A haven for your home crafted with care from high quality materials

The appearance and style of a Scotts summer house is only half the story. You can rest assured that your summer house has been built using the finest materials from the watertight roof to the precisely fitting doors and windows, and the sound, solid floor. Our summer houses combine expert craftsmanship with creativity.

Whether you choose a glass fibre or cedar shingle roof material, you can expect it to last up to 30 years with minimal maintenance. Choose from slate or lead effect moulded composite glass fibre that is highly resistant to UV rays, or a natural cedar shingle made from stress graded timber that will stand the test of time. Tasteful roof underlining is provided in either cream fabric or off-white paint. The external cladding, wall framing, doors and windows are precision-made from sustainably sourced hardwood Red Grandis, and the floor is custom-made from European Redwood. Door and windows are handmade by expert joiners and can be fitted with double-glazing using low E energy glass and finished with solid brass or contemporary satin chrome furniture.


We understand that choosing exactly the right elements for your made-to-measure summer house requires thought and deliberation. While we are happy to talk you through the process, we hope that this guide will help you to weigh up the benefits of selecting from our extensive range of construction options. Follow the steps below and your vision will emerge from the choices you make:

  • Firstly, choose the size and shape of summer house that best fits with your property and the way you envisage enjoying this deluxe extension to your home.
  • Secondly, decide whether you prefer a lead or slate effect glass fibre roof or a natural cedar shingle. You can expect both roofing options to last 20-30 years. (If you need to limit the roof height to below 2.5m, let us know when you place your order).
  • Next, choose from eleven classic exterior paint colours that complement your garden setting and personal style.
  • Then decide whether you would like single or double-glazing, and classic brass or more modern satin chrome door and window furniture.
  • Think about whether you would like to add tongue and groove effect lining or insulation to the interior walls.
  • If you choose to add free-standing modular seating, select a fabric design to help create the ambience and style that you prefer.
  • Finally, browse our full selection of optional extras and choose whether to add a rotating base, shelf feature, or solar lighting.

View our wooden summer house range

We have six stunning Timber summer house designs for you to choose from, ranging from our smaller gazebo styles with optional rotating bases, through to more luxurious and spacious garden escapes, all fully customised to suit your tastes.

  • 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

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Your choice of roof materials

The roof becomes the crowning glory for your summer house, so it is important to choose the materials that complement your style ambitions. It is also vital that the roof protects you from the weather, and whichever roof option you choose, minimal maintenance should see it last for between 20 and 30 years.

Moulded from composite glass fibre, you can select from a realistic lead or slate effect roof styled to fit as standard on many of our summer house models. Designed to realistically simulate slate tiles or lead, this material provides the ultimate protection from UV rays. A glass fibre roof is supplied as standard on the Balmoral, Baltimore, Newhaven (2.2m model), Burghley (2.4m) and the Sun Ray Garden Room (3.4m model). A moulded composite roof like this can provide a clean, modern aesthetic, or the opportunity to allow moss and plants to grow, providing naturalistic appeal.

Alternatively, you might prefer an all-natural cedar shingle roof, treated to deliver maximum preservation. Our summer house roofs are fitted with only the highest quality Grade 1 Western Red cedar shingles emanating warm tones that complement the natural verdure of your garden. Cedar roof options are all decorated with a stunning copper finial (except on the Sun Ray Garden Room). A cedar shingle roof is supplied as standard on our Burghley Summer house (3.0m and 3.6m models), the Newhaven Corner Summer house (3.0m model) and the Sun Ray Garden Room (3.9m and 4.4m models).

If required, we can fulfil your brief to install a cedar shingle roof that will keep the height of the building below 2.5m to comply with current planning regulations. Our smaller Burghley summer house (2.4m model) and Sun Ray Garden Room (3.4m) can be supplied with a reduced pitch roof for this purpose. Alternatively, the 2.2m Newhaven Corner Summer house is available with a modified slate effect glass fibre roof that maintains the height of the structure below 2.5m.

Underpinning each roof is a handmade structure crafted from stress graded timber and lined with a breathable underlay to ensure a watertight finish. Roof lining is supplied in a plain cream fabric as standard, or with an underlining made from MDF and painted in off white if you select a cedar shingle roof.


  • Timber

    Your summer house is crafted from sustainably sourced hardwood from well-managed forests. The external cladding, wall framing, roof, doors, and windows are all made from Red Grandis and the floor from PEFC® certified European Redwood which is vacuum pressure impregnated with Osmose Naturewood. All timber is specially selected for high quality and longevity.

  • Walls

    Encircling your summer house, the exterior cladding is made from ex 19 x 125mm machined tongue and groove boarding secured with stainless steel nails. Frame sizes are adapted especially for each summer house model to ensure a seamless fit.

  • Doors and Windows

    Handmade by expert joiners, the doors and windows of our summer houses are fitted with 6.4mm laminated glass and delicately machined traditional beading. Doors benefit from a rebated mortice lock. Choose from high quality brass fittings or more contemporary satin chrome window and door furniture. Double glazing with low E energy-saving glass can be installed in all models (except the Balmoral). The Balmoral summer house is fitted with shutters made from 3mm clear acrylic sheeting that can be removed to assist cleaning and painting.

  • Flooring

    Our robust summer house floors are made using ex 19 x 125mm pressure impregnated tongue and grove floorboards. The strong timber joists for all models are ex 50 x 38mm.

  • Solar Lighting

    Capturing the natural energy of the sun, our solar lighting package is capable of generating 12v of power that can switch on lights, keep a fan turning, or charge your smart devices. The kit includes a 10w solar panel with 2.5m connection cable; solar panel wall bracket; 10Ah solarhub; table lamp and 80lm vintage bulb with 5m cable and switch, and a floor lamp and 350lm vintage bulb plus 5m cable and switch.

  • Roof Options

    Opt for either a stylish slate or lead effect composite glass fibre roof, moulded to create a stunning finish that provides protection against UV rays. Alternatively, select a natural cedar shingle roof made from Grade 1 blue label, Western Red timber secured with stainless steel nails. The cedar shingle roof benefits from a stress-graded timber frame which incorporates a breathable underlay.

  • Paint Finish

    Scotts summer houses are all coated with a beautifully smooth paint finish, achieved through attention to detail including by filling all nail holes, and priming interior and exterior timber. Microporous paint from the Teknos range is applied in a spray finish to enhance its luxury appeal.

  • Lining and insulation

    Where lining is installed, your summer house walls will benefit from a 9mm exterior grade, moisture resistant MDF tongue and groove interior completed with a painted finish. Each panel is pinned and secured with a skirting board. Please talk to us if you are interested in adding insulation which is available for all our summer house models except the Balmoral.

  • Warranty

    All of our summer houses benefit from a 10-year timber guarantee against rot, fungal decay, and termite attack, subject to regular maintenance of the paint coating. Please review our Aftercare and Warranty Manual for full details. NB: Scotts reserves the right to alter its specification without prior notice in the interests of product improvement.

Why choose Scotts for your wooden summer house?

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View our types of wooden summer houses

  • Small<br />Summer houses

    Summer houses

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

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  • Large<br />Summer houses

    Summer houses

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

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  • Corner<br />Summer houses

    Summer houses

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

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  • Octagonal<br />Summer houses

    Summer houses

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

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  • Stunning<br />Sunrooms


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

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  • Rotating<br />Summer houses

    Summer houses

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

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  • Bespoke<br />Summer houses

    Summer houses

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

    View Bespoke Summerhouses
  • Ex-Display<br />Summer houses

    Summer houses

    Purchase summer houses that have been built for demonstration purposes

    View Ex-Display Summerhouses

Get in touch

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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Choosing your perfect wooden summer house

Your choice of luxury summer house should take account of the style, shape, size, and colour that will perfectly deliver a stunning garden feature that you can enjoy all year around. Personalise a Scotts summer house and create your own quintessentially English garden retreat.

  • Luxury summer houses

    Luxury summer houses

    Luxurious fixtures and fittings

    Complete your summer house with the perfect features and finishing touches

    Luxury Summerhouses
  • Wooden summer houses

    Wooden summer houses

    Sustainably sourced hardwood

    Hand-crafted joinery and woodcraft built with skill and attention to detail

    Wooden Summerhouses
  • Garden<br />summer houses

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    From Scotts to your Garden

    We will help you to plan and prepare for the arrival of your summer house

    Garden Summerhouses
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    Rewards for valued customers

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"Just a note to tell you that we are 'over the moon' with our new Summer house. We are very delighted and satisfied customers."

Mr and Mrs C, Mid Glamorgan

J"ust to say I am thrilled to bits with my summer house and was most impressed that your men were so early."

Mrs J, Warwickshire

"Everyone has been so helpful and friendly and the men who came to put up the building are a credit to your company."

Mrs T, West Sussex

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

Mr & Mrs S, West Sussex

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

Mr & Mrs S.
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Summer house Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a summer house?

    A summer house is an outdoor structure designed to enhance your garden space. Typically designed in timber, a summer house is flexible to provide a cool, shaded place to retreat from the summer heat, or a cosy hideaway for chilly spring and autumn days. Ideal for use as a craft room, yoga studio or gym, or even as outdoor bar, a summer house provides a unique and beautiful space for an idyllic garden upgrade. You can also add supplementary security and aesthetic features. Choose a slate or lead effect moulded composite or cedar shingle roof, additional windows, or glazed doors to create a light-filled space.

    Scotts’ wooden summer houses are designed in a range of shapes and sizes. Small and traditional, our Balmoral summer house offers the perfect fit for a garden of any dimensions. Or you might want to make a splash with a sophisticated Newhaven corner summer house.

    Whatever the season, our luxury summer houses can be enjoyed comfortably all year round enabling you to spend more time relaxing in your own, personal garden paradise. All Scotts summer houses are built with craftsmanship using sustainably sourced hardwood which means they are exceptionally durable and hardwearing. You can view our range of summer house designs, colours, shapes, and sizes here.

  • What can I use a summer house for?

    In recent years, the way we enjoy summer houses has continuously evolved. A wooden summer house effectively represents an extension to your home and can be used for whatever you desire. Depending on the size and location of your summer house, it could be a wonderful place for indulging in your favourite hobbies such as painting, crafting, or keeping fit in your own home gym. It could become an ideal entertaining space or a place to work quietly undisturbed. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

    We offer free-standing seating consisting of self-contained storage boxes upholstered in beautiful fabrics. Alternatively, you can simply arrange your own furniture to create a summer house that perfectly meets your needs.

    Allow Scotts to help you design the ideal space to bring your vision to life. If you would like some inspiration, take a look at what some of our satisfied customers say. Contact us to start planning your garden summer house project.

  • Do I need planning permission for my wooden summer house?

    Wooden summer houses and garden buildings are regarded as ‘permitted development’ so they do not usually require planning permission, although some criteria apply. While we cannot provide definitive advice on whether planning permission is required in each individual circumstance, we hope that these guidelines* will assist you.

    *The guidelines are intended to give an overview of regulations which may be subject to changes in legislation. We recommend that you contact your local planning authority for specific advice.

  • Do I need a base for my summer house?

    Wooden summer houses and garden buildings all 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 it is constructed to ensure that the size and dimensions are appropriate.

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

  • Where is the ideal location to place my wooden summer house?

    A wooden 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.
  • What type of timber is used for Scotts summer houses?

    The external cladding, wall framing, roof, doors, and windows are manufactured from stable, durable, and dense Red Grandis, a premium quality, sustainably sourced hardwood timber derived from well-managed forests. The floor is manufactured from high quality PEFC® certified European Redwood which is vacuum pressure impregnated with Osmose Naturewood. All timber is carefully selected to deliver a maximum lifespan.

  • What extra features do Scotts offer for their wooden summer houses?

    Our wooden summer house range can be enhanced with a variety of optional accessories as required. You can personalise your new 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.
  • How should I maintain my summer house?

    For guidelines and advice on maintaining your wooden summer house 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 get in touch.

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