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I am new to top bar hive beekeeping. I have read a lot about the sustainability of beekeeping. I wanted a top bar hive in order to give my bees a more natural, less demanding, healthier  existence.

Prior to settling on this particular hive I did a lot of reading and video watching about the ideal characteristics of a top bar hive, size, shape, materials etc. The advise on topbarhives web site in relation to construction fits perfectly with everything I have read. I opted for no viewing window but the open mesh floor as an optional extra.

Now that I have the hive it is everything I expected. Beautifully made, great materials, warm thicker walls, ideal size and shape. Very impressed.

In addition Andrew at topbarhives is really knowledgeable and helpful. Communication was great throughout the build and he made delivery simple.

All I can say is thank you. Very pleased.

Steve April 2020


I ordered 2 Top Bar Hives from Andrew and both the workmanship and service has been first class. The attention to detail and use of quality materials ensures that the hives were of the highest quality.

I am extremely impressed with both hives and would not hesitate in recommending the product.

DL Thomas October 2020

Celia Parkyn (verified owner)02/28/2021

Andy delivered my horizontal top bar hive yesterday. It’s really well made, with 3cm-thick cedar. The top bars have a knick in them along one side so it is really easy to align correctly when replacing a bar (definitely will helpful when comb is attached). The hinged roof is much more convenient than having to lift the roof complete clear, as I have to do with my other top-bar hive (not made by Andy). Andy had set it up ready to bait a swarm. It was really good to have a chat about bees. I ordered the verroa mesh floor, which is really well-designed, and has a springed clip to keep it in place, and can be slid out for easy inspection without disturbing the bees (once some have moved in!). Thank you Andy, we are really pleased with the hive. It’s going to be a pleasure to have in the garden. It looks like it will last the next 40 years, with occasional coats of linseed. Worth every penny.

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