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      21.07.2011 22:48
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      Really nice dolls house

      We bought this for my daughters 2nd birthday and was pretty stunned when we came to put it together at just how small the screws for it were. We were not at all optimistic that we would be able to successfully put it together as the parts seemed so small. we ended up using a screw driver that came with a glasses repair kit and this did the job nicely. It took the two of us about an hour to put together.
      Once constructed the dolls house is quite strong, admired by others often, and thought by those people to have been quite expensive. I think the price is great to be honest.
      It matches her bedroom perfectly and all her friends love playing with it when they come abd play. It was money well spent - absolutely no regrets - will keep her entertained for years to come of that I am sure.

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      22.06.2011 10:14
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      Perfect first dolls house

      When I was a child I always dreamed of having a wooden dolls house. So when I had my daughter it was a perfect excuse to get one. I was very tempted at the time to build my own but I can't say that I am that skilled.

      When I looked at the limited space I had in the house I realised that if she did have one it couldn't be too big so when I saw this in the Argos it was perfect. My mother in law said she would buy it for her for Christmas and by this time it was reduced to £25.

      The House

      This is all made from wood with two opening front pieces. These are held with small hinges, I was unsure at first if this secure enough but with good care this has been very stable. It is a pine wood which the roof and doors are pink with little detail to the roof to make it look like tiles. The windows are shaped holes in the front which are white painted frames. You can not really see into the house through these windows it is just decoration. The door opens in or out in the one front piece but this is not often used because you wouldn't be able to play with it otherwise. Inside are 4 rooms 2 small and 2 large which are separated with other pieces of wood with a hole cut in the one piece to attach a staircase.

      The Accessories

      This comes with a lot of accessories which makes it very good value. It came with a man and a woman wooden dolls. One is dressed in pink cotton the other in blue they stand about 5 cm tall and are able to be positioned to sit or stand they have woollen hair and look very cute. All the furniture is made from wood too which matches the colour of the house. There is a large sofa and a small sofa with a large two small tables which are in the living area of my daughters house and two wooden lamps on the tables. There is also pieces of material that can be placed on the sofas which are blue but as time has gone on these seem to have got lost. There is a kitchen area that has a larger table and a cooker and sink. The bedroom area has a double bed and a cupboard and two more small tables with two more lamps. The bed also has two pillow shaped pieces of material and a large piece of material to make a bed sheet. The last area is the bathroom that has a toilet, sink and bath all made from wood. There is a set of stairs that can be fitted in the house and two chimneys which can be placed on the top of the house, these chimneys are never really on the top of the house because they get knocked off every time we play with it. I will say there is a down side which is that the dolls do not fit well in the furniture which is a shame.

      My Opinion

      I think this is very cute for a first dolls house. It is very simple yet still very girly. I think it was good value for money and is a perfect size for small houses. I think that this is very well made but is not made for rough play. This is a perfect buy for a first dolls house from the age 3 and has enough accessories to make it interesting to play with. It fits easily in the corner of a room and doesn't take up much space which is great in our house because we can only just fit a bed in my daughters room. It is easy for the child to move when they are playing with it because it is light and this means that they have less chance to break it. It has created imagination in my daughter and she has now started using different voices for the dolls. I have also found that my 1 year old daughter has started to play with it in the way that it supposed to be and is taking care of it.

      The Extras

      There is added extras to this because you can purchase other items to go with the house. You have a garage and a car and also you are able to buy other furniture and an extension for the house. I would really like to get this and make it a complete set but I haven't got the room for it at the minute. These additional items are all reasonably priced and are also sold in Argos. They are all made from the same wood with bits of pink and white on them.

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      This is made by Chad valley which I think is a very good toy maker which is also good value for money. They now produce a lot of products in various stores such as Littlewoods, Argos, smyths and on line stores. I would recommend this for the girly girls and have found that it creates a great imagination. My daughter really likes this house and so do her friends I will find them playing with this on a regular basis and taking good care of it all.

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        02.06.2010 23:13
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        Good house good sized rooms just not very colourful so looks a bit boring inside

        I always knew when my daughter turned 3 I would want to get her a dolls house especially a wooden one as they look so lovely-and it meant I could play too!
        So when my mum asked what to get her for christmas I saw this in the Argos book and thought perfect! We had looked in ELC for one but they retail at £50+ so this looked perfect for £35 including furniture and 2 people.

        Christmas day came and my mum had her boyfriend set it up beforehand-relatively easy he said took longer then expected as the screws are all so tiny and a bit awkward to place-so as it was set up it wasnt wrapped and when myself and my daughter saw it it looked gorgeous, very girly and was screaming at us to play with it!

        So off we went to investigate. All the furniture is plain wood and so is the actual house inside, the only colour being the roof and details on the outside. It has 4 "rooms" and a gap for the staircase to slot in. The family is 2 wooden dolls with bendy legs dressed in pink and blue.

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        Lamps x2, x2 small (lamp) table, 1 large couch and x2 smaller ones, bath, toliet, sink, washing machine, cooker, table, x4 chairs/stools, another wash basin and a cupboard. You also get some bits of material for use as pillows, quilt and covers for the couch. You also get x2 chimneys for the roof and the staircase.

        Thoughts:
        The house looks lovely but actually doesnt condure up much interest in my daughter or my son. I think this may be due to the lack of excitement i.e.colour going on in the house and the furniture. My mum said it can all be painted so we have said we are going to do this and thankfully we have a dolls house shop not far away that sells everything we will need to decorate. The rooms are all a good size also.

        I have since noticed Argos selling 2 wooden dolls houses for similar sort of a price but the other one has 5 rooms and more accessories and now I have experienced this one the other would have probably been better value.

        Overall I think it is worth the money and the time to decorate it would be useful.

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        02.12.2009 14:47
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        Must have for little girls

        If you have got a little girl you will know that one of their favourite toys is a wooden dolls house. My best friend's daughter had one and when ever my daughter was over playing she would not leave the doll's house alone. So for her birthday I was thinking about buying her one.


        Unfortunately these doll houses can be rather expensive an on average cost around £125 with no furniture that you have to buy separate which is extra expense that ranges from £15 - £30 for each item. I think you would agree that if you had this amount of money to spend on a dolls house that would not be a problem but if you are like me and love a bargain and short of pennies I would not encourage people to buy or waste money on something that just is not worth it.


        As it was getting closer and closer to my daughter's birthday the panic was starting to set in as I could not see any dolls houses that were worth the money. Then looking through the ARGOS sale leaflet I noticed a cheap dolls house for £39.99.


        It is a classic Georgian style wooden dolls house that included two wooden dolls that were dressed in their bed clothes. There is one girl and one boy. And there were four sets of furniture for the bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Fantastic I thought I off I went to ARGOS to buy it.


        It was rather heavy to carry back to the car but getting such a great deal I wasn't bothered. I was very lucky because as it was in the sale things always tend to see out fast and when I ordered the product I was told that it was the last one that they had in stock.


        When it came to building the house it does say one person's assembly which I feel is untrue as it can be quite fiddly. I had to ask a friend to help me when I was trying to put the door on. But apart from that it was easy to put together. I was pleased to see that when I opened the furniture that I did not have to build any of it as it was already done. What a relief.


        I would recommend this product to everyone that had a little girl in their family as she will have hours of fun just like my daughter did. It is suitable for ages 3 and over and will last them right up to when they get to the age that they grow out of playing with dolls.


        I would rate this product 10/10. I hope my review was of some use to you, thank you for taking the time to read it.

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          18.08.2009 21:22
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          A Home To Love!

          Last year my daughter joined a new nursery and fell in love with the wooden dolls house they had. Deciding this would be a perfect Christmas present, I started having a look around.

          My first port of call was my old trusty, ELC. They do stock a beautiful doll's house, unfortunately it's £100 price tag was really pushing my budget, especially because the doll's and furniture weren't included and had to be bought in sets ranging from £15-£25. My quick calculations priced the total cost of the doll's house, a set of doll's and the bare minimum amount of furniture to be bordering on £200.

          I then saw an advert on TV for a Christmas catalogue with a doll's house for just £39.99. I looked it up on the website, and was impressed with how it looked. What swung it for me in the end was that it also included a set of 4 doll's AND 5 sets of furniture, 30 pieces all together. I ordered it and it arrived a few days later.

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          What is It And Where Can I get One?
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          This is a 3 story double fronted doll's house for children aged 3+ with a removable pink roof and doors.

          The house is made of light coloured MDF and the the front section opens on both sides to reveal a living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Under the removable roof there is a huge attic room. All rooms are undecorated.

          The doll's house comes with 4 wooden doll's, a mum, dad, boy and girl all dressed in basic but pretty gingham clothing. It also comes with enough furniture to fill each room, including appliances for the kitchen and facilities for the bathroom. These are also made of wood.

          I bought mine from the Studio catalogue for £39.99 which included free engraving of my daughters name on the roof. This year I have noticed it is also available in the Argos catalogue, without the engraving, for £32, Bargain!

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          It Requires Home Assembly, Is It A Pain?
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          It's actually not TOO bad to assemble, I've come across worse. When this arrived, apart from a quick check to see all the pieces were there and in tact, I put it away in a cupboard as I didn't want little madam discovering Santas surprise if I'd assembled it.

          A week before Christmas I decided I better give it a go, so I would have plenty of time to rope my dad in should I need too. All the screws required where provided, I just needed my own cross head screw drivers...which I dug out of hiding.

          I got off to a good start, although it was quite fiddly and another pair of hands would have been useful just to hold bits in place while I screwed. The instructions where very clear to follow and it took me an hour to get the house practically assembled. I was feeling more than a bit pleased with myself, DIY is generally not my forte! Happy that the house would be ready in another half hour and feeling quite smug with myself, I set about finishing off and all that was left was to add the hinged front panels.

          This is where I hit a snag. I'd thought I was quite organised with a selection of sizes in screwdrivers, however the screws that go on the hinges where TINY and none would fit. A-ha! I thought, that really useless set of screwdrivers I got in a cracker last year will be just the ticket. But after turning my house upside down, I couldn't find them. I had to hide the house, partially finished and buy some minuscule screwdrivers the next day. Once I had them, the hinges where fixed easily and within another half an hour the house was complete. The furniture comes ready assembled so I just popped it in, had a little play, then hid it away for the big day.

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          Well, What Do I Think? More Important, What Did Little Miss Think?
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          I was actually very impressed with this from the moment I started assembling it. I was worried it would be poor quality, but while it's not on par with the ELC dolls house, it was better than expected.

          The wood has proved to be quite durable, as this is my daughters favourite toy and is played with daily, yet hasn't suffered any damage yet. I would be cautious about giving this to a boisterous child, or even a 3 year old. My daughter received this at age 4 and had passed being rough with her toys, and had learned to respect them and engage in more gentle play. The only piece that has suffered any ill effect is a wooden rocking horse I stood on, the head broke off but after a dab of super glue it's as good as new.

          I like the size of the doll's house too. At 23 inches high, and 21 inches wide it doesn't take up vast amounts of space, but is still big enough for my daughter to move furniture around and play with. The only room I find erring on too small is the bedroom on the first floor. It's a bit of a squash to put the bed in with the stairs in place, luckily the wooden stairs can be removed easily and it's probably an issue to me, who likes setting up everything perfect when tidying it away, than it is to my daughter.

          It's perhaps not as aesthetically pleasing as the pretty decorated doll's houses on the market, however I find it fits in my living room better than a more garish alternative, in fact I have no problem with it being a permanent fixture and I am quite fussy). Being blank inside means that you could decorate this to your own taste if you wanted, you could even paint the outside if you liked.

          Another positive I have found with this house is that it fits most other standard doll's furniture. My daughter has recently started collecting sylvanian families, and has put her animals and some furniture in here. It's massively cheaper than the Sylvanian family house, and my daughter is happy to use it with them.

          After 8 months I remain pleased with my purchase and my daughter loves it. I would recommend this doll's house as a good, cheaper alternative with many hours of enjoyment packed inside.

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          Classic Georgian style wooden dolls house. Comes complete with wooden dolls and 4 sets of furniture, bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen. Made from safe, natural materials. Simple home assembly. Inspire their imagination with this hand crafted classic toy. For ages 3 years and over.