Style and Design
Completed in a modern five sided design the Wenlock - sometimes marketed as the Adelaide or the Radford - is a substantially constructed corner cabin designed to fit neatly into any corner of a garden. The locking double doors and top hinged opening side windows ensure a bright interior to the building while the pentagonal finish is pleasing to the eye.
The Wenlock is constructed in solid 28mm (1.1'') smooth planed Nordic spruce machined timber log cladding with 19mm tongue and groove floor and roof. The windows are glazed in 4mm glass while the attractive hipped style roof is finished in mineral felt shingles.
The cabin measures 6'11'' (2.13m) at the eaves rising to 8'6'' (2.6m) at the highest point of the roof. Internal dimensions are 9' x 9' (2.744 x 2.744m).
The Wenlock is supplied in a natural untreated finish. It is recommended that the building be treated with a high quality spirit based preserver/stain at the time of construction and at regular intervals thereafter.
Available options include a cheaper felt roof option is also available. The prices marked ** on the price list above are for the felt roof version.
The Wenlock is delivered with full instructions ready for assembly by two people.
See the details of sellers and prices given above.
The Forest Garden Wenlock, which you can also sometimes find badged as the Adelaide or the Radford, is a high quality substantial corner log cabin. The standard of build is unquestionable with the Wenlock's interlocking 28mm kiln dried logs a real step up from the 12mm tongue and groove cladding found in economy models. Although it doesn't specifically relate to the Wenlock, you can get a good idea of the manufacturing standard and quality of the materials used from Forest Garden's log cabin promotional video (opens in a new window). The slow growing pine used in the timbers provides a close grain which contributes to the structural stability of the cabin and quality materials are used throughout. We particularly like the 19mm tongue and groove roof and floor which add to the strength and durability of the structure - no solid sheet osb here!
The standard of build should ensure the Wenlock stays wind and watertight provided it's properly erected in accordance with the instructions and the roof covering correctly applied. Note that a choice of roof finish is available. Some sellers supply a felt shingle roof covering as standard while one or two have the option of a cheaper felt roof finish. We've indicated which option applies on our price guide. The felt shingles are pleasing to the eye but do seem to attract quite a premium. We've also seen suggestions that in stormy conditions the wind can tend to blow rain under them with consequences for the cabin structure. That being the case pragmatism in the form of a plain felt covering might be preferable to the more aesthetic (and expensive) shingles, particularly if the building is to be erected in an exposed location.
The Wenlock has plenty windows which should ensure a bright and airy interior. Both side windows can be opened which is ideal for ventilation on a hot day. During the winter months one or both windows can also be left slightly open to allow air to circulate through the building to keep things fresh. True the windows are single glazed but we don't think you could realistically expect double glazing in a building of this size at this price.
One thing you should note is that with the exception of the pressure treated floor bearers, the Wenlock is supplied untreated and undecorated. You'll have to make sure that the timbers are treated with a suitable preservative and, if desired, decorative finish at the time of assembly or very shortly thereafter. It's generally recommended that the treatment be applied within three weeks of erection but we'd suggest you give some thought to treating the exposed timbers prior to putting the cabin together. That way you can make sure that any areas which might be liable to weathering but difficult to reach after assembly are properly treated. And remember that the finish will require to be maintained on a regular basis throughout the life of the cabin to keep the structure in top condition.
We don't think assembly of the cabin, though a little complex, would be beyond anyone with average diy skills. A minimum of two people will be required though and we have seen estimates and reports of the assembly time varying from 5 to 7 hours to 7 days! Something in between is more likely. We doubt whether someone with little or no experience of building assembly would manage to complete the erection of the Wenlock in a single day but two days should do it. Best thing is probably to begin early one morning and just see how it goes. Remember you'll also have to allow time to apply a suitable finish - probably a minimum of two coats.
There are a few other corner summerhouses in this price category that are also worth looking at. The Greenacre 3x3, the Ardcastle, the Melanie and the Melena spring to mind as corner cabins with a similar 28mm smooth planed interlocking log construction although the Greenacre has only a single front door and the Ardcastle offers a solid sheet floor and roof rather than the all wood structure of the others. But apart from the slightly more expensive Nancy III, all are in a similar price category and we think they're worth a look too if the Wenlock takes your fancy.
That said, we do think the Wenlock offers real style and quality in a summerhouse which will fit snugly into the corner of the garden. It's a decent size without being too large and provides a useful outdoor living area which can be used all year round. As we've suggested above, the felt roof option might be a better bet if you're garden is in an exposed area - and it will save you a few pounds into the bargain. You will need to spend some time adding a preservative/decorative finish to the building, but that's the case generally with summerhouses in this class and a little time invested here will pay real dividends in the long run. We like the wooden floor and roof, the overall design and the quality of the build. In short, there's not much to find fault with in the Wenlock. 4.5 stars are heading its way.