Mr & Mrs Sue & Peter Fryatt


'Oak Framed Glazed Garden Room & Vaulted Trusses'

I cannot praise Essence of Oak more highly if I tried. From start to finish Essence of Oak provided a first-class service.

Ben and his men were so enthusiastic and helpful throughout, nothing was too much trouble. Their work ethic, craftsmanship and attention to detail is outstanding.

My oak vaulted living area with oak / glass wall and doors beautifully frame our large garden.  It is an absolute show stopper.

I love it so much, thank you Essence of Oak for creating a magical space to live in!

Chris & Lorraine White

Stock, Essex

'Oak framed Garage'

Ben completed our Oak Framed Garage demonstrating excellent craftsmanship. 

He and his team were very personable and enthusiastic about their work and kept us informed all the way through the process even inviting us to visit the workshop to view our structure before it was erected on site. 

He provides an excellent service at a reasonable price.

Gary & Sara Donovan

Brentwood, Essex

'Oak Porch'

We took a chance using Essence of Oak by finding them on the internet and now we cannot thank them enough for our amazing oak porch which has completely transformed our house, it looks amazing.  So many passers by stop now to admire it.  

We highly recommend Ben and his team without a doubt for their quality of work, great advice and friendly personable approach.

Clive and Sue Osborne

Maldon, Essex

'Oak Pergola'

Dear Ben
Just to let you know how thrilled we are with the oak pergola you built us. The craftsmanship and detailing are quite exceptional.
Viewing the pergola from the house, you have given us a room in the garden under which we just want to sit and enjoy our surroundings. Many thanks once again, far exceeded our expectations.  
Clive and Sue Osborne

Sue & Alan Reid

Stondon Massey, Essex
We would like to thank you for such a wonderful addition to our home. The porch is a real piece of craftsmanship with such attention to detail; you have a real passion for your work. The whole construction from start to finish was well managed and it was a pleasure to have you and your team around. 

I would highly recommend Essence of Oak.  And once again many thanks;  the porch has exceeded our expectations and has given our home some much needed character.

Debbie & Bob Nicholls


'Oak Garden Room'

Hi Ben,

Sorry its taken me a while to send you this. 

Id just like to say that I'm so very pleased with my garden room it has the wow factor that I was looking for.

Even though my house is modern I love oak and needed something to replace my glass conservatory as this was cold and hard to keep warm especially in the winter months. I'm very pleased I came across your company on the internet as there are others, but they didn't provide the same enthusiasm and knowledge of oak that you showed when I contacted you.  I knew from the start that you and your capable team would do a good job especially as the shape I wanted was unusual, but it proved that you are able to commit and do a very good finish at a reasonable price. After coming to your premises and seeing your craftsmanship, I was delighted when the build was complete.  The tiled roof is exceptional with the sky lights adding warmth and depth as the glass and workmanship on the oak provide the glamour and wow factor I was looking for.

Thank you so much

Duncan & Georgie Stacey

'Bookcase & Secret Room'

Ben came to us recommended by friends locally, and for me a personal recommendation is worth its weight in gold. 

We commissioned Ben and it soon became clear, when meeting him, that he had a wealth of knowledge and he has clearly worked on some prestigious projects, and I really liked the fact that he was brimming with good ideas.

We wanted a secret room behind a bookcase, he knew exactly what to do and the results are a real talking point amount friends.

The difference with Ben is that his workmanship, compared to other tradesmen I have used in the past, was in a different class.

His oak work, in our view, is excellent and he had some great ideas that I feel have really enhanced our house.

He is friendly and honest craftsman who takes great pride in his work. 

Mr & Mrs A Hilton

Sandon, Essex

'Oak Glazed Porch'

I would like to thank Essence of Oak Ltd for the fantastic work they have completed for us; our new porch looks fantastic and we are the envy of our neighbours 

The work was completed on time and to budget by a great bunch of guys, I will be using them again.  Thank you.

Paul & Jill Newman

Bassingbourn, Cambs

'Oak Porch'

We were recommended to Ben and Essence of Oak by another company who we were outside of their area. I submitted my design to Ben who advised a couple of changes. Two heads are better than one!

Paul is one for perfection and likes to do things himself but he admits it was the best decision to engage Ben and his team to construct the oak frame onto our plinth walls. We roofed it ourselfs with Marley Eternit hand made Canterbury tiles and the finished job is perfect. We would recommend Ben and Essence of Oak as their attention to detail is perfect, real caring craftsman who have a passion for oak.

Rob and Jon

Just to say thanks to you and the team for producing a stunning Oak Frame section for our dining room extension. We are really pleased with the end result.. great proportions, quality and detailing.  

Thanks also for working to get the Oak and glazing installed to fit around the rest of our renovation project and great, pro-active communication along the way (that in itself deserves a testimonial!)

Steve Fisher

Harold Wood
Ben and his team crafted 2 stunning, curved tie-beam oak porches with sidelight panels and frames for our development in Great Baddow (See Vaulted Oak Porch - Curved Tie beam in the Gallery).  The site went on the receive the 'best small residential development UK 2016' prize at the Premier Awards, beating over 2000 entrants in its category.   The judges chose this development for the quality of the craftsmanship and the attention to detail, which are clearly evident in the work produced and undertaken by Essence of Oak. 

We would recommend Essence of Oak to developers and homeowners without hesitation. 

Steve Fisher 

Director FINC Architects

Nick and Christine Deacon

Navestock, Essex

'Oak Porch'

Its rare to find someone with such passion for his work and the finished product as Ben Thole of Essence of Oak. The end result is as much as we'd hoped for and more. Excellent craftsmanship and very committed follow up to our requirements. Ben came up with some lovely detail suggestions which have made all the difference and added real character to our Porch and our house. 

We would strongly recommend him and his work, much of which he undertakes personally.

Mrs J Jarvis

Blackmore, Essex

'Stables / Photo Studios'

Fantastic standard of work, and on budget.

Richard & Karin Solomons
We met Ben after a recommendation and couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. 

Ben's experience, flexibility, workmanship and overall professionalism were very much appreciated.  This project was part of a much larger build and Ben and this team integrated seamlessly with the primary contractor.  

The result is outstanding and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ben or use him again in the future.

Mr I Brown

Leigh on Sea, Essex

'Porch & Double Doors'

Very pleased with the work of Essence of Oak and I would highly recommend them.

Mr P Bullard


'Oak frame and stables'

Ben Thole has carried out some significant oak joinery work at my 16th century farmhouse. All the work is of a high standard and I've always found Ben to be courteous and very professional. 

I've also found him to be competitive on price and his work is much admired by those who have seen it and has stood the test of time very well.

Claire and Karl

Amersham, Buckinghamshire
We were extremely lucky to find Ben on the Internet. I cannot recommend Essence of Oak highly enough, Ben is extremely professional and his joinery and craftsmanship are 2nd to none. The wooden porch that has been designed and lovingly constructed for us is outstanding and has transformed the appearance of our property significantly. 

I'm extremely grateful to Ben and his team for a job well done and will be using him again in the future to build me a log cabin, a project that I will look forward to and have no doubt with Ben in charge will go very smoothly.

Richard and Eva Ashley

Cockfosters, London

'Oak Framed Porch'

After researching Oak framed Porches from a number of companies we decided to go with Essence of Oak. Their professionalism, understanding of the brief/design and advice was the best of the companies we spoke to. 

Ben was extremely engaging and friendly and we both felt comfortable leaving him to complete the work. Ben even returned to fit some Oak around the gutter to improve the overall look once the Porch was completed. We are very pleased with the final outcome and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ben and the team for any future work. 

Many thanks Ben.

Mrs G Newby


'Extension & Oak Joinery'

I couldn't be more satisfied with the work carried out by Essence of Oak and their team.


Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
When we were looking for a builder to build our Cart Lodge no-one was as friendly, professional and reliable as Essence of Oak. 

Ben and his team were brilliant and the build quality of the Cart Lodge was out of this world. 

We haven't seen "attention to detail" building like this for many years. Essence of Oak were so good that we are now looking to use them for our new extension.
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