Horizontal Top Bar Beehive

(8 customer reviews)


The main hive image is for illustration purpose only. Viewing windows and floor options are available at extra cost.

Please note, our hives are made to order. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

We do our best to manufacture your hive as quickly as possible. Remember you are purchasing a quality product individually built with care.

Postage & Packing is  calculated at checkout stage. Click the calculate shipping option then enter your postcode. Local delivery and collection is also available.

Optional extras such as a Varroa mesh floor, Inspection windows and Eco floor are available at extra cost.



Available on back-order

SKU: HTBH001 Category:


Our Horizontal Top Bar hives are now made from premium quality Canadian Western Red Cedar. All major joints are glued and screwed with stainless steel wood screws, nails or staples are not used anywhere in the construction.

The hive walls are a minimum of 25 mm or 1 Inch thick dependent on the manufacturing process. Each plank is machined from 30 mm thick Cedar to ensure that it is totally flat and warp free. The finished board thickness will vary from a minimum 25 to 28 mm.

Western Red cedar will last untreated for up to 25 years, and will turn a lovely slate grey colour over time. As most things in life, “if you look after it, it will look after you”

We recommend a couple of coats of raw linseed oil, (Not Boiled) preferably yearly. This will enhance the grain patterns in the wood and increase its durability.

The standard hive comes complete with 26 top bars with wedge shape comb guides. Two Follower boards, solid floor, Simple feeder bar, and gabled roof with aluminium ridge protection. Four 75mm x 50mm pine pressure treated legs are also standard.

The legs are secured in place with 8 stainless steel coach bolts, wing nuts and washers. The legs will require fixing to the hive body after delivery.

A Stainless Steel Varroa mesh floor with full length pull out inspection tray, perspex inspection windows and ECO floor are available as optional extras.

Additional information

Weight 35 kg
Dimensions 110 × 50 × 60 cm
Floor Options

Solid, Varroa Mesh, ECO

Viewing Windows

None, One, Two

8 reviews for Horizontal Top Bar Beehive

  1. Lynda (verified owner)

    Really pleased with my top bar hive, well made and in my opinion the quality of the build is excellent . This is my first hive and Andrew has been very helpful and is also very knowledge about keeping bees in these hives. I would definitely recommend buying without any hesitation.

  2. Christophe

    Excellent craftmanship! Will buy again without hesitation!

  3. Christophe Gaspard (verified owner)

    An excellent work by Andrew. This top bar hive is truly unique. We chose the version with observation windows and the quality of the job is impressive! We already ordered another one for our apiaries .

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  4. Stephen Brookman (verified owner)

    Brilliant hive.
    I am new to beekeeping but did know what I wanted to achieve.
    I have been thinking about beekeeping for a few years. I wanted to become involved in a style of beekeeping that felt right for me. Whilst researching I became more aware of top bar hives, natural beekeeping and the less invasive style of beekeeping already practiced by some people.
    I watched a lot videos, read several books and have been on a basic course. I built an image in my head of the type of beehive I wanted to nurture. Something warm, solid and as sympathetic to bees natural behaviour as possible. I chose the top bar hive from this company because it felt as though it had been designed by someone who cared for my needs and the needs of the bees in equal measure.
    I have now received and set my hive up. Unfortunately, due to Covid I may have to wait for it to self populate or get a swarm from another keeper when possible. OK it is a little more expensive than other hives I have looked at but the quality of the materials and the build is exceptional. Really precisely made, thick insulating high quality wood used throughout. Some thoughtful design touches which meet with all of the good advise I’ve collected during my research. 38mm bars for comb space, 25mm walls for warmth, 43 inch length for plenty of expansion, eco tray, bee entrance on the side wall towards the end of the hive with swivel devise to narrow or widen entrance, hinged lid away from the entrance so that when working you are not stood across the entrance, chain to hold lid from swinging open, working surface at waist height for comfort. I didn’t go for a viewing window.
    The help and advise on the web site is spot on. The conversation by e mail during build was really supportive and helpful. On delivery Andrew took a personal interest in helping me make the right first steps in setting up. He also helped me over come some covid delivery difficulties.
    The whole product and service was exceptional. Thank you. Would thoroughly recommend.

    • AndrewVidler

      Hi Stephen

      Thank you for your kind words,I am really pleased you are happy with the hive.

  5. Kerstin Langdon (verified owner)

    Thank you, Andrew and Lorraine, for delivering my hive today.
    Very pleased with it and your advice to a newbie.
    The quality of the craftsmanship is superb, it will last a long time.
    Throughout the build process, I received pictures of the progress made each day. Thank you Phil Chandler for recommending you.
    I just need to make it bee attractive tomorrow when we are placing it in its position. Looking forward to hosting happy bees.

    • AndrewVidler

      Hi Kerstin

      My pleasure.

  6. Colin Bennett (verified owner)

    I was very interested to learn more about Top Bar Hives, so I did some reading first and studied various website throughout the UK.
    When I came across this website, I was very impressed with the contents and contacted Andrew with some clarification questions re wood used and sizes etc.
    When placing the order, Andrew was very efficient in answering my questions and being realistic about the lead time to build and deliver. The quality is outstanding and the hive meets all my expectations and more, as the high level technical specification was spot on!
    The lead time, price and ease of assembly all 5 star.
    Thanks you Andrew,
    Colin and Alice Bennett

  7. raymond rees (verified owner)

    Did some reading of various hive types and chose top bar type as has the least requirement for any additional artificial aids and more reflects a natural hive activity.
    Andrews impressive website images and reviews prompted a purchase of my hive.
    Communication throughout and lead time expectation was spot on. Personnal delivery and much advice from Andrew was apreciated.
    I opted for the added eco box but no window hive version and am impressed with both the quality of materials used and the exceptional hive construction.
    Very pleased,

    • AndrewVidler

      Thank you for choosing us for your Top Bar Hive and your kind words Andrew

  8. oliver howe (verified owner)

    I wanted to leave it a few months to be able to review the Top Bar Hive having had some experience of it. This is my first Top Bar hive having had a couple years experience with WBC’s and Nationals. I can now confirm with confidence that the I love it and more importantly so do the Bees !!
    I placed my order May 2020 and it was delivered by Andy exactly when he said about 4-5 weeks later. I went for the delivery option as I wanted the confidence of having that handover and the chance to ask questions. Andy was really good, answered all my questions and invited me to the Facebook group which has been really useful to read.
    The Hive itself is really nice bit of kit, obviously very well made and a lovely bit of woodwork that you could almost keep just to look at let alone put Bees in it.
    I went for a Top Bar hive with Eco Floor as I liked the concept but I was a little unsure at first but simply gathered some material from my local woods. Actually it was really easy and makes sense once you think about it.
    I put a small cast swarm in there that I had collected a week or so earlier that had been temporarily held in a National. They had built out three frames which I simply cut the bottom wooden bar with garden loppers and cut the foundation to a top bar shape with an old knife.Having transferred the 3 frames to the Top Bar, I feed them some sugar syrup from an old soya milk container (a trick learned on Phil Chandlers YouTube channel) just for the first couple of days to give them some support. The Bees have positively thrived in the hive building out their own comb. Their numbers have swelled impressively and they all look very healthy.
    Managing Bees in this hive is so much easier than the WBC’s and Nationals and just intuitively feels more natural for the Bees.
    I cannot recommend Andy’s Top Bar Hives highly enough, lovely bit of kit, I have been so impressed and very happy with my purchase.

    • AndrewVidler

      Thank you 🐝

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