The Hartwood FSC Hathaway Half Arbour is a truly stunning arbour that just stands head and shoulders above its competition. This is a very high quality and well made arbour that is designed to not only give you a fun place to sit during a summer’s day, but also be something of a major feature in your garden. It has a very attention grabbing appearance with its high roof, lattice sides and it even has a very smart looking flooring that is made with tongue and groove boarding which is very rare for an arbour to have. The seating area is a very good size and you will easily be able to fit a few friends in here with you. For families it is the perfect place to sit and have some fun together.
As well as being a charming and beautiful arbour it is also one of the strongest and most impressively made arbours that you will ever see. Made with a combination of lattice sides and high quality tongue and groove boarding this is an arbour that is very strong. The frame keeping it all solid is very impressive and you will find that even 20 years from now this arbour will be just as strong as the day it was installed.
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials9/10
Ease of Installation8/10
Value for Money8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Arbour Type And Roof Size
The Hartwood FSC Hathaway Half Arbour is the ideal way to give you garden that little bit extra style and also offer you a nice place to kick back and relax during a pleasant day or to take in a warm summers evening. We are sure that many of you are going to love this from the very first glance and we must admit that it is hard not to be seduced by its smooth and sleek design. This is a very decent sized arbour, with the depth being 4 feet 2 inches and the width 9 feet 3 inches. Three adults could fit in here and have plenty of room or if you do not mind things a little cosy then we feel you could actually get five people sitting in here. At 9 feet 7 inches high this is quite the impressive sight and it will certainly be noticeably from anywhere in your garden. It also gives you plenty of headroom and shade from the sun.
There is an apex style roof on this arbour and we just love it. We actually would go as far to say that this is one of the best looking arbours we have seen and a huge reason or this is the design of the roof. It is made with high quality tongue and groove boarding so it is strong and also watertight. Not too many arbours use this kind of boarding for their roof so we are very impressed that they have used it here.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
This is a truly gorgeous arbour and a huge part of that is the cladding. The bottom and the front part of the roof have this lovely tongue and groove shiplap cladding on them that looks like a million bucks. We really can’t overstate how great this makes the arbour look. As well as this though they also have some very nice lattice sides and back to the arbour which we love as well.
This is one of the more secure arbours that we have seen and a huge part of that is because of the frame. If you look closely, you can see that there is a thick and strong frame, keeping this arbour together. We are very impressed with this framing and are certain that it is going to keep this arbour strong and sturdy for many years.
Usually we do not have to talk about the floor in an arbour as they are designed to be placed on the existing floor or even grass, but this is no ordinary arbour. This one actually comes with a high quality and good looking floor. This is no cheap floor either, they have used thick and strong, tongue and groove boarding for the floor and while it may be one of the reasons this is one of the more pricey arbours, it certainly helps this one stand out from the rest and it also looks fantastic.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
This is such a lovely arbour that it would be a crime for anything to happen to that gorgeous timber they have used. We highly recommend that you coat the arbour in wood treatment shortly after you have installed it. As long as you apply a new coating once a year, you will not have to worry about rot showing up at any point.
The Hartwood FSC Hathaway Half Arbour comes with a 15 year anti rot guarantee that will cover you in the rare occurrence that there is some kind of issue with rot.
What good is an arbour if there is not an awesome and relaxing place where you can enjoy a glass of wine with a good book or while thumbing through someone’s pictures on Facebook? No good is the answer to that question. Thankfully the seating area in this arbour is just as good as the rest of it. Each seat is thick and supported with strong legs so it is not going to feel cheap when you sit in here. They have used that same kind of tongue and groove boarding or the seating area and we really like that. As we said before, you could easily fit up yourself and a few friends on here.
The fact that this arbour does actually come with a floor does make it one of the more stable and secure arbours that we have seen. It is made with heavy and thick timber so it is certainly going to be a permanent fixture in your garden and with it being so heavy, you do not have to worry about coming out to have your morning coffee only to find the wind has blown the arbour half way down the A1. This is so strong and solid that actually we do not even think the wind will budge it all.
Customisation Options And Extras
The lattice sides will allow you to place hanging plants on them which would look very nice. If taking care of plants is not really your thing then have a think about adding some kind of artificial plants. You could also give it a bit of life by treating the timber with a coloured wood treatment.
They are not offering any extras with this arbour which is something we are glad for, just be sure to have a couple of comfy cushions and plenty of wine and then you will be living the dream when you are sitting out here.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This is one of the most high quality arbours that is on the market right now. We really cannot think of anything else that they could have done to make this better.
Longevity of Materials9/10
As long as you do actually treat the timber on a regular basis, you will never get any issues with rot and the materials in general are so high quality that this is going to last you 20 plus years easily.
We are very happy with the size of this arbour and feel that it offers just the perfect amount of space.
Ease of Installation8/10
This is the kind of thing that you want to make sure you build right so be sure to have a friend who know what end of a hammer you are supposed to hit things with and you will be fine. 6-8 hours is a good time to get this installed in, just be sure that you do not rush.
Value for Money8/10
We know that this may seem like a high price for an arbour of this size, but we are so impressed with the materials that they have used that we cannot see how they could possibly have offered it for any cheaper.
Final Thoughts: The Hartwood FSC Hathaway Half Arbour really is an outstanding arbour that is sure to turn many heads. The design of this is just incredible and we are sure that this is something everyone is going to love the look of. This is a an arbour that is absolutely top of the line in every regard and we really could not be any more impressed with it. But of course to go with this it does have a price tag that reflects this. The cost is very high, we understand that, but as far as arbours go this really is one of the best that money can buy and if you want the best then you have to pay that extra bit of money to get it. Even with the price tag, we do not see anyone who purchases this feeling disappointed.