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Luxury log cabins enhance your garden, bringing not only a very useful building that can be used for storage, leisure or even business purposes, but adding a touch of class that is sure to impress your neighbours and friends. Finding the right one for you and your garden, however, can seem daunting and even confusing. Don’t worry, WhatShed are here to help with this handy guide to the very best luxury log cabins that can be bought online in the UK today.
At WhatShed we review all kinds of garden buildings, in all sizes and prices, so we know what makes a high quality and luxurious log cabin. We also wanted to ensure that all the luxury log cabins featured in our league table were easy to find and purchase, which is why we’ve only considered those models sold by the UK’s ten leading online retailers of garden buildings; between them they account for more than 95% of the market, so they’re the names consumers can trust.
When compiling this league table the first thing we had to do was ask ourselves just what is a luxury log cabin? Visual appeal was certainly one thing that we looked for in our luxury log cabins, but they also had to add something extra that made them stand out from majority of the log cabins we review: this could be a shingle roof, toughened glass, or log cladding that is significantly thicker and stronger than usual. After all, a luxury log cabin is a significant investment, so it has to last. Taking all these criteria into consideration, we were happy to find fifteen high quality examples that deserved to be in our league table.
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Palmako Iris 4.2m x 3.3m Log Cabin Garden Room (44mm)
Luxury log cabins come in many sizes and forms, and we always appreciate a well built cabin that has a look all of its own. That’s certainly the case here, thanks to a split level roof that is unlike anything we’ve seen on any other log cabin we’ve reviewed. We certainly found it eye catching, but it’s a practical addition as well, as the skylights in the upper section of the roof should ensure that the interior is bathed with light on a sunny day, which is good news if you want to work or relax inside your cabin. It’s also a very spacious log cabin with a base area of 3.95 x 3.95m, which makes the price tag of a little over three thousand pounds represent more than reasonable value for money. This combination of value and stunning original looks takes this Rhodos model to the very top of our list of the best luxury log cabins, especially as it comes with a very long 15 year warranty period.
The centrally positioned double doors make moving furniture in and out a simple task, and we were pleased to note that they, and all the windows, were double glazed, thus keeping heat in and creating a quieter interior. We were also pleased to find that an internal dividing wall creates two rooms inside these luxury log cabins, adding even more versatility. With 44mm log cladding, we were also impressed by how strong and stable it feels after assembly.
Palmako Sandra 7.5m x 4.8m Log Cabin Summerhouse (44mm)
We always prize visual appeal highly, after all a large garden building such as a log cabin will become a dominating feature of your garden for years to come. This is even more so when it comes to luxury log cabins, as their visual appeal can define their luxury aspect, adding a touch of class to your property as a whole. That’s one reason why we rate this large log cabin from Elveden so highly, allowing it to take second place in our league table. The inset double entrance doors are glazed in a highly decorative Georgian style, as are the large windows on with side of it and on the side panels. We also liked the way that the apex roof above is covered in shingles, creating a building that’s likely to be striking from the moment you see it.
The other factor that makes this building stand out at first sight is its sheer scale; in fact this is the largest of all the luxury log cabins in our guide, with a width of 7.89m and a depth of 4.19m. Thanks to the use of 44mm thick interlocking logs however, it should still feel reassuringly stable, even with its very generous dimensions. We were also glad to find toughened safety glass throughout, which is especially good news if you’re likely to have children playing in proximity to it. It’s not the cheapest log cabin here, but the again it does offer a very large interior and a 10 year guarantee against rot.
Alpine Colorado 5m x 4m Log Cabin Summerhouse (34mm)
One of the features that we often find in luxury log cabins is a large and spacious interior, creating room for the owner to install furniture and electrical equipment as well as lots of space to walk around in. This Alpine Colorado cabin is again among the largest log cabins we’ve reviewed, having a width of six metres and a depth of five metres. The apex roof is at a generous height of 2.59m too, so it will likely feel very welcoming from the moment you walk in. With a log cabin of this size temperature regulation is a must, which is why we were pleased to see that all of the toughened glass windows can be opened, allowing cooling air in whenever required.
What made these luxury log cabins stand out from the moment we saw the pictures was the corner porch area extending from the wide opening double doors. It not only adds to the already excellent visual appeal of the cabin, it creates a perfect and sheltered environment in which to stand and look out at the garden, or to share a glass of wine with dinner party guests. With a 10 year warranty included as standard, and a secure key operated lock as well, this Alpine style cabin has a lot to recommend it.
Palmako Claudia 5.4m x 3.9m Log Cabin Garden Room (44mm)
With a name like Balmoral you’d expect these luxury log cabins to be fit for the Queen, and we certainly weren’t disappointed with what we found. This is a wide fronted building, with a width of 5.30m and a depth of 3.80m, and this expansive frontage caught our eye immediately thanks to its profusion of glazing. There’s lots of glass on show, thanks to the fully glazed Georgian style double doors and another four windows across the full width of the front, with four more windows on the sides. With double glazing used throughout, it creates what we feel will likely be a perfect environment to work in: with lots of natural light to work by, and distracting noises from outside should be muted.
As you can see from the measurements quoted above, this has a reverse apex style which means that it’s ideal for gardens that are wider than they are long. We also liked the false apex above the central double doors, a purely decorative flourish but one that helps these luxury log cabins stand out from their competitors. With a 15 year manufacturer’s warranty included as well, we feel this cabin also represents reasonable value for money even with a price tag of approaching four thousand pounds.
BillyOh Village Hall Luxury Log Cabins
BillyOh make a wide range of garden buildings, and we always find that they provide good value for money when the high build quality is considered. We were pleased to find that they have brought the same laudable philosophy to their luxury log cabins. Inspired by traditional village halls, this has a reverse apex and a centrally positioned dormer roof that can be made to look even more attractive with the addition of a vintage clock upon it. It’s what makes this large log cabin one of the most visually striking that we’ve reviewed, and yet it also provides superb value for money with a price of not much more than two and a half thousand pounds. It’s this winning combination that earns this cabin a place in the upper third of our league table.
What struck us about these luxury log cabins at first sight was not only how attractive they were, but how large they were. That’s not purely because of the base size of 4.45 x 4.44m but because of a ridge height of 3.35m. That’s taller than any other log cabin in this league table, and will help to create the luxurious feel, although it’s worth noting that you may need to seek planning permission. It should also be noted that flooring doesn’t come as standard, but the price we’ve quoted above includes both the upgraded 44mm log cladding and a tongue and groove floor.
Waltons Home Office Executive Plus Log Cabin
These luxury log cabins may not have the aesthetic appeal of some other cabins in this top fifteen league table, which along with the elevated price is the reason that they don’t appear even higher up the list, but they are among the strongest and most stable log cabins we’ve reviewed. That’s because they feature 70mm thick logs, which are a very significant upgrade on the 19mm loglap cladding that often see. We were also pleased to see the use of chalet connectors, as these help to deflect wind, adding further stability and reliability. If your garden is in an open and exposed area, and you’re worried about the impact of storms on your garden buildings, then this could be the perfect choice for you.
With a base area of 3.90 x 5.40m there should be lots of room inside, although one corner is used for a covered porch area that leads to a single door. Whilst we didn’t find this as attractive as the porch area on the Alpine Colorado cabin mentioned earlier, it’s still very functional, and adds to the overall visual appeal. We were also delighted to find that all the timbers had been given an initial pressure treatment, as this brings with it a 15 year guarantee without the need to add costly and time consuming preservative treatments.
Adley 5m x 3m Somerset Corner Log Cabin With Side Shed - Left Sided
One of the advantages that luxury log cabins typically bring is that they are very large and accommodating, bringing with them added versatility as well as creating an imposing new feature in the garden. What do you do, however, if you want the benefits that a large and luxurious log cabin can bring, but find your available lawn space limit? If that’s your dilemma then we feel that these Mercia corner lodge plus cabins could be the ideal solution. They have a pentagonal design which means they can fit snugly into a corner, despite their large base area of five metres by three metres.
That’s just one of the features we liked about these luxury log cabins, with others including a 10 year anti-rot guarantee, and the secure key operated lock on the double doors. What we liked most of all, however, was the inclusion of a secure storage area at the rear of the cabin. Accessible via its own lockable single door, there are no windows looking into this area, so passers by will be unable to see if anything valuable is stored inside. It’s a feature we rarely see among top class log cabins, and only the use of 28mm log cladding rather than something thicker prevents this great value log cabin from gaining a higher position.
Waltons Insulated Garden Room Luxury Log Cabins
If you work from home, as increasing numbers of people do, then luxury log cabins can make an ideal office away from the distractions of the house and in the peaceful surroundings of your garden. Natural light is essential for a garden office, however, and that’s why this garden room from Waltons could be ideal for both business and leisure. The front is dominated by top to toe glazing, and with two long windows on the sides as well, we found the interior very light and cheerful. We were also pleased to find that the importance of ventilation hadn’t been forgotten as well, as the two side windows include an opening upper section.
What makes these luxury log cabins stand out from the vast majority that we review is that they not only feature double glazing, which is something we always like to see, they are also fully insulated, and have thick 72mm double skinned walls. In effect, this means you can work or relax in your garden room log cabin in complete comfort at times of the year when it would otherwise be redundant. This does bring with it a high price tag for a four by three metre garden building, however, which is why it only sits mid table in our rankings.
Palmako Eva 3.3m x 3.3m Corner Log Cabin BBQ Hut - Barbecue Hut (44mm)
These luxury log cabins may be billed as a barbecue hut, which doesn’t sound too luxurious, but they are much more elegant than their name suggests. In fact, their unique hexagonal design places these among the most attractive garden buildings we’ve reviewed. There are a lot of visual features that caught our eye, from the rose style hexagonal window on the door, to the shingle covered roof and the chimney on top of it. If you’re looking for a log cabin that will function as a beautiful garden feature in its own right, then this could be your ideal choice.
Despite its generous base dimensions of 3.80 x 3.80m, and its thick and sturdy 44mm interlocking log cladding, this should also be much easier to assemble than most luxury log cabins that we see. That’s because the roof pavilions are supplied pre-made, giving them extra strength and making them easier to manipulate during the installation process. With insulation included as well, we found a lot that impressed us about these log cabins, and it’s sure to grab the attention and praise of your friends and relatives who see it. It’s only the absence of an extended warranty prevented them achieving a higher position within our league table.
BillyOh Windsor Luxury Log Cabins
This is the second of the luxury log cabins from BillyOh to gain a place within our league table, and once again we have to point out that it comes without a floor and with a wall thickness of only 35mm as standard. The price above reflects the addition of a premium 19mm tongue and groove floor and 44mm log cladding, both of which are available as optional extras, and which create a strong and luxurious log cabin. Even with these additions, this still represents exceptional value for money for a log cabin with a base area of 4.44 x 4.15m, which is why it finds a spot inside our top ten.
We were pleased to see a variety of options available to the customer, not only the floor and cladding we mentioned earlier, as this allows them to customise their luxury log cabins to create a bespoke building that meets their particular needs and desires. These options allow the customer to upgrade to Georgian glazing with toughened glass, add roof shingles in one of four colours, and even to add a lean to for extra storage space. This may lack the extra stylistic flourish of the earlier BillyOh log cabin, but we still feel it has a lot to offer at a very affordable price.
Palmako Claudia 5.4m x 3.9m Log Cabin Garden Room (44mm)
The first thing that caught our attention about these luxury log cabins was the apex roof, thanks to its additional dormer and its shingle covering. We found it a very stylish look, making it stand out from the majority of log cabins that we’ve reviewed. The shingle covering is also excellent at keeping rainwater out, which is something that could also be said for the tightly interlocking 44mm log cladding. For these reasons we would expect this cabin to be very durable and rot resistant, as long as annual wood preserver treatments are applied, but it’s a pity that this isn’t reflected in a long extended warranty period.
We were impressed not only by the thickness of the walls, but by the thickness of the floor also. The heavy duty tongue and groove floor is 28mm thick, which makes it much stronger than most floors that we see used on wooden garden buildings. It means that you won’t have to worry about having heavy items of furniture, or even machinery, inside these luxury log cabins. Whilst this is a large cabin, with a base area of 5.50 x 4.00m, it also comes with a relatively large price tag, but if it falls within your budget then it deserves to be on your short list.
Palmako Susanna 5.3m x 3.2m Log Cabin Garden Building (44mm)
This is again one of the larger luxury log cabins to earn a place in our WhatShed league table, with a base area of five metres by five metres. This makes it suitable for multiple uses, and it also means that it’s sure to catch the eye when positioned in your garden. On this occasion it also comes with a substantial price tag involved, and in fact this is the most expensive log cabin in our top fifteen list. We appreciate that its asking price of approaching seven thousand pounds may put it beyond the budget of many potential customers, and this accounts for its relatively low position, but it is a very attractive and durable log cabin.
These are among the most elegant luxury log cabins we’ve reviewed, and we were impressed by the high quality components used and the attention to detail of the manufacturer, from the shingle roof to the protective canopy and verandah. We also liked the customisation features that are available: for example, the roof shingles come in a traditional black as standard, but can also be brown, red, green or blue. It’s also possible to add roof and floor insulation, but although we feel that’s a highly useful addition it does add over a thousand pounds to the initial asking price.
Palmako Lea 5.4m x 3.9m Log Cabin Garden Room (44mm)
These are the second of our top fifteen luxury log cabins to feature a pent rather than apex roof, but on this occasion especially it does nothing to detract from the overall luxurious appearance. That’s because the roof is shingle covered, which we think adds a touch of style and luxury to any garden building. It’s also one of the taller pent roofs that we’ve seen, with a peak height of 2.40m, although importantly that’s below the height at which planning permission is usually required. It also has an overhanging canopy, which creates a shaded area in hot weather as well as providing extra shelter from rain.
We were impressed by the very wide and fully glazed double doors, as they should allow lots of natural light to illuminate the interior, and being double glazed they will likely help to keep the temperature up during cooler months. There are four more windows as well, making this one of the brightest luxury log cabins that we’ve reviewed. For a five metre by four metre cabin we feel this represents good value for money at less than three thousand pounds, but once again the lack of any extended warranty prevents it from gaining a higher position within our league table as it could otherwise have done.
Palmako Roger 5.1m x 5.5m Log Cabin Garage (44mm) - Double Doors
If you are looking for large, eye catching and elegant log cabins then these could be just what you need. They have a base area of 5.30 x 5.70m and a peak roof height of 3.14m, so they feel grand and spacious once inside, although of course this ridge height again means that it may be necessary to seek planning permission. The price tag of around five and a half thousand pounds may put it out of the reach of some however, and with no extended warranty provided either this accounts for it taking only the penultimate position in our league table.
We were very struck by the amount of glazing around these luxury log cabins, and having Georgian style cross hatching they make a good looking building even more attractive. We also liked the way that the interior had been divided into two distinct rooms, with the smaller auxiliary room having its own single access door in addition to the main double doors. This second room has its own set of windows as well, so whilst it won’t be suitable for use as a secure storage area it will be a good location to work in, or as a place to sit and read a newspaper.
Mira Timber Log Cabin Shed 3.88m x 2.98m, 28mm
With a base area of three metres by two metres, this is the smallest of the luxury log cabins to reach our top fifteen league table. It should be noted however that even this area should feel spacious once inside, and there’ll likely be enough room to install furniture inside and to use it as an extra dining room or simply a place to relax in. The relatively compact design, when compared to some of the large models elsewhere in this guide, also means that it’s suitable for those who want a tough and good looking log cabin but don’t have a lot of room to spare in their garden.
Compared to most of the other luxury log cabins in our list, this also has a simpler and more straight forward again. We did like its clean lines, however, and it has a very modern look that we know many people will enjoy. Light is supplied via the glazed single door and one adjacent window, but this still provides an ample illumination. The 44mm thick log cladding is also more than enough for a building of this size, as is the 18mm thick tongue and groove floor, so the log cabin should feel strong and secure when the installation has been completed.