garden building. The base is weighted to ensure that the summer house will not move on its own. In the Scotts range, the decorative handles are made in the same metal used for the window and door furniture on your chosen summer house model.

  • What extra features do Scotts offer for rotating summer houses?

    Our luxury summer house range can be enhanced with a variety of optional accessories as required. You can personalise your rotating summer house with a range of:

    • colour finishes
    • fabric styles and seating
    • roof materials.

    In addition, you can select from a number of innovative features including:

    • rotating base
    • padded lounger insert
    • shelf feature
    • tongue and groove effect lining
    • floor covering
    • leaded glass
    • underlining to roof
    • double glazing and insulation
    • solar lighting.
  • What type of summer house has a rotating base?

    Technically any size of garden building could be fitted with a rotating base (just ask about our bespoke service and we will create a summer house to meet your precise specification). Scotts offers three standard rotating base models which range from 2m to 2.4m in size.

    • The Balmoral – with a unique door and window shutter system that can be removed and stored on convenient brackets.
    • The Baltimore – the rotating base is hidden behind painted timber skirting to hide the mechanism from view.
    • The Burghley – the largest in our octagonal summer house range, this spacious garden building is ideal for entertaining.
  • How can I fit out my rotating summer house?

    Once your summer house has been installed, you will be free to add your own comfortable furniture or take advantage of the modular seating system specially designed by Scotts to fit the octagonal walls maximising the useable space. Seats are crafted in timber and painted the same shade as your garden building exterior. The sections fit together and can be moved around for your convenience. They also include handy storage under the lidded seats. To make your summer house even more inviting choose from a range of luxurious upholstery options in fabrics to complement your choice of décor.

  • What are the best accessories for a rotating summer house?

    We’ve been inspired by our rotating base to find useful revolving items for you to use inside. A simple online search will help you to find rotating organisers for small items you may wish to keep inside your summer house or a set of rounded shelves on wheels for easy access to everything you might need without returning to the house.

    Serve up afternoon tea on a lazy Susan with a splendid revolving cake stand so that everyone can reach a slice with ease. Entertain your guests with a vinyl record turntable. Scotts offers a handy bay shelf feature where you can display your favourite objet d’art on a rotating platform.  If you would like to see a rotating summer house in action, please get in touch to find out about our showroom locations. We have partners and customers based all over the UK who will be only too happy to show you how the mechanism works and tell you why they are delighted with their rotating garden building.

  • How should I maintain my summer house?

    For guidelines and advice on maintaining your building throughout its lifespan, take a look at the Scotts summer house maintenance manual we provide at the time of sale. If you require a replacement copy, please email a request to gazebos@scottsofthrapston.co.uk

    To assist your decision-making, why not visit our stunning summer house show site at Thrapston which is open from Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm, excluding Bank Holidays)? We organise several open days at the show site throughout the year. In addition, our summer houses can be seen on display all year round at selected garden centres across the country. Find out where you can view a Scotts summer house here.

    Not yet found what you were looking for? Contact our dedicated sales team on 01832 732366 or email gazebos@scottsofthrapston.co.uk and we will be in touch.

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