We recently purchased an observation National hive from Hyde Hives. This is an amazing product and with great craftsmanship. The wooden hive was so well make. Every detail carefully considered. The latches secure everything down really tightly and there’s way for the need to escape. This is a big hit at all honey shows abs school visits where both kids and adult simply crowd around to get a good look. We highly recommend this product.
They are fantastically built and made to last with a lot of thought put into the workmanship. It's stylish and sturdy with legs at a solid angle giving it a low centre of gravity. It's heavy so it is unlikely to be blown over in the wind. Having clear crown boards is not only stylish, it's also great for a quick inspection with disturbing the bees. It means that you can lift the roof in winter and check to see if any feed needs topping up without chilling the bees. Having gas struts keeps the roof open and not risk having it fall down on you. The customer service was excellent.
The attention for detail to suit a UK bee keeper are just right. I saw this style of hive in Spain 3yrs ago and have wanted to try it since. Thanks Hyde hives team.
Absolutely stunning hive. We purchased the long hive, so large enough for two colonies, one each end. The hives are made using locally sourced cedar wood which is milled on site, and lovingly built by hand; sustainability at its core. We have oak landing boards, and gas struts that make opening the roof a cinch even for the kids. The quality of the build is outstanding, I have to say I feel these long hives are worth £900+, considerably more than they are currently retailing for! Especially if you compare them to the cost of other hives. Absolutely beautifully made. Delivered by the team to your door as well. You couldn't ask for more. We have been on holiday so only adding our first colony in a couple of days' time, but can't wait to experience horizontal hive beekeeping for the first time. Massive thanks to Matt & his team for a first class experience, not something anyone should take for granted these days.
Arrived last weekend and cannot wait to transfer my bees… so beautifully made and just makes sense - perfect. Great, expert customer service so far too - thank you!
The Layens that Hyde Hives made is better than i expected. The build quality is excellent and delivery was on time and the communication with the company was brilliant. They where very helpfull and very curtieus. and great for the environment as they plant a tree for every hive that has been made . This the first time i will use a Layens and looking forward probably next season .I will hopefully purchase another hive next year . 5 star rating Thanks.
We are very pleased with our long hive. It is a beautiful piece of equipment that looks highly practical. We don’t have bees in it as yet (I hope soon), but it is still good to show new beekeepers alternative ways to keep bees. One of our association members thought he’d have to stop beekeeping due to arthritis of the elbows, but has decided to switch to a long hive instead.
The Layens hive arrived quicker than expected, great service and delivery and is very well constructed. I have managed to treat it with Danish oil (between downpours of rain) and now am looking forward to finding it some new residents. Thank you Matt, Dean and delivery driver.
Looks amazing and well built. Bees installed yesterday, can’t wait to see how they settle in!
Loving the clear pvc top boards and way less lifting! Inspections are so much less intrusive. This is my first but I am sure not my last!
Absolutely fantastic customer service and top quality product! Will definitely be buying more and will be our go-to supplier for the future! Highly recommended! We love our top bar hive, thank you so much ☺️
Top quality hive. Excellent workmanship and friendly service. Will definitely be getting another.
Extremely well made, liked the closable air vents in bottom, cant wait to get a swarm or two in it.
Dean delivered my Layens hive a couple of weeks ago and I was lucky enough to receive a swarm soon after. The Layens hive is beautifully made: strong, robust, easy to manage. Lifting the roof is a delight. I’ve decided to adopt what some call a more natural approach to beekeeping as practised by Leo Sharaskin, Phil Chandler and Gene Rene (all of whom have produced excellent YouTube videos). This Layens hive will hopefully help my bees flourish and over-winter well. It is a thing of beauty...
Beautifully made, excellent quality materials, wonderful design.....and the cedar smelled so nice I wanted to keep it in the house!
I put a 5 frame nuc into this hive the day after receiving it. They have now expanded to 10 frames in 2 weeks of cold weather (although I have fed them with fondant) - so I guess they are happy. I look forward to seeing how productive they become over the season. I love the way that I can examine brood and honey frames without disturbing the colony - and without lifting boxes on and off!