Exclusive garden houses for the summer: Your own luxurious personal retreat

Summer may soon be upon us and we never know how long it’s likely to last, so making the most of your garden space is imperative. You’ve most probably spent many months longingly gazing at your garden aching to be back out there with the sun on your face and a book in hand or hosting an event for friends, so why not spend time planning your very own luxurious garden retreat for when the sun does finally makes its appearance? With the prospect of a few weeks or even months at home in this current situation it could be the ideal time to elevate your garden to make the very best of a limiting situation.

It’s important to plan this type of work well, starting with what budget you have, design and layout, how much space and positioning in the garden, and any building work that needs to be undertaken. A lot of garden houses will take fairly simple construction and, if you’re handy with a hammer anyway, you may want to do the work yourself – just make sure you’re kitted out properly. Engelbert strauss offers a wide selection of work wear to choose from so ensure you choose the right clothes and footwear for the job at hand and don’t try it alone, you will certainly need assistance.

To take your garden from liveable to luxurious we’ve shortlisted the four best garden retreats you can get your hands on.

If you really want to take your garden spa aspirations up a notch then add a barrel sauna into the mix

Garden pods

If you haven’t seen these dome garden pods, you will be amazed once you catch sight. Perfect for outdoor dining, working, studying or even sleeping under the stars, the spherical structures are nearly completely see-through, meaning they offer great views of your surrounding area. Pop it in a picturesque part of your garden, close the door, turn on the heating and lights, pop some music on and relax or dine in style. There are varying sizes and styles available – you can opt for a rotating pod, or even a twelve-seater with customisable interiors, ideal for a social gathering. Once you’ve installed a garden pod you will, no doubt, find any excuse to get out there, come rain or shine, and relax in this unique space.

Garden room

If you fancy a little more privacy for yourself within your garden retreat, perhaps you’re using the space as an outdoor gym or an office, then a garden room could be just what you’re after. These are basically the same as an extension to your house, but the time, cost and effort are lower, and you can pop them anywhere on your property. Often made from sustainable wood, these solid structures offer all the privacy you will need if you fancy a quiet moment to yourself to catch up on some work or a take a workout uninterrupted. They could also be the ideal spot for a growing teenager looking for their own space to recline and entertain friends or for the whole family as a games room – the options are plentiful.

Designed for use in warmer months and the ideal garden furniture storage area in winter, summer houses offer the perfect retreat in which to relax with a book and a cup of tea – or gin and tonic

Garden spa

Heat up the hot tub and jump in – whatever the weather these are ideal for relaxing in outdoors, made all the more sumptuous with a cool breeze blowing. You may, however, want to consider an enclosed hot tub for wetter weather so that you can enjoy your tub for longer. More of a gazebo style structure, these will offer you a great amount of protection from rain and snow but allow you to enjoy your surroundings ensuring you can still embrace the outdoors too. If you really want to take your garden spa aspirations up a notch then add a barrel sauna into the mix, coming in varying sizes and customisable to your garden space, you can enjoy the health benefits and relaxation without even leaving your home. Bliss!

Summer house

Designed for use in warmer months and the ideal garden furniture storage area in winter, summer houses offer the perfect retreat in which to relax with a book and a cup of tea – or gin and tonic. Invite people to soak up the sun with you in this outdoor lounge area or just steal away some time for yourself in your own little haven. You can opt for a hexagonal version or rectangular with windows surrounding, traditional or contemporary style with a porch, whatever your preferences and garden size, you’ll find something to suit.

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