Arbours are great little spots to relax in during those summer months, and the long summer days are served well by this stunning little model. It looks good, and would easily complement any corner space in a garden. And what’s more, it’s good for entertaining too, because it seats up to 3 people.
There is lots of versatility here. You can leave it as it is, which is no bad thing because it has plenty in the good looks department. Or you can head down to the garden centre and buy some climbers to really bring a charming look to the unit. Either way, it’s exactly what you would want for an arbour, charming and rustic.
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How We Rate It
Ease of assembly7/10
Quality of construction7.8/10
Longevity of material7.3/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Blooma Chiltern wooden corner arbour: Our first thoughts
You can’t help but be charmed by this unit. The lattice sides are a big part of this, and they really give an attractive finish to the building. Providing just the right amount of shade, that lattice work is attractive and certainly a big feature.
A big surprise here is the open slatted roof. This lets in plenty of ventilation and also sunlight. It is a nice touch, and really adds to the charming feel of the building.
Underneath the surface is real quality too. The entire building has been pressure treated. This makes life easier for you, as you don’t have to go through the annual process of treating the building for damp and rot protection. It’s all done at the factory so you have less worry.
Blooma Chiltern wooden corner arbour: Some questions you may have
What is it made of?
Softwood, so it has that lovely pleasant and smooth exterior feel. This is an easily obtainable wood, hence the price of the unit. But on top of that it has been responsibly sourced. So it looks great and it has an ethical story behind it.
What’s pressure treatment anyway?
It’s a treatment that is carried out at the factory where the timber is prepared. Chemical preservatives are literally forced into the wood, therefore offering plenty more durability as the strength and solidity that treatment brings is inside the timber, rather than only on the surface. The good news for you is that this removes the need for annual treatment, which is what happens with normal dip preservative treatments.
Can I install it myself?
You don’t need to have a professional on hand to help, but we do recommend that you construct it with the help of another person. This is for the sake of safety, because the timber is heavy.
Use safety goggles and good tools and you should easily have your new arbour up and looking lovely in a few hours.
Is it rot-proof?
That pressure treated timber protects it all year round. What’s more, the manufacturer has given you a 10 year guarantee against rot and damp.
Blooma Chiltern wooden corner arbour: So what’s the quality like?
It may have softwood at the core and therefore not initially feel like the strongest building in the world, but it is most definitely built to last. The biggest problems with arbours occur with damp. But this is pressure treated, so all these problems are gone for the life of the guarantee.
Blooma Chiltern wooden corner arbour: Our final thoughts
It’s a great arbour and it looks fantastic with that trellis work and those slats. So the looks are great. But the real value comes in the pressure treatment, which brings you an arbour that lasts for a long time.