We are very fortunate to be marketing this beautiful apartment within Woodcock Hill, a fabulous 18th-century Country home with sweeping lawns, walled flower and vegetable gardens, an orchard and even a small woodland.  There are endless opportunities for secret hideaway spaces and perfectly placed Summer houses. Whilst we don’t all own a country home most of us have a garden, courtyard space or even a humble shed. As a child, I loved building tucked away dens in the back garden typically a way to escape my brothers.  I would be in my element hiding away at the bottom of the garden with a few cushions, my books, a rug to lie on and usually an old sheet tied up precariously between trees to provide some shade.

Today a sophisticated and grown up option for your very own retreat is a beautiful summer house and here we share our tips for the perfect summer house transformation. Apart from the obvious shade element you want to build/place your summer house in the perfect spot, slightly hidden amongst the trees if you have any, and definitely towards the end of the garden. You need to be as far away from the house as possible in order to separate yourself from the normal hustle and bustle of daily life, to create that secluded, in the middle of the woods feel.

Depending on your own personal taste, you will choose colors that suit you, however overall you are trying to achieve a relaxed and informal look, with paler colors in neutral or pastel shades, which work perfectly with exposed timber frames which most summer houses are made from.  Hopefully, your shed will have space for a table or some decking outside, a perfect little spot to put a table and chair for alfresco lunches with a cold bottle of wine.

Furnishing your space is easy, all you need is a few simple items; cushions, rugs, quirky junk shop finds would work well. You can hang bunting, mix and match your furniture and have fun.  Deckchairs are a good option as you can fold them up and put them away if it rains. You might even have the space for a hammock. As this is an outside space you can experiment with your fabrics; floral or dotty as long as it’s pretty and matches in with your color palette, anything goes.  Window boxes and a few well-placed pots provide the perfect finishing touch.

We love stumbling across these property gems where the outdoors has been cleverly used as an extension of the home. adding value and providing additional space. Suitable for a home office, art studio, den for writing or simply a place for you to relax in and enjoy some down time and get away from it all.