Gazebo Type And Roof Size
Now here is something that took us by surprise. The Rowlinson Willow Gazebo could be just what you are looking for to finish your garden off in the right way and to give it that little bit extra personality. Summerhouses and arbours are fantastic, but there is just something so very classic or if you are cool, old school, about a gazebo. This has a hexagonal design so it is something that would fit in a corner and stay kind of out of the way or you could place it in the middle and have it as the main attraction of your garden. The overall size of this is 8 feet 1 inch wide and 7 feet wide. The height of the gazebo is very impressive as it stands just over 8 feet. This offers a very generous amount of headroom, but it is not so high that you will be hassled by a nosey neighbour about if you need or have planning permission to install it.
We really love the way the roof looks as right on the top there is this little decoration that makes it look like the top of some kind of old and expensive box. The roof is made with high quality and all natural willow and it has been woven and pieced together in just such a masterful manner that it is going to give you head some shade when you are sitting in here on a hot summer’s day. There is a slight overhang all around the roof which we really like as it helps give the gazebo just a little bit more style.
Cladding, Frame And Flooring Area
Classic, old school or even rustic would be all great ways to describe the way that the walls of this look. The whole structure is made with natural willow which looks great, but it will also have a very natural and strong feel to it. Along the bottom of the gazebo the willow in really thick and strong. Above this is a more open design where you could either just leave it as it is or have some climbing plants on it. Interestingly the very back of the gazebo is that same thick willow arrangement that is along the bottom and it looks fantastic.
The framing is something that really does have a very interesting look to it. Rather than use a standard framing, Rowlinson have made the frame from that same lovely looking natural wicker that the rest of the gazebo is. It is banded together very securely so it makes for one very strong and unique looking frame.
There is no floor with the gazebo as the idea is that you will install this on a decking area, grass or even on a paved area. The amount of floor space though is quite generous so you can easily fit a table and a couple of chairs inside.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
Now before you go rushing off to buy a tub of wood treatment, to treat this willow properly you will want to use linseed oil. This is not all that expensive and it will certainly keep that willow looking lovely. We highly recommend that you do this shortly after construction and once a year thereafter.
A one year guarantee is given with the Rowlinson Willow Gazebo so if you do have some kind of problem with the frame or the walls then you will be covered.
There is no actual seat included, but the actual area under that awesome looking roof is quite spacious. You can easily fit in a couple of chairs and a little table so you could have a nice meal in here or just put your tablet on the table to watch a movie or listen to some music. The seating area is very open thanks to there being large empty spaces that look fantastic. Getting into the gazebo is also very easy as the entrance is a large size.
If you plan on leaving the gazebo outside all year round then you must ensure that it is secured to the ground. Rowlinson actually suggest that in high winds or extreme bad weather you disassemble the gazebo. Thankfully installation is not too hard so if you do have to do this it is not too much of a headache.
Customisation Options And Extras
While we really do love that natural look the gazebo has, you could add some things to the gazebo to give it a little bit more style. Some climbing plants would look very attractive as would some decorations hanging from the open areas. Even the roof we feel would be suitable for something like a set of wind chimes.
Rowlinson do not offer any extras with this gazebo, but you may want to consider some kind of anchoring to keep it securely on the ground. Also we suggest getting a table and a set of chairs that compliments the classic look of the gazebo.
That willow really does look amazing, but the quality of craftsmanship is what really impresses us.
Longevity of Materials 8/10
You are going to be able to enjoy this for many years, especially if you remember to treat the willow once a year with linseed oil. Also if the weather does get really nasty then you may want to consider putting it away in storage. We know this sounds like a pain in the neck, but it is worth it to protect the gazebo.
While this is not a huge structure it still offers enough space for a table and a couple of chairs so you could enjoy a nice meal or just relax for a few hours. It also does not take up a whole lot of space so most sizes of garden will be able to enjoy this.
Ease of Installation 8.5/10
This is a job which will require two people, but it is nothing too overly complex and you should as long as you follow the instructions and do not fall out over who is in charge, have this installed in a couple of hours at the most.
We feel that given how well this is made and the use of the all natural willow, you are getting a lot of value for your money here.
Final Thoughts: The Rowlinson Willow Gazebo could very well be that ideal item that is going to just finish your garden perfectly. With its hexagonal size and high roof it certainly has a very eye catching design and the way the whole structure has been made from natural willow gives it a look that is unlike anything else. This is something that is going to be perfect to sit in on a warm summer's day, enjoying a glass of wine and some tasty food. The price we feel is very reasonable given how well made it is and we are sure it is something that you are going to be able to enjoy for a very long time.
Prices around: £327
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