Since 1988 we've built brands with intelligent creativity

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What we do


We help clients achieve their business objectives through carefully considered communication.


We create simple, intelligent design that communicates clearly and effectively.


We go the extra mile to ensure our media planning and buying is as efficient and effective as possible.


We ensure our clients’ digital presence is perfectly aligned with their offline activity.

Planning & Strategy

We use dynamic, strategic thinking to develop robust plans that meet clearly defined objectives.

Brand Development

We bring brands to life and create guidelines that help them to thrive, wherever they are implemented.

Our Directors

Jeremy Thorne

Jeremy was one of the founders of Summerhouse in 1988. Still involved on a daily basis with the business, his time is split between working with clients, overseeing design, production and project progress.

Jeremy Thorne

Co-founder and Design Director
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Debra Thorne

Debbie was the other founder of Summerhouse. Returning after a break to bring up children, Debbie brings a flair for freehand design and illustration to the Summerhouse creative.

Debra Thorne

Co-founder and Design Director

Gary Hellier

Gary joined Summerhouse in 2001. A technical illustration background and keen eye for detail ensures high quality work. Studio based and always on hand for clients, Gary ensures smooth running of projects as well as heading up the digital work.

Gary Hellier

Creative Director
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Paul de la Feuillade

Paul has been with Summerhouse since 2010 and brings over 30 years' agency experience. He was elected a member of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in 1994.

Paul de la Feuillade

Director of Planning and Strategy
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Spending most of her day sleeping, Lola will always wake up to greet clients or check deliveries.


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Our purpose-built office provides a great working environment with a spectacular glass-roofed studio and comfortable, relaxed meeting and reception areas.


Head Office

We are an integrated creative agency based on the edge of the New Forest. We work with businesses across the UK, from start-ups to multinationals, providing creative marketing communications.

We’re independently owned and media neutral. Our four Directors are actively involved in running the business and managing our clients. We don’t have a ‘pitch team’. The people you meet at your initial meeting will be the same people who manage your account on a day-to-day basis.

Since we first opened our doors in 1988, we’ve stuck to the same simple philosophy. We recruit the best people, we keep our overheads within our means and we treat our clients and suppliers with respect. More than half of our clients and suppliers have worked with us for over ten years.

Seeing our clients excel is our greatest reward. We’re proud to have been instrumental in the success of Churchill Retirement Living and Hobbycraft. We worked with both brands from day one and throughout their spectacular growth. We’re also delighted to have the opportunity to work with some great household names including Auto Trader and Zoopla.

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Our experience


Autotrader is the UK's largest digital automotive marketplace, with around 55 million visits per month and over 10 million online transactions a year. We design and produce trade marketing campaigns for both their franchise and independent dealer networks.

Tapper Funeral Service

A fourth generation family business and client since 2011. We create a range of material including, TV, radio, outdoor, press advertising, online and bereavement care information for relatives.


Churchill Retirement Living is the UK's second largest retirement house builder. A client from their formation and continually for over 15 years. We have created national and regional advertising campaigns, staff engagement, internal communications, site signage and promotional literature. We won their Supplier of the Year Award for two consecutive years.


Barchester is a multiple-award-winning organisation with over 200 care homes, offering assisted living and dementia care. Appointed in 2016, we plan and buy media throughout the UK.


A client since 1993, Haskins are a fourth generation family business running award-winning ‘destination’ garden centres across the South of England. We create point-of-sale material, online and offline marketing communications including TV, radio and press advertising along with staff engagement and internal communications programmes.


A client since their formation and for over 17 years, now with 90 superstores. We created and produced marketing campaigns across a huge variety of media including TV, radio, press and online. We also designed and produced point-of-sale material, promotional videos and staff engagement programmes.


Leaseplan is one of the world's biggest vehicle leasing companies, with 1.7 million vehicles in over 30 countries. They have been a client since 2010. We create and implement campaigns and promotions across online and offline media. We also design and implement point-of-sale material.

New Forest National Park

Designated a National Park in 2005, the New Forest National Park encompasses more than 200 acres of pasture, heath and woodland. We have worked with them to encourage sustainable tourism and to promote artisan food producers within the park.


Established in 1927, Gallagher is one of the world’s largest insurance brokers, with offices in over 150 countries. Since 2013, we have worked with Gallagher and their subsidiary brands on projects as diverse as brand development, recruitment, employee engagement and retention, lead generation and client acquisition.

"A seamless extension to our marketing team"

Spencer McCarthy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Churchill Retirement Living.

"They consistently produce great work"

Lisa Looker, Brand Director, Hobbycraft.

"I just wanted to say a big thank you to the team for doing a brilliant job with all the Partner Finance comms. The Partner Finance team are very happy at the difference it is making. We are excited to be replicating this with Dealer Pro."

Verity Blake, Campaign Specialist, BCA.

"A fantastic company to work with, never say no and always willing to go the extra mile to help"

Sam Agha, Marketing Manager, HPI.

“I have worked with Summerhouse for over 10 years, they are always creative and very easy to work with.”

Danielle Gauci, Zoopla.

“I have always been impressed by both the quality and service.”

Anthony Brown, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Years in business

Ads booked in 2018

Happy clients

Media research miles covered in 2018

Years recommended by RAR

Projects completed since 1988