Arctic Cabins Ltd is a family run business, started back in 2001. Our owner, Gareth and his Finnish wife Virpi, decided to bring the traditional Grillkota BBQ hut design over to the UK back in 2001.
In Finnish Lapland, and throughout Scandinavia, Grillkota BBQ huts are part of a rich culture. Dotted throughout communities, forests and national parks, these strong wooden shelters with a central BBQ are used for cosy refuge from harsh winters. Many have been standing for over a century. They're available for all to use - communities, families, tourists alike - a big part of Scandinavian life.
After all, not every day is BBQ weather here in the UK! Our BBQ cabins allow you to BBQ and entertain in all weathers, come rain or shine. Infact, our cabins really come into their own during the cooler months, when a spot of scandinavian log cabin cosiness doesn't go amiss.
At first, all of Gareth’s BBQ cabins were imported from Scandinavia. After the demand increased significantly he decided to start manufacturing our cabins in Derbyshire, UK to ensure we could keep up with orders, and have full control over the manufacturing process and installation service. Gareth teamed up with Rick who had been a joiner and business owner for over 30 years. With Gareth’s passion for the BBQ huts and business knowledge, along with Rick’s extensive carpentry skills, they set about designing and manufacturing the ultimate Arctic Cabins BBQ hut. This enabled us to offer a high quality product at a more competitive rate, without cutting any corners.
A patent was submitted for our unique sloping-walled design in 2014, and after 4 long years, Arctic Cabins Ltd were given the trademarked design (registered trade mark number 00003141594) for the angle-walled BBQ hut design. The walls built on an angle don’t only offer extra space within the cabin, but also the most comfortable seating position. Just ask any of our thousands of customers!
Our team of designers, product specialists, project managers, joiners, fitters and marketing experts all strive for perfection and wish to exceed all your expectations when you work with Arctic Cabins. This is why we are confident to offer a no-quibble 10 year guarantee on our BBQ huts. Because we believe in our product and we believe you should not only have peace of mind but also an amazing Arctic Cabins BBQ hut to enjoy for many years to come. Who knows, perhaps they'll stand for more than a century, just like the Grillkota in Scandinavia?!
Meet Our Team of Employees
As Owner and MD of Arctic Cabins from the day it was created in the late 90’s, there is no-one in the company who knows the product better. Gareth’s better half Virpi is a native Finn and introduced Gareth to the world of BBQ cabins when they first met in 1998. Gareth proactively leads all sales and distribution throughout the companies and with the rapid growth of the BBQ Cabin Villages, Gareth works closely with all departments and takes pride in the high quality buildings manufactured by us here in the UK.
With an extensive sales background Cliff joined the team back in 2014 as a Sales Executive. He worked his way up to Director of Sales across all the companies in 2017. Cliff is based at our midlands show site but travels up and down the country visiting customers and completing site surveys before installation begins.
Since Simon started with Arctic Cabins as a Sales Executive his role has quickly progressed. His innovative ideas and strong eye for detail he has taken the lead in developing new systems across the businesses. Simon has an active sales role within Arctic Cabins and you may deal with him if you have opted for a bespoke cabin build.
With an extensive sales background, David is a valuable member of our team. With a vast knowledge of all of our buildings, Arctic Cabins and Cabin Master customers are in safe hands when dealing with David.
George has been a strong member of the Nottingham show site team for over 2 years now. He has a high level of knowledge both on the Arctic BBQ huts and the Cabin Master garden rooms. He is also fully trained on our Hydropool Hot Tubs and Swim Spas.
Anne-Marie joined the show site team in 2018 and works mainly with campsites and schools to provide them with unique structures for accommodation and learning.
If you are planning a unique twist on the BBQ Cabins then Michelle is likely to be your designer. Michelle joined the team back in 2016. She has an excellent eye for detail and a very creative mind. She has done cabin design work for the Duchess of Northumberland as part of the Alnwick Gardens project.
Debbie Pickering a.k.a GOD!
Debbie took up the role of GOD within all 4 of Gareth’s companies back in 2013! If you have bought a BBQ Cabin from us since then you have definitely spoken to, or emailed with, our GOD!! Deb deals with all the incomings and outgoings of the businesses and is the oracle when it comes to what went where, how, when and why!!
Mark has worked for Arctic Cabins since 2009. His role over the years has changed dramatically, from IT to Sales Executive he has managed many of our larger projects which facilitated his move into Project Management, run from our Head Office in Derbyshire.
Mark is in charge of all installation schedules, shows & events as well as the complex backbone structuring of the business.
Brian is our Sales Director, he has been selling Arctic Cabins for many years and there isn't much he doesn't know about them. If you need help or advice Brian will be able to help, you will find him at many of our events.
Sean runs our 2 factories in Derbyshire and has worked for the company for over 10 years. He oversees the production of the cabins and manages all the factory workers.
Dean has been head of the fitting teams since 2016. His vast knowledge in carpentry has enabled him to create a strong workforce.
Pete has been our resident Electrician for many years and works on all projects from small to big. Pete has been an electrician for over 40 years and is Part P Certified and does both Domestic and Commercial work. EV charging installations, network installs and intruder alarms.
5 years ago Simon came on board to assist Pete as an electrician when our Cabin Master & Camping Cabins businesses soared.
Danny started with Arctic Cabins back in 2015 and manages the warehouse where all the BBQ units, roofing felt and accessories are held. He also works on the base teams in the summer months.
Jamie has worked with us for over 6 years now and knows our cabins like the back of his hand. He is mainly on the Arctic Cabins teams as a team leader but also works with our Cabin Master installation teams.
Tod has been with Arctic for over 6 years and has fitted in excess of 1,000 BBQ huts up and down the country. He is one of our team leaders out on the road and has great feedback from all his customers.
Since Adam joined the team 4 years ago he has worked on many of the big projects. He is team leader on our 3rd van and helps train up our new fitters.
Matthew has been on the installation teams for over a year now and enjoys the variety of the projects, his favourite being the Santa's Grotto at the East Midlands Designer Outlet.
James is Gareth's youngest son and has done work for the company in different departments over the last few years. He is now full-time on the installation teams and loves being out on the road.
Andy works on our installation teams for both Arctic Cabins and Cabin Master. He is a skilled worker with many years of experience both on the job and in the factory.
Vicky heads up the marketing across all the companies. With a background as a professional photographer her skills have been invaluable in developing websites and company literature.
Her team manage the ad & event campaigns as well as build good relationships between new and existing customers, ensuring imagery & information is readily available.
Vicky came to the Marketing Team in June 2019 bringing with her a wealth of marketing knowledge and expertise. She has worked on the Arctic website, social media platforms, advertising campaigns and newsletters.
Fran has been with Arctic Cabins for over 3 years in her role as Assistant Marketer. Fran mainly works on social media campaigns, show site events, our websites and company analysis.