How a Garden Retreat Will Transform Your Garden This Autumn

As summer sets for another year, you might be feeling a bit down about the impending move indoors (we’ve all had enough of our own four walls in the last few years!)

If you’re not ready to bid goodbye to your garden just yet, then we have great news! With one of our stylish outdoor pods or log cabins, you can enjoy your outside space year-round, whatever the weather.

Ready to find your new happy place? Then read on for our ‘top of the pod’ picks to transform your garden this autumn. There’s really no need to retreat inside!

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1. HypeDome Garden Pod

HypeDome Garden Pod

The incredible HypeDome Garden Pod offers 360-degree views of your garden and the sky above, making it the ideal retreat for everything from outdoor dining to stargazing.

Made from over 100 virtually-unbreakable glass-like hexagonal panels, this unique structure is the epitome of ‘indoor-outdoor living’ and is sure to make you the envy of your neighbours.

Compared to many other garden pods and summer houses, the HypeDome is highly affordable. It’s also portable, so you can take it with you if you move house. This garden retreat is undoubtedly worth the ‘Hype’!

2. Small Oval House Garden Pod

Small Oval House Garden Pod

Ornate Garden’s Small Oval House Garden Pod has comfortable bench seating for up to 8 people, so it’s the perfect place to retreat for a catch-up with friends and family.

In the centre of the pod is an adjustable table to keep your coffee cups or wine glasses close by. You could even use this as a desk if you need a place to retreat from the kids and get some work done – the panoramic views are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

With a built-in heater and LED lighting, this versatile outdoor pod is suitable for year-round use and will keep you toasty even in the depths of winter.

3. Luxury Rotating Seater Garden Pod

Luxury Rotating Seater Garden Pod

Not sure which direction you want your outdoor retreat to face? Want to alter your view of the garden, keep an eye on the kids, or follow the sun? The Luxury Rotating Seater Garden Pod has you covered (literally!)

This super-stylish garden globe can be rotated 360 degrees, so you can simply adjust the pod to face your desired direction. You’ll just need to ensure you have an area of 250cm in diameter to allow it to turn – which is no more than the footprint of most outdoor furniture sets.

Made from 6 sustainable spruce timber arcs with a stainless-steel roof, this modern pod has enough space to seat 7 guests. Or, if you prefer a more intimate gathering, it makes the perfect place for you and your bestie to take refuge together – like two peas in a pod!

4. Grande Deluxe Chic Garden Pod

Grande Deluxe Chic Garden Pod

This stunning summerhouse from Ornate Garden does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s grand, deluxe and seriously chic!

Highlights include: water-resistant suede upholstery (available in multiple colours), double-glazed windows, LED spotlights, remote-controlled mood lighting, a 2.4kw heater, and a Bluetooth sound bar. This high-tech pod is bursting with luxury features to transform your garden!

Even better, as it can accommodate up to 12 people, this is the ultimate all-weather outdoor retreat for hosting parties and gatherings. Everyone will be clamouring for an invite to your next ‘do!

5. Astreea Igloo 360 Dome with Oslo PVC Weatherproof Cover

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Astreea Igloo 360 Dome with Oslo PVC Weatherproof Cover

For a more affordable garden retreat alternative, check out the Astreea Igloo 360 Dome.

Made from an aerospace-grade aluminium frame with a PVC cover, this portable pod can be quickly erected and disassembled, so it’s ideal if you don’t want a permanent structure in your garden. We recommend taking it down in storms and extreme weather conditions to avoid damage.

With a built-in, mains-powered Philips lighting system, this pretty pod makes the ideal autumnal retreat. Just add comfy seating, cosy blankets and a hot cuppa – bliss!

6. Vermont Wooden Summerhouse by Mercia

Vermont Wooden Summerhouse by Mercia

The Vermont Wooden Summerhouse from Mercia means you can add your own log cabin to your garden this winter.

Its large bi-fold doors will provide a great view of your garden and help you feel at one with nature, all while you’re tucked up in the warm and dry.

Made from FSC responsibly-sourced timber, this cosy cabin is perfect for year-round use and will see you through the colder months. Add outdoor furniture and cosy accessories to put the finishing touches on your new garden hideaway!

7. Helios Wooden Garden Summer House by Mercia

Helios Wooden Garden Summer House by Mercia

Another fantastic garden retreat option from Mercia is the Helios Wooden Summer House.

This contemporary wooden cabin has a beautiful curved roof to add a modern feel to your garden. Made from FSC wood, if you want to personalise your escape pod, you could paint or stain the timber to your preferred design.

The double doors and side windows will allow the light to flood into your retreat. In summer, throw the doors open wide to bask in the sunshine and let in the breeze. Then, come autumn, close the doors to retain the heat and create a cosy haven!

8. Forest Garden Blakedown Double Glazed 6m x 4m Log Cabin

Forest Garden Blakedown Double Glazed 6m x 4m Log Cabin

If you’re looking for an alternative to a home extension, this Blakedown 6 x 4m Log Cabin by Forest Garden could be the answer.

The large floor plan of this log cabin gives you an incredibly spacious room that could be used for a variety of purposes. Turn your new retreat into anything from a guest room, to a gaming den, to a home office. Bring a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘going out to work’!

With double-glazed windows and doors, the Blakedown will keep you warm and protected from the elements all year round – however you decide to use it.

9. Forest Garden Xtend 4 Plus Insulated Garden Building

Forest Garden Xtend 4 Plus Insulated Garden Building

Finally, this Xtend 4 Plus Insulated Garden Building might make the perfect outdoor retreat for those that feel the cold.

Made from energy-efficient panels and double glazing on the door and windows, you’ll be able to use this modern garden lodge year-round and stay comfortable as the autumn nights draw in.

There’s space to run electrical wiring into the building, so you could connect it to your electricity supply and add a computer or TV – or perhaps just a heater if you want to detox from the modern world!

Discovered Your Dream Garden Retreat?

Now’s the perfect time to invest in an outdoor pod or log cabin, before the weather turns and we’re forced back into hibernation until spring! If you’d like to chat about our garden buildings, call us on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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