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Hyde Hives

Long Hive

Regular price £580.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £580.00 GBP
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Introducing our 40-framed long hive, specially designed to accommodate two separate colonies! Crafted from top-quality English cedar that we grow in Cirencester, this hive is available in three different frame sizes to suit your preferences.

Our long hive is available in the National, 14x12, and Langstroth frame sizes, with the National being the most popular choice among beekeepers. If you're accustomed to working with National hives, you'll find the transition to our long National hive to be seamless. The hive features an extended brood body and standard frames, allowing for easy access to all parts of the hive.

At our workshop, we carefully mill and season the cedar to ensure that it's of the highest quality. You can be confident that your bees will thrive in our long hive, which is not only sturdy and durable, but also beautiful to look at. Order your hive today and give your bees a happy, healthy home!


  • The hive is fully assembled

  • 2 x Perspex crown boards and 2 x ply

  • 2 x Entrance reducers (1 per colony)

  • 1 x Divider Board


The dimensions of our hive are as follows:

Width: 600mm (with a base width of 645mm) Length: 1800mm Height: 1000mm (measured from the top of the brood box)

Please be advised that we no longer provide queen excluders or dummy boards with our hives. Through extensive research and customer feedback, we have found that these accessories are not necessary for long hives. In this type of hive, the colony will naturally separate honey stores from the brood without any assistance. Unlike in standard stacked hives, the queen does not move up the hive in search of warmth.

Please note that frames and foundation are not included with the hive, but they can be purchased pre-assembled from our friends over at hobee they are of great quality and work perfectly with our hives.

Customer Reviews

Based on 62 reviews
Dick Mayon-White
Bees wintered well

The two colonies in my long hive were installed last September and have thrived over the winter, far better than in the National hives that I have used for last 60 years. I changed because I wanted to have less lifting as I get older. The hive was comfortable to use from the onset and the two colonies settled in quickly. One colony was small, covering only 7 brood frames going into winter. It managed well through the winter and I gave it a litre of fondant in February. Both colonies are flourishing in early April - lovely clean brood frames, no chalk brood, no wax moth. I did not put on any insulation, and I was very pleased that there was no condensation. Quick checks in winter were easy - just lift the lid to see all is well.
I am looking forward to extracting honey from the National brood -size frames next month. Two challenges lie ahead. 1. Moving the long hive to a new site. I shall put the colonies to the old square National brood boxes for the journey and take the long hive separately. 2. Making an artificial swarm. Again, use the old brood boxes for the unhatched queen (just as easy as using a nucleus box. So my tip is: keep some of your old gear.

Hugh MacDonald
Beautiful object

The hive exceeded my expectations! Well made, robust and the finish (oil option) is excellent. Lid opens one-handed so managing the bees should be easy, looking forward to not having to heft heacy supers. The hive is an attractive piece in its own right, furniture that begs to be shown off rather than hidden away
Also looking forward to showing my granddaughter the bees through the trransparent crown boards!

John Murphy

love it but what is the best to pair it

Charles Dingwall

Matt and Dean have made and delivered a most amazing long hive to me. Everything about the hive is wonderfully joinered by true mastercraftsmen. In short, a work of art and highly recommended..

Prakash Brinicombe
Excellent hive, excellent service

I am very pleased with the quality of construction of the hive. The customer service was excellent.