Description from National Trust
Oak has been the first choice of craftsmen and builders for centuries. Its unrivalled reputation for strength and durability, coupled with its natural aesthetic make it the obvious choice for the Reading Room. The unfinished feather edged boarding radiates a raw beauty that increases with time as it “silvers” to a lustrous finish in the elements.
A pressure treated European redwood version of the Reading Room, with distinctive Forest Green staining, is also available (pictured below).
Generously designed to accommodate a party of adults, with double doors and casement windows, the Reading Room is both versatile and undeniably handsome. Internal details, within this rustic summerhouse, like the drop-down day bed and writing table are complemented by the book shelves and period ironmongery to create a garden retreat of rare appeal.
In addition to working in her garden room, Virginia Woolf would also use it to host tea parties and entertain friends. The Reading Room is similarly adaptable as there is plenty of space to arrange furniture and with the foldaway fitments, as standard, it is an ideal space for a variety of uses, day or night. In addition, the whole building can be lined internally, with insulation available as an option, making it the perfect summerhouse for all year round use.
The Reading Room is fitted, as standard, with a galvanised, corrugated metal roof, reminiscent of a bygone era and with an understated character and charm all of its own.
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