Definition of summer house in English:

summer house


  • A small building in a garden, used for sitting in during fine weather.

    • ‘The 20 acres of grounds include a sun terrace, fruit garden and sunken rock garden, as well as a lakeside summer house and marina.’
    • ‘There is also a revolving summerhouse, also typical of the Edwardian age, which catches the sun's rays all day.’
    • ‘The next stage of their project is to acquire funding to build a summerhouse on a platform deck.’
    • ‘I am now going to spend the night in the summerhouse in the garden with my two young daughters.’
    • ‘At about 5.30 pm, she brought a picnic out for the girls to have in the summerhouse.’
    • ‘The four-bedroom semi-detached house, built of red sandstone in Hamilton Avenue, has the further benefit of a south facing walled garden to the back with a summer house.’
    • ‘There are three patio areas, a summer house and garden shed.’
    • ‘In the top corner of their garden is the small summer house that they have recently had built - just enough room for a table and two chairs - where, with his mobile phone, Brown works.’
    • ‘I once saw, in an 18 th-century garden in Portugal, a summerhouse entirely grown from huge old camellia bushes.’
    • ‘Our summer house is on an island - you have to have a boat to get there.’
    • ‘To make their dream garden complete, the residents of Exford Avenue in Harefield are hoping to get enough funding to buy a summerhouse and decking.’
    • ‘It is surrounded by beautiful, well-kept gardens in which we sat drinking more champagne and eating olives, and posing for photos by the flowers and in the little summer house at the far end of the long, well-mown lawn.’
    • ‘A sunny patch along their south-west facing garden wall seemed the obvious spot for a summerhouse.’
    • ‘This would lend itself to a number of possible uses including a summer house, swimming pool or gym.’
    • ‘She was seated in a summerhouse, the green trees creating a leafy bower overhead.’
    • ‘Any kind of building, from a birdbox to a full-sized summerhouse, will add character to a garden.’
    • ‘There are also a number of ancillary buildings including offices, workshops, gatehouses, a summerhouse and turbine house.’
    • ‘The couple were married in a civil ceremony conducted in the Temple of the Four Winds, a summer house in the grounds.’
    • ‘Liz looked up when she heard Harriet's light footsteps on the gravel walk, approaching the summerhouse.’
    • ‘Professional golf - as it stands now - is such that a decent journeyman pro can still enjoy a summer house in the Cape or Florida, and a very comfortable lifestyle, even if they have only ever had a win or two on tour.’
    • ‘The unauthorised timber chalet was built on farmland at Neaum Hurst Cottages in Skelwith Bridge in 2001, along with a summerhouse and shed.’
    • ‘We have a scented country garden and pond, water features, gravel gardens, arbours, pergolas, a summerhouse, many rare and unusual perennials, and 120 clematis.’
    • ‘The Shoin Building, a noble summer house constructed in Japan and reassembled on the island, allows for some interesting viewing.’
    • ‘The grounds, which have great views, also house a granny flat with timber summerhouse.’
    • ‘Over the last two weekends we have done good stuff planting plants, drastically pruning shrubs, re-felting the summer house, stacking the log pile, macro-weeding and other sundry maintenance tasks.’
    • ‘In one corner lies a sunken summer house, complete with stained glass windows, gargoyles and mermaids, while deep in the woods that fringe the gardens lurks a mangle with a skull and crossbones sticking incongruously out of the top.’
    • ‘There is a large lake in the landscaped gardens, with two islands, a dinghy and lakeside summerhouse with its own jetty alongside.’
    • ‘She has been an outdoor person all her life, even writes in a summer house in her garden because she thinks she sees things more vividly out there.’
    • ‘We sat in his summer house in the middle of his irrigated garden, beneath great jungles of climbing bougainvillaea, looking out on his flower beds full of yellow narcissi, roses and chrysanthemums.’
    • ‘It was rather soothing watching the fat flakes of snow settle on the hotel garden with its little rustic summerhouse.’
    • ‘We were supposed to have been celebrating the opening of their new garden and summer house but the weather was so bad that we had to look at it all through rain lashed windows.’
    • ‘The blaze damaged trees, fencing, a summerhouse and thousands of pounds worth of plants.’
    • ‘All in all, the new summerhouse cost under £ 200 to construct.’
    • ‘I'd like to tackle the blank canvas of the back garden, and especially I'd love to take on the wild banks, making a small woodland garden down there, complete with a hidden brook and, at the very bottom, a pool and a summer house.’
    • ‘From December 1940 they lived in Castle House, and Dylan wrote in the summerhouse perched on the old castle walls.’
    • ‘The island is situated in the middle of a 1.5-acre lake full of fish, and there is a small piece of land on the edge of the lake where a summer house could complete the idyllic picture, subject to the constraints of the local planning authority.’
    • ‘The building with which this appeal is concerned was originally a summer house in the garden of the Trust's property.’
    • ‘In front of the summer house, a gravel garden - in the tradition of those made by monks - adds to feeling of peace and tranquillity.’
    • ‘Harriet, Elizabeth and Catherine were sitting in the summerhouse.’
    • ‘Many of the school's sixth formers helped with the work on the summer house and surrounding garden.’
    gazebo, pavilion, belvedere, arbour, bower, pergola
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