Crane National Trust, The Ickworth Summerhouse

Prices Around: £5799
Size: 10 X 8
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Wow is what you will say the first time that you see the huge 10 X 8, Ickworth Summerhouse…… well that is after you have picked your jaw up from the floor! This is what is known as a top of the line style of summerhouse. Made to resemble the classic style of summerhouses (and sheds) that were popular many years ago in East Anglia. The Ickworth Summerhouse has some old school charm, but is built with the very best and most reliable materials.

The checklist of what makes this an incredible summerhouse is just staggering. A huge set of double doors, corrugated roof and many windows made from actual glass are the main features of the Ickworth Summerhouse. In all there is just such a charm and great style to this summerhouse that if the doors were open it would be near impossible not to want to go and have a relaxing sit down inside!

IMPORTANT – Why we recommend buying this product from the National Trust over other sites.

At WhatShed we strive to help give you the customer the best possible information to help you decide what garden building is right for you. The following are the reasons why we say – Buy from the National Trust for maximum consumer protection!!

All online retailers are obliged under the distance selling regulations to offer a 14 working day right to withdraw from the contract to purchase. Starting the day after the date the item is delivered. If you buy your garden building in a store or showroom please be a ware that you are NOT coved by this and you are stuck in many ways with your buying decision if you decide to change your mind a few days later.

30-day no quibble returns guarantee = The National Trust blow this out of the water by offering what we at WhatShed believe is the best and safest customer guarantee on offer when buying a garden building online. They offer a “No quibble 30-day returns guarantee means that if for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, you can return it to us in its original condition within 30 days of the date you received the item, and we will issue a full refund for the price you paid for the item.”

What we rate

  • A huge amount of space!
  • Corrugated roof
  • Scandinavian Redwood is used throughout
  • Double doors
  • Classic, sawn board cladding

What we slate

  • Costs nearly five and a half grand!
  • Installation can take a while (up to 12 weeks!)
  • Huge size does require a large garden
How We Rate It
9
Quality 9/10
90% Complete
Longevity Of Materials 8.5/10
85% Complete
Storage Size 9/10
90% Complete
Ease Of Installation 10/10
100% Complete
Value For Money 8.5/10
85% Complete

Let's Take a Closer Look...

Item damaged in transit = We commonly see the complaint with other retailers that the customers garden building gets damaged in transit. Most other company seem to do everything they can to get out of helping you if this happens. The real stand out service that the National Trust offers goes way beyond what we have seen from any other merchant. They say “If the item was damaged in transit. If you take delivery of a National Trust Online Shop package and the contents have been damaged in transit, you can return the item(s) to us within 30 days of receipt for exchange.” That is an outstanding commitment to customer service and we wish more retailers in this sector could boast the same levels of commitment.

In short unlike some other merchants we have reviews we feed 100% confident with the way the National Trust is handling its customers in the event they run into a problem. Time and again we see reports of products getting damaged in transit. We strongly feel that the National Trusts no quibble 30-day returns guarantee means that if for any reason you have with your purchase you are in safe hands. We only wish some of the other retailers would offer the same outstanding level of protection and peace of mind that the National Trust are giving customers. To see the full National Trust returns policy follow this link, we are sure that you will agree they are the #1 choice when it comes to buying your Crain garden building from.

Buy from the National Trust for maximum consumer protection!!

This summerhouse is huge and looks really cool is what will probably go through your mind when you first look at this. But we are getting deep inside and having a real close look at what makes this such an epic summerhouse.

Shed Type And Roof Size

The Ickworth Summerhouse - Painters Grey 10 X 8This is the largest size that the Ickworth Summerhouse is available in and it is just a beast of a summerhouse…. Well a beast who is easy on the eyes. The length of the summerhouse is 9 feet 8 inches and the width is 7 feet 8 inches. The floor space available to you here is just amazing and it really does give you an almost limitless amount of choice when it comes to just what you can put in here and how you can lay it all out. We feel that this is the type of summerhouse where you will want to go out and make sure you have some very nice furniture to go along with how good the summerhouse looks. The height of the summerhouse is just ideal….. ideal because at its highest point it a the ridge is around the seven foot mark, lowest point around six feet high, but also ideal because it is under the height that would require you to get planning permission for the summerhouse, we applaud Crane for that big time!

We think that when Crane started the design process of the Ickworth Summerhouse that they started with the amazing, corrugated roof and worked their way down. This roof stands out very nicely and the fact that is an apex roof means that as well as being a nice looking roof, it will also keep the rain from sitting on top. 19 x 125 mm tongue and groove boards are underneath the corrugated roof and are made with Scandinavian Redwood. To save you having to look up at the roof boards when you are trying to enjoy your wine and the sun, Crane have put in some pine effect, tongue and groove ceiling and it really does just make the inside look that extra bit nice.

Cladding, Frame And Floor

The Ickworth Summerhouse - Disraeli Green 10 X 8The Scandinavian Redwood which is making up most of this summerhouse is very strong, reliable and long lasting….. the three exact things that you want your cladding to be! We will admit that first of all the idea of using, old school sawn board cladding sounded flat out weird, but wow did Crane pull this off! It really does give the summerhouse a look that most modern summerhouse manufacturers would not even dream of attempting. The sawn board cladding is a nice 12 x 150 mm thick which does have a little bit extra, 16 x 38 mm topping to give it a nice little after effect. We really are pleased with this cladding and think that Crane may very well kick start a trend of other companies using this type of cladding.

Framing is made from 39 x 50 mm thick Scandinavian Redwood which will really make sure that even ten years from now your summerhouse will be just as strong as it was the day that Crane came to your home to install it. We are sure that you will not have to worry about making some DIY patches down the line to make your summerhouse feel strong again. This frame is built to last and last is exactly what it is going to do.

With this being the largest version of the Ickworth Summerhouse, you are no doubt going to want to have a whole lot of stuff in here and that really is the point of having a summerhouse this large! Anyway the flooring is going to have to be strong to handle all these items. The same kind of boarding (19 x 125 mm tongue and groove boarding) that is used for the roof is what is going to be under your feet here. This is good flooring which will take a lot of weight and because of the floor joists which are 38 x 50 mm will not have an awful bouncy feel to it which sadly too many summerhouse do. We love how Crane have not cheaped out when it came to the flooring and have kept it in line with the high quality of the rest of the summerhouse.

Treatment Requirement And Warranty

The Ickworth Summerhouse - Dome Ochre 10 X 8To justify that high price tag, Crane are using the best of the best in regards to materials. So this is going to be standing strong for a lot of years. Still, bad things can happen to the best made structures and with that in mind, Crane do offer a two year warranty that will protect you against any kind of general “wear and tear” that may occur. This is good to know and does offer you a little piece of mind. Now one thing that is important to know is that if you ignore Crane’s advice on where to place the summerhouse then it is possible the warranty may not be valid.

Doors And Windows

The Ickworth Summerhouse - Terrace Green 10 X 8The doors are just really, really nice! They are these large, double doors that are 1100 mm high and 1830 mm wide. We are having a really hard time to think of anything that, you would have a hard time getting in here. We love this as there is nothing worse than having to play what feels like a real life game of Tetris or feel like you are trying to fit in a puzzle piece when trying to get something inside. As practical as these double doors are they also are one of the most prominent features of the summerhouse. With two large windows, black Fleur-de-Leys hinges and a nice black door handle. These are doors that are made to look good as well as serve a practical use.

We love the windows, we really do. With the two on the doors there are six windows on the Ickworth Summerhouse. To start with these windows are made with real glass, not just normal cheap glass, but toughened 4 mm thick glass. And to make them really stand out, Crane have added this very lovely, lead cross feature in each of the windows. Now the two on the doors are slightly smaller than the other four, but this just adds to the overall impact they have. Two of the windows will (the ones on the side) allow you to open them which on a nice day is just perfect! The attention given to these window really does who just how much work has gone into this summerhouse.

Security And Privacy

The Ickworth Summerhouse - Wades Lantern 10 X 8A mortice lock is what Crane have added to give you some security and keep your items safe while you are not using the summerhouse. Now as practical as this is, Crane have made sure that it fits in line with the other details of the summerhouse so it is the same shade of black as the hinges and door handle. There are six windows on here so there may be a privacy concern for some folks, but this is easily fixed by picking out some nice curtains or even some blinds.

Customisation Options

This is such a nice looking summerhouse that really we think it would fit in anywhere (as long as you have the room of course) but to really make sure they are catering for all tastes and desires, Crane do offer six colours of paint. Terrace Green, Dome Ochre, Disraeli Green, Wades Lantern, Painters Grey and Earls Grey. This is a good selection of colours and we are sure there will be a colour that suits your taste perfectly.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Quality 9/10
90% Complete
Just first rate, high class, top of the line, triple A or whatever you want to call it! This is the Ferrari of summerhouses. Price may be high, but so is the quality.
Longevity Of Materials 8.5/10
85% Complete
Crane have made a truly amazing looking summerhouse here and they have done so with some of the best (and in turn, most expensive) materials that you can get. This means that you are not going to have any kind of concerns three, four or five years down the line that these materials are not going to hold up.
Storage Size 9/10
90% Complete
If you want extra space in your home, but do not want to have an extension then this really is the next best thing (or even better option depending on how you look at it) 10 x 8 is just a great amount of space and it means that you can really design the summerhouse just the way you want without having to make any major sacrifices.
Ease Of Installation 10/10
100% Complete
This is a huge summerhouse that has a heavy corrugated roof, glass windows and a lot of things to put together…….. for amateur DIY enthusiasts this would be a nightmare, probably not be built right and maybe even see you need to take a trip to the A & E! Well Crane use their master builders (no not the same ones from the Lego Movie) to come and install the summerhouse for you!
Value For Money 8.5/10
85% Complete
8.5 may seem very high for a summerhouse that costs, £5,495.00, but the amount of space available, high quality of materials and the way that Crane will make sure it is built right do mean that when you spend this kind of money, you will have a summerhouse that you can use and really enjoy for a many good years.
9
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: We will admit it was pretty much love at first sight when we saw the 10 x 8, Ickworth Summerhouse, but we do know that with a price of £5,495.00 this is a summerhouse that would be a very extravagant purchase for the average Joe. Still if you have the money or if you want to scrimp and save until you can afford it then we are sure you will be very happy and spend a lot of time in this amazing summerhouse.

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