When I hear the word “pavilion” I think of a large sports arena or open-air music venue, but as it turns out, that association only makes sense in modern times. Historically, a pavilion was any structure located a short distance from a main residence that was used for pleasure or relaxation. Gazebos, pool houses, She-Sheds – technically, all of these structures can be classified as pavilions.
With much of the population now living in cities or suburban areas, pavilions have become few and far between. Even if you are lucky enough to own a house, there's probably not a lot of space on your property for a leisure building, and if there is, the home owner's association may not approve it. Maybe that's why we're so obsessed with stories like this one. Even if we know we'll never own a pavilion ourselves, it's fun to explore. You might even call it window shopping in the digital age!
That said, if you're from the U.K. and in the market for a pavilion, you'll want to take an extra close look. With just a phone call (and the right amount of money) Barretts Leisure Buildings will deliver and install a pavilion of your choosing. Whether you use it to hang out with friends and family, meditate, or simply read a book is up to you.
The Toulouse model is unlike any "cabin" we've ever seen before. Just check out that octagon tower!
But, the shape isn't the only thing that makes the Toulouse special. With its 272-square-foot floor plan, heavy-duty roof, and rain collection system, this pavilion is sturdy enough to serve as a permanent home.
The kitchen isn't large, but if you're creative, you can cook.
While the pavilion is pre-fabricated, there are many upgrades that can be added to make it your own.
Below is the floor plan of the upper and lower level. Perhaps the most brilliant thing about the design is the spiral staircase, which provides function while not taking up a ton of space.
And those 360-degree windows! They deserve a shout out too. But, what if the cabin style isn't really your thing? Don't worry, it only scratches the surface of what Barretts has to offer.
My personal favorite is the Bordeaux.
Maybe I'm just a sucker for those pink pillows paired with modern black and white paint, but there's something very classy about this tiny space. Anyone else feeling the urge to watch Breakfast at Tiffany's?
The Albi has a completely different look.
Minimalist and serene, this would be the perfect place to pray or meditate.
The Nantes wins for most adorable.
I could read in there for hours …
Last, but certainly not least, here's the Paris.
Imagine having this for a home office! The porch … that lush green field … like I said before, there's nothing wrong with dreaming!