“Very helpful from sales staff to delivery. I did read through the terms and conditions which stated that all quires after delivery are to be done through the customer services department via email. Customer services are very helpful as well and very knowledgeable of the products. After ready all these previous reviews I really don't understand why no one hasn't left a good review... Maybe because people expectations are too high and they need to be a little bit more realistic. I would recommend Dunster House to my friends and family as I've turned dead space in my garden into a lovely area where I can go and relax and have family and friends over to enjoy the garden. Before looking at these reviews, talk to someone at Dunster House and ask lots of questions. If you do the research you will see they've been in business for 24 years! Now if they are con artist they would of been gone a while ago. Take previous reviews with a pinch of salt.”
“We purchased a summerhouse in 2017. Dunster are happy to take your money (we paid over £10,000) but when it comes to help/assistance or customer politeness don’t expect any. Our building arrived late, doors and windows arrived separately to the building....late. Some of the panels were broken and customer services were less than helpful, infact insulting on occasion.
Having sworn never to use this ‘cowboy’ company again we decided to forget all the troubles caused and enjoy our building. Less than a year after delivery faults started to occur. When I’ve contacted customer services to report a faulting locking mechanism on the upvc door I was told the base would probably be uneven and to check this!! When I insisted the concrete base we had fitted was more than level they’ve then said the runners could be out of line. Lastly when I enquired if they were coming to rectify the situation they provided me with the guarantees for the building and stated it wasn’t there responsibility!
I have never encounted such disgraceful customer service with deliberate attempts to avoid solving manufacturing problems. These people are charming, polite and pushy when taking your order and money but are rude and unhelpful if anything goes wrong. Avoid at all costs as your experience with them will leave a very bitter taste!!”
“Spent thousands on a log cabin.
Was promised free double glazing on their website when you enter a code at check-out.
Cabin arrived with single glazing. We complained, and they say "You checked the single glazing option". Which we didn't. Absolutely did not. But EVEN IF WE DID, why would we then type the FREE DOUBLE GLAZING code?!
Was told they would take a deposit, which was about 1/3 of the total cost, BEFORE they delivered the cabin, and take the rest of the money AFTER.
They took ALL OF THE MONEY AT ONCE.
Thank God we had enough in the account without it going into the overdraft.
The "customer service" (You can't honestly call it that.) is AWFUL.
Rude and dismissive by email. Unhelpful on the phone.
As everyone else on here has said,
************ DO NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY.****************
My parents are pensioners, looking for a stressfree log cabin and they've been completely ripped off here, set back in time and hasseled with the task of trying to sort this out.”
“They are an awful company to deal with. We ordered a cabin and at first they were very friendly, but then started to pressure us for a date to come and install.
On the date of installation we were advised that there was a problem with one of the beams and that the roof wasn’t fitted quite as it should be. Since then we have then had problems with expansion of the timbers causing large gaps to appear.
We have had senior installers back twice to try and rectify the problem, we even had the area lead come to site as the installers were not content with how the cabin had been put together in the first place. They were told by head office to "make it fit" (words used by the installer) which has resulted in them using matchsticks as spacers to try and boost the height of the logs to close the gap! These have subsequently fallen out as the tiimber expands.
The company response is that they have carried out the work to their standard and that they can do nothing about the expansion of the wood. Customer service will not take phone calls and only deal in email correspondence.
I would not recommend this company to anyone.I only wish we had looked at some of the other reviews before we made the purchase.”
“Please do not buy from this company. Having spent thousands on a new log cabin, the company tried to get out of some of the original install, blaming it on the fences being too close. They then took a call to demand that they had to go to another job to help another team out on the Friday afternoon, so left my job in a rush.
Within a month, the timbers started to move and twist considerably. I raised this with them straightaway and was fobbed off by them using excuses that it was down to me and probably caused by storm braces. They advised to loosen them, which I did. This made no difference and the symptoms persisted and got worse. Again I went back to them and was fobbed off more and more, being asked for photos and told that it must be down to shelving that had been fitted internally. Again, this I removed. The symptoms persisted and got worse.
On going back to them again over the following months , they then tried to blame it on the fact that they could see blinds in the windows and that they must be the cause. These were not blinds but opaque window film that I had fitted to the internal of the glass.
A year on, I finally got them to agree to actually send someone out to have a look because the timbers had moved so much that you could see daylight through and the windows were out of level and plumb. The corner log laps were miles out of true also.
They sent out a very helpful two man team who found that the original installers had not fitted the SMB brackets to the windows and doors, allowing excessive movement of them and the log around them. I was informed by them that their entire week is spent going round putting right the wrongs of installs. The difficultly after a year was trying to pull all of those timbers back into line. Not possible! The team did the best that they could but the end result is still sub standard and appalling to look at for a brand new, expensive cabin.
Having contacted the office again, I have been completely dismissed and told that it is a natural product and movement should be expected. This I agree with to some degree but I have friends who have purchased very similar cabins from their competitors and they have not suffered any of these problems.
I am at the point where I cannot even stand to look at the front of the cabin because of how bad it looks and am now looking to take legal action to resolve this.
Their customer service is appalling and their product is completely inferior.
DO NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY.”
“reference to order number SO128937
very disappointed in Dunster house customer service, just wanted to speak to someone about bowed timber on my building that you installed:
I reported an issue with bowed timbers and a set of photos showing the problem. here is an extract from my email to customer services: Now what I would like to happen is for someone to contact me and discuss the problem we are facing and give me some helpful advice regarding this matter, we went with your company because the you tube videos suggested that you were as professional company who are passionate about constructing quality products using high standards of materials.
But at the moment, although I am very happy with my space, I’m thinking you are failing to deliver the standard of customer service that I hoped for.
I look forward to hearing from someone on the telephone this week, I work from home (in the office that has the problem)
extract from Arlene's reply: Thank you for your email and photos. Here in Customer Services we are dedicated to dealing with queries quickly and efficiently. As a Company that sells a wide range of technically complex products, we have found that dealing in writing allows us to fully comprehend a query and gives us the ability to consult other departments in order to give you the correct response. This is detailed in our terms of contract and in all of our literature, we are therefore unable to contact you via telephone.
there was no follow up or suggestion in writing in the post or email about how to rectify the issue, nor did anyone from the company spare me even 5 - 10 mins on the phone to find out what the issue was despite me sending in very clear photo of how i had to brace the bowed cabin using some timber wedged against a fence.”
“Ordered a log cabin, very hard sell initially and on arrival the cabin logs are dented, split or have chunks missing.
Dunster house don't want to know, their customer service is via email only and even then they don't reply!
A PREMIUM product is what they advertise and with a hefty price tag to go with it, what's actually arrived is a sub standard damaged cabin that cost way more than it's worth!
Avoid at all costs terrible terrible company to deal with, once they have your money they don't want to. Know!”
“When we deliver the product we will deliver to the kerbside. Please ensure that there is someone at the delivery address all day on the day you are due to receive your product, who is capable of unloading the Company delivery vehicle and with the authority to accept the goods. As we multi-drop through England and Wales we are unable to give a time of delivery.”
“Absolutely terrible! Paid nearly £700 for a climbing frame with monkey bars, Wood is very poor an split. Can’t tighten up any more than it is an rocks like mad very poor quality an pretty dangerous to play on! Avoid at all costs! Should of just chucked my money down the drain. Might just take it down an use for fire wood!”
“Just some feedback for you guys out there in regards to the nameplate that has arrived here ahead of the log cabin I have ordered. I am bitterly disappointed that this is nothing more than a bit of cheap looking plastic and I am sorry to say, it will not be used on a £2,500+ log cabin.
I know there was no indication of what this product looked like, but I simply ask you, Dunster House, do you feel this is exactly what you should be supplying? Personally I would have liked to see a few options...with this one not being one of them. A quick browse through any website, Amazon included, will throw up many beautiful options ranging from under £10.00 to around £30.00
This is simply cheap, cheap looking and far removed from the quality your log cabins supposedly embody. I now await, with some degree of trepidation, to the log cabin arrival. I can only hope, and pray, that this "sign" is not a "sign" of a substandard product being delivered later today....and after reading some of the reviews on here....I am seriously a bit more than worried.”
“Bought a Avon log cabin. Paid extra for insulation but nothing fitted tried calling customer service for help several times and emailed them but nobody was willing to help and was told to go on YouTube and look but nothing there, every time I asked to speak to the manager or sales person that sold it they say they are off. Disgusting customer service. I will never buy again nor would I recommend. Also some timbers were like bananas which made the build difficult. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY.”
“I spent a whopping £360 for my two bunnies housing. Fast forward 18months and the product is falling apart. The main feature the door has cracked and this company do not want to know, extremely unhelpful aftercare service.
£360 down the drain and two animals without adequate housing now. Terrible company terrible service just want the money and sod everything else.”
“I worked for this company for a number of years and they really don't care about their customers or their employees. If you have problems with your purchase, they would rather you take them through the small claims court instead of sorting out the problem internally and amicably. The directors are the rudest, most awful people I've ever met and I eventually left the company because of that reason. I enjoyed the work i was doing but it got to the point where i was unable to tolerate their abuse. Apart from their climbing frames, nothing is tested for strength. When the product fails, it is then left for the customer to sue them.”
“We spent over 20k on a garden office and installation. They were very helpful up until the point that we transferred the money for our garden office; following that date their customer service has been perhaps the worst I have experienced. We paid 4k for installation, the team they sent were unskilled, unfriendly and completely disinterested in their work, they appeared stressed and could not wait to get off site each day. The attention to detail by the fitters was very poor and we felt pressured and trapped to sign off the building which we were still unhappy with by the supervisor and the company who effectively said we would incur charges if we wanted the team to stay on site to put things right. To top it off, one of the windows was delivered cracked, we assumed this would off course be replaced asap. We thought wrong, they claimed on this brand new office that the warranty only covers condensation of the windows. We genuinely couldn't believe this conversation; their customer service offered no help and eventually we had to buy a new pane of glass from a different company on a brand new 20k office and get a friend to install. The solar lights we paid for as optional extras did not work from day one, again when we emailed customer services to ask for them to be replaced or repaired they did not respond, after 2 years the roof started leaking due to the way that the team had installed the timber roof edging, actually nailing through the felt! Without fail the customer service team offered no help other than a quick email to say effectively 'not our problem'. What they promote on their site as a premium product is pretty average for the price, the installation by their team is very poor and the service and after sales is utterly terrible. This is a company in it for the money only, I just hope that this review helps someone else not make the same mistake as we did, avoid like the plague!!”
“I received my two Dunster House products & paid for the extra two-man delivery. I was told this was the best option as that way they would place the items exactly where we needed them (whether that be outdoors or in a garage). However this was not the case, although most of my items could be left outdoors (as I upgraded to the pressure treated option) some things were going to be weather sensitive such as glass, insulation etc. I asked these to be placed inside our large garage. I requested this at the start of the delivery & spotted the guy placing some in the garden he refused to remove it & said "it’s too heavy to carry & move again" & very lazily opted not to help (therefore how did they expect me to move it on my own?). I had a battle with them asking & was upset & had to walk away. I advised as they arrived that rainy weather was due that day hence the reason for some items going in the garage. The younger guy was more helpful & did place the glass in the garage but the older guy refused to budge on the insulation. They placed some left over plastic ripped packaging draped on it & once again I flagged my concerns about it not being water proof & it needed to be indoors but they left & it rained almost immediately. The insulation got soaked in parts (which can create long term issues). I even tried to move it myself as soon as they left but it was too heavy for a single person. I contacted the sales advisor who sold me the cabin & got ignored completely. I emailed customer service & received a number of rude contradictory responses saying they can't place in garages etc. When this is what I was advised by an in store manager & by a sales advisor over the phone both from the Liverpool office. Someone said I just should have moved it myself as they left but how could I & especially on my own. Plus this is what I paid the extra delivery fee for, if I hadn't I would of course I would have arranged something. I wouldn't spend over 3.5K on a cabin & not be prepared. Again this is why I paid the extra fees for their assistance as recommended by the advisor. I was told that it was my own entire fault. I had someone hang up the telephone, promise to call back & they never did & also told via email that “Please be advised that in the event that you make any libellous or slanderous comments about our Company, products or services then we will pass the case on to our Legal Department and seek third party advice if required”.
All I asked for was that the damaged parts caused by the deliverymen & their lack of care to be replaced, as I don't want any long-term issues with my cabin. I haven't put the cabin up yet as I can't until the matter is resolved. I have never in my life been spoken to so rudely & mistreated by a company. They have refused to replace the few items, are not fully answering my queries or returning my calls & all the staff seem to contradict one another on their policy about placing items in garages. I have been sold a very different service to what I received & received goods not fit for purpose. I have been so upset & treated horribly when all I want is to build my cabin & have the few damaged parts replaced & should be able to speak out & leave an honest review. I was so excited when it arrived & even promoted the company on social media positive way, as from the photos on the site the cabin in principle looks great but since then I have been well & truly let down by Dunster House & I've been left feeling completely distressed. I have since read a number of alarming reviews abut the aftercare from Dunster House about many people having similar experiences. There is no way to leave a honest review rating on the Facebook platform & any comments that I've made trying to reach out for someone to bring a resolution to the table are deleted & they then have actually blocked me from their page, (I actually copied & pasted this exact review which is has been an honest one & a very upsetting one to write). I'm grateful for this site not allowing companies to delete genuine reviews.”