Mel and Simon
Mel and Simon
Hi! We are Simon and Mel and we’ve been involved with BBQ Lodges for many years but only recently took ownership of the business. This amazing venture was started by our neighbours Sue & Graham Tout in 2007 after a trip to Lapland inspired them to bring a touch of Scandinavian Magic to the South West region of the UK. As avid skiers and regular travellers to colder climes ourselves, we have always been in love with these beautiful and versatile spaces and Simon has been part of BBQ Lodges team of expert fitters for several years. When Sue and Graham decided to retire and offered us the chance to take guardianship of the company, we couldn’t resist and so here we are as the proud new owners.
We’ve been living in Somerset since 2002 and our 50 years of combined experience in Sales & Marketing (Mel) and bespoke Carpentry (Simon) made taking over the business a natural progression for us. The craftsmanship, quality and design of the BBQ Lodges range of cabins is second to none. Manufactured here in the UK, they are designed upon the traditional Finnish Reindeer Herders “Kota” and are extremely well suited to the variable British weather. Dating back centuries, shelters and lodges were used by the reindeer herders in Scandinavia as they moved across the tundra and are still used today as emergency shelters and also serve as commercial tourist attractions in ski resorts and in Lapland.
We are a small team here at Barbecue Lodges and if you meet us at one of the many shows we exhibit at in the West Country or give us a call, you will speak to either Mel or Simon. We have a wide knowledge of the way the lodges are built and how they work. We can answer questions about any stage in the process, from how to build the best base for your lodge to how to hang curtains inside.
Our aim is to offer a professional but personal and friendly service. We also offer bespoke packages from cushions, to lighting, to exterior colours. Mel is on hand in the office or at a show, Simon is usually found in the workshop or on site fitting a Lodge.
Come and see what makes our Lodges so magical by visiting us at a County Show or at our show site.
We have all four sizes (plus a Reindeer Lodge with an extension) fully installed and available to view in a garden setting at Wood Farm. We put the kettle on, offer some home-made cake and light the fire.