Layens Hive


Devised by French beekeeper George de Layens in the 19th century, this hive is becoming more and more popular with thousands now in use in the USA and over 1 million in Spain alone.

Layens advocated sustainable beekeeping that rested on two principles;

  1. Use local, indigenous bees.
  2. Keep them inside appropriate hives that require minimal management and mimic the cavity size of a hollow tree.

With big hives, big frames, and plenty of room for the queen to lay uninterrupted, you should be able to minimize natural swarming, produce enough honey that the hive-site will allow, and build up a strong colony ready for the winter.

Our hives are made from UK-grown cedar from sustainable sources. The hive includes 20 frames (440x340mm wide) conventionally spaced but top bars butted together at the top of the hive for added insulation.

Please note that this is a Hyde Hives style Layens hive that we feel is more suited to UK beekeepers, with varroa mesh floors and pull-out inspection trays, we have also added a second entrance for it to be potentially used for colonies.


  • The hive is fully assembled
  • 20 x assembled Layens frames
  • 2 x Entrance reducer's (1 per colony)
  • 1 x Partition board


Measurements: (approx) 800mm x 400mm and 480mm deep


Key features:

Gas struts to keep the roof open

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Caroline Crolla
My first Layens Hive

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...

Vicki Garratt
Beautiful Layens hive!

A beautiful piece of craftsmanship 😃 I'm v pleased with quality of the carpentry and also the design with apex roof, divider board and neat firm hive stand. Great service from Matt and Dean in the buying process and on delivery 😃 thanks so much!

Barbara Jones
Natural beekeeping

Thought I would give this hive ago after reading 'beekeeping with a smile' by Dr Leo Sharashkin. I absolutely love it and more importantly so do the bees.

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