Woodland Shelter, Dumfries House, Scotland

Woodland Shelter, Dumfries House, Scotland

About Project

This oak framed building sits in the heart of the restored arboretum at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.

The Prince’s Foundation

Designed during the 2013 Prince’s Foundation Summer School, this ten-sided structure was build by the building craft apprentices, under the guidance of Jonny Briggs and other craft tutors.

Traditional Craftsmanship

A green oak framed lantern sits on a tower of rendered clay blocks and hand carved sandstone pieces. Individually cut cedar shingles fan out from the centre of the roof, providing a fitting covering for a structure that sits in the heart of an arboretum.

The pews inside the Woodland Shelter are made from seasoned Duchy oak. The geometric flooring is made from reclaimed stone and bricks from the Estate.

Dumfries House

Dumfries House was famously saved by Prince Charles in 2007, and has since become a hub for learning. Jonny has worked on a number of landscape structures on the estate, including the Peach House and three bridges. He also built the Farm Education Centre where school children come to learn about farming.


Dumfries House Estate have appointed Jonny Briggs Oak Frames to design and construct a variety of projects on the estate. One of the most important factors for us is that the chosen contractor understands the brief of what is required, something that Jonny fully understands. From design to completion, the attention to detail and high level of craftsmanship is second to none.

Gordon Neil, Estate Manager, Dumfries House

March 23, 2018
Garden Buildings