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A Bridgerton garden at home with regency-inspired garden buildings

Part one of the third season of Bridgerton was released on the 16th May, which has got us lusting after stunning stately homes with their rambling green lawns and rich history. With Bridgerton being a global phenomenon and one of Netflix’s most valuable franchises, it comes as no surprise that it was previously responsible for the rise in search terms for things like corsets, afternoon tea sets and wisteria plants. It seems that people all over the globe are keen to incorporate some regency whimsy into both their indoor and outdoor aesthetic, which is something that our beautiful National Trust Sheds and Summerhouses are perfect for. 

The front of Blickling Hall

The National Trust x Crane Garden Building Collection

The National Trust x Crane Garden Buildings collaboration was a chance for us to honour the history of many different East Anglian country estates and contribute towards keeping these remarkable buildings thriving. A small collection of wooden sheds and summerhouses inspired by historic outbuildings, this collaboration combines the beauty of a bygone era with the very best in modern techniques and craftsmanship. 

Comprising four sheds and four summerhouses, the range boasts its very own exclusive palette of six National Trust paint colours, which are Disraeli Green, Dome Ochre, Terrace Green, Earls Grey, Painters Grey and Wades Lantern. 

Each shed and summerhouse takes its name from a National Trust property or site local to our Norfolk HQ. These stunning halls, houses and country piles are incredibly evocative of the charming Bridgerton settings and have undoubtedly seen their share of romance, gossip and scandal. Below, we explore each shed and summerhouse in turn, taking a look at the buildings that inspired them along with their noteworthy inhabitants or local lore.    

National Trust Garden Sheds

The sheds in our National Trust collection feature rough-sawn, vertical cladding, toughened glass windows, cast-iron door furniture and corrugated roofs.  

The Blickling 

A collage of images, one is a front view of Blickling Hall, an image of our Blickling Shed in a customers garden, and a picture of the stunning Blickling garden

A Jacobean stately home in north Norfolk, Blickling Hall is best known as the birthplace of Anne Boleyn and for having one of the most historically significant collections of books and manuscripts in its library. With over 55 acres of gardens, the grounds of the hall are home to formal and informal exterior spaces including a Wilderness area with a summerhouse hidden deep in a Secret Garden. 

Our Blicking Shed is a handmade garden shed with an open log store space, crafted using FSC© certified Scandinavian redwood. Rustic and quaint, it will elevate your great outdoors and provide you with a covered space to dry your wood for the winter. 

Find out more about our Blickling Shed.

The Oxburgh

Three images. Image 1 is a Crane Garden Buildings Oxburgh Shed in a customers garden. Image 2. A drone shot of Oxburgh Hall and the surrounding grounds. Image 3 inside the walled garden with perfectly pruned topiary bushes and ivy climbing the walls

A moated manor with glorious gardens, Norfolk’s Oxburgh Estate could easily be the home of an esteemed Bridgerton set. Home to the Bedingfield family since 1482, this impressive brick building also shares a curious Henry VIII connection - the third-generation Bedingfield heir, Sir Edmund Bedingfield, was entrusted with the care of Catherine of Aragon during her house arrest at Kimbolton Castle. Enduring tumultuous times throughout its 500-year history, Oxburgh was once let out by the Bedingfield family, inhabited by various high-profile individuals including a ‘fashionable hatter from Bond Street’. 

Our Oxburgh Shed was designed based on an old, dilapidated outbuilding found in the grounds of the hall and features the same corrugated roofing, toughened glass and cast-iron door furniture as the rest of the collection. 

Our National Trust Collection video was filmed in the grounds of Oxburgh - you can watch it here

Find out more about our Oxburgh Shed.

The Peckover

Three image collage. Image 1 the front of Peckover House with stunning Wisteria hanging from the facade. Image 2 Crane Garden Buildings Peckover Shed in a customers garden. Image 3 A view of Peckover House garden with an array of purple flowers.

Much like the iconic wisteria-covered facade of the Bridgerton family’s residence which was filmed at Ranger’s House in Greenwich Park, Peckover House and Gardens in Wisbech has a very similar appeal. This classic Georgian townhouse was inhabited by the Peckover family for over 150 years. Staunch Quakers, the family led a very simple lifestyle (despite running their own bank) which is reflected in the simplistic and charming style of our Peckover Garden Shed. 

A true potting shed with endless charisma, the Peckover blends beautifully in any garden space. 

Find out more about our Peckover Shed.  

The Felbrigg

Three image collage. Image 1 Crane Garden Buildings Felbrigg Shed. Image 2 Felbrigg Hall garden. Image 3 The front of Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Hall is a 17th-century country house that combines opulence with cosiness. An imposing, sprawling estate of over 520 acres contains a magical mix of woodlands, walled gardens and a scenic lake while the interior is home to many eclectic treasures from bygone eras.  

The Felbrigg Shed is an attractive timber garden shed that offers a traditional aesthetic. Whether your home is a storybook cottage or a modern new build, the charm of this garden building is truly universal. 

Find out more about our Felbrigg Shed.  

National Trust Summerhouses 

As with the garden shed range, each summerhouse is handcrafted from FSC© certified Scandinavian redwood and features rough-sawn, vertical cladding for added texture and charm. 

The Flatford 

Three image collage. Image 1 Crane Garden Buildings Flatford Summerhouse in a customers garden. Image 2 Lavenham garden with flowering plants and woven willow fencing. Image 3 Lavenham Mill rand it's reflection in the pond.

You’d be hard-pushed to find a more storybook setting than Flatford, which sits in the heart of Constable Country and is home to many unique buildings including Flatford Mill, which are depicted in several of Constable’s paintings. Inspired by quaint vistas and chocolate-box-style houses, our Flatford Summerhouse is the perfect retreat for those long summer days. 

Find out more about our Flatford Summerhouse

The Ickworth

Three image collage. Image 1 drone image of Ickworth House. Image 2 Crane Garden Buildings Ickworth Summerhouse. Image 3 A garden path at Ickworth House lined with perfectly pruned topiary bushes.

An Italianate palace befitting a Bridgerton-level idyll, Ickworth Estate is a spellbinding setting. It’s not hard to imagine members of the ton wandering the perfectly manicured lawns or taking tea beneath parasols on the terrace, enjoying the aromas of lemon trees and vivid agapanthus. 

Inspired by the grand facade of the west wing, our Ickworth summerhouse features a classical apex roof, double doors and a small overhang to provide shelter and shade. A wonderful spot for reading your own volumes of the Julia Quinn series. 

Find out more about our Ickworth Summerhouse.

The Orford

Three image collage. Image 1 Orfordness Beacon. Image 2 Crane Garden Buildings Orford Corner Summerhouse. Image 3 natural coastline in Orford Ness

In a departure from the manicured gardens and grand buildings akin to the Bridgerton theme, our Orford Summerhouse is inspired by the wild, rambling vistas of Orford Ness Nature Reserve. Certainly no less romantic, this coastal shingle spit has an equally interesting and important history, serving as an important military testing site. 

Today, the reserve is known for its dramatic, wild scenery and a breeding colony of grey seals. Inspired by the intriguing buildings in this remote area of Suffolk’s Heritage Coast, our Orford Summerhouse is perfect for fitting into corner spaces. 

Find out more about our Orford Corner Summerhouse.

The Lavenham

Three image collage. Image 1 Crane Garden Buildings Lavenham Summerhouse. Image 2 Lavenham garden with archway. Image 3 The front of Lavenham Guildhall in Suffolk

A remarkable remnant of medieval England, the Lavenham Guildhall in Suffolk is a breathtaking and well-preserved example of a timber-framed building that predates the Bridgerton era. Lavenham Village itself is a truly spellbinding setting and was used as a filming location for the fictional Godric’s Hollow in Harry Potter.  

The Lavenham Summerhouse, complete with its leaded windows and charming pitched roof is the perfect retreat for the bottom of your garden. 

Find out more about our Lavenham Summerhouse.