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Unique Belvoir Blue Summerhouse Steals the Show at Retail Village

A Northamptonshire timber product manufacturer has created a special Belvoir Blue summerhouse for the Duchess of Rutland who is acting as an agent for the company.

Scotts of Thrapston created the bespoke Burghley summerhouse in the historic colour, which features heavily throughout Belvoir Castle.  Duchess of Rutland

The summerhouse, along with two other models, are on display at The Engine Yard retail village in Leicestershire.

Scotts of Thrapston is celebrating its centenary this year and is delighted to have a presence in such an historic location. Restored from Victorian buildings, the Engine Yard provides a distinctive selection of shops.

The three summerhouse models on display are a 3.9m Sun Ray Garden Room, a 2.2m Newhaven Corner Summerhouse and the 2.4m Burghley.

The Duchess of Rutland first approached Scotts during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The company has exhibited at the world-famous horticultural event since the 1960s.

Scotts recently filmed the Duchess talking about the summerhouses and what they bring to the Engine Yard retail experience.  She said: “The thing I love is how beautifully the Scotts summerhouses fit into this location. Everything at The Engine Yard is about outdoor space and there is nothing else on the market that touches the quality, design and style of these amazing buildings.

“Having these summerhouses on display in this natural setting, with various colour and interior options, helps visitors visualise how they may look in their own gardens.

“We worked very closely with Scotts to create the Belvoir Blue for the Burghley summerhouse and it really is a showstopper. The family has been here since 1066 and the family flag features this extraordinary blue. It is part of our signage and branding – blue is our colour!”

Scotts of Thrapston managing director James Scott said: “When the Duchess of Rutland approached us, there was only one answer we could give. It is an absolute privilege to be chosen to be part of the Engine Yard and the amazing heritage that comes with it.”

Scotts of Thrapston is now a prominent part of the community hub where locals and tourists can shop, seven days a week, for quality plants, clothing, accessories, gifts, and food, focusing on the best of British produce.

Originally constructed in 1850, the Engine Yard is a series of buildings originally used as workshops by the specialist tradesmen who were brought in to produce furniture, windows, and doors during the construction of the present castle.

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