Outdoor retreats have grown in popularity over the past few years, as a place where we can all escape to, or spend with family and friends. They can range from being a simple structure to a space large enough to work in, next to the home or ideally placed somewhere quiet in the garden.
A garden retreat can also double up as an alternative type of holiday home for paying guests or an extra place for non-paying guests – subduing the need to build up or out, as they work as a brilliant home extension, perhaps used as a play room, or a music room, art room, work room, somewhere to have tea and cakes, or to watch the sunset with a glass of wine. It could also be a place where you can introduce a brave new interior style that you wouldn’t dare to bring into your own home.
Ready-made garden retreats come in all different shapes and sizes, in kit form or pre-constructed, catering for all types of budgets – starting at around £500 for a small wooden retreat to thousands for a large self-contained space.
If you’ve watched George Clarkson’s ‘Amazing Spaces’ then you will probably have felt inspired by the multitude of outdoor spaces created on the show. The Channel 4 series featured small and large spaces - one created in an old gypsy caravan, coach, bus and on a smaller scale an old milk float, several made from an array of materials, everything is possible it seems with a bit imagination and some basic DIY skills.
Whatever purpose your garden retreat has, it will undoubtedly feel completely different from your current living area – but isn’t that the point of a garden retreat – an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of a home environment – a sanctuary from our hectic calendars and lives.