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      16.02.2012 17:54
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      No music but that doesn't bother my little girl in the slightest

      This was one of my daughters Christmas presents. She's far too young to have a proper dolls house-so this was the next best thing.

      It retails for £38 in Early Learning Centre, although I purchased it in the half price sale.

      It's measurements are :
      Length 33.7cm, Weight 45.7cm, Depth 19.7cm

      On its own, Cherry Lane Cottage is pretty boring, as unlike the majority of the Happyland range, it has no musical sounds, but it does look perfect, and my daughter loves it. I don't think she's even realised it doesn't have any sounds! My daughter is learning how to role-play and interact. I even enjoy playing with this cottage-especially when we play with the rest of the range at the same time.

      Cherry Lane Cottage comes with a carry handle, and opens up in the middle. The cottage has two storeys, and comes with two dolls and three pets. I really like the fact that one of the dolls is white-and the other is coloured-as I want my children to grow up knowing that it's good to interact with people from all different walks of life-and that they can be friends with people who are all different colours, shapes and sizes. I want them to learn from an early age that racism won't be tolerated. The cottage comes with beds, tables, chairs, a dressing table, and a treehouse outside.

      Since buying this toy, my daughter has an absolutely remarkable imagination-and I'm loving watching every minute of her developing infront of my eyes. I'm sure we still have many an hour of fun to come with Cherry Lane Cottage.

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        08.08.2011 22:31
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        A good buy if you can get it in the sales

        My daughter received this for her first birthday from an aunt who was happy to be buying her her first dolls house. And it's a lovely little house and just perfect for little hands and imaginations!

        The cream coloured house has a bright pink roof, windows and doors, with flowers growing up the front of the house.

        There's a tree at the side of the house, complete with a little platform on the top branch, and steps leading up to a decking area at the base of the tree. Underneath the tree is a small hole where the rabbit lives. The green tree top comes off, perhaps a little too easily and never seems to be on. The front door suffers the same fate as similar doors on buildings in the range, and is forever falling off.

        The house opens up into two halves with a lower and upper floor inside. There's not a huge amount of built-in floor space and it can be difficult to fit in the supplied furniture.

        Inside the front door is the lounge, with rugs on the floor and curtains at the window. Upstairs from that is the bedroom. Upstairs on the other side is the bathroom, with built-in toilet, bath and sink. Downstairs on the other side is the kitchen, with built-in sink, fridge (door opens), cooker and pet bed. Stable doors lead out of the kitchen. It would have been nice to have some sound effects in the house, like on other Happyland products.

        Supplied are two beds, a dressing table, two chairs, a round table with cakes on, two female figures, a rabbit, cat and squirrel.

        My daughters have had a lot of fun playing with the cottage, although the four year old has more or less outgrown it now. It's great for role play, playing house, using imaginations, and developing social skills.
        Full price for this is £38 which is a lot, even with the free horsebox that's currently included when you buy the cottage.

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          25.02.2011 18:00
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          A great junior dolls house.

          My daughter was around 14-months when she started getting really interested in items from the Happyland range, so around this time we decided to invest in this cute little doll's house to fire her imagination.

          The Happyland collection at ELC is extensive and includes a whole range of houses, buildings, vehicles and people, as well as storage boxes and playmats so its entirely possible to build up to a whole Happyland village, with each item being great for role play and imagination building.

          Being an early years toy, the Cherry Lane Cottage is chunky, bright and made from durable, tough plastic. It is great as it can withstand a lot of wear and tear, and although ours was an Ebay purchase previously used by two other children, it is in excellent condition which is testament to its quality.

          The characters that accompany the house are also chunky and perfect for little hands to hold. The house comes complete with two little girls, a rabbit, a cat and a squirrel. The only one I was concerned about was the rabbit as it's the smallest, but my daughter never put it in her mouth or had any problem with any of the characters.

          It is decorated on the outside with vines and a treehouse, and on the inside it has a number of finishing touches which make it realistic and much like the picture perfect country cottage image we can all imagine. As well as coming complete with room appropriate furniture, each room also has decoration on the walls, and the detailing is great. There is a lot of attention to detail which makes this house fasinating for young children.

          The house opens up on a hinge to reveal a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining room, and the furniture includes beds, tables and chairs and a dressing table. The treehouse outside incorporates a balcony, and the little front door opens and closes.

          While the characters fit nicely onto the furniture, they can be fiddly for children to position and my daughter often gets frustrated if she can't to it herself, but this is a minor problem, and probably not one which can be solved. The green treehouse top balances precariously on its trunk and always falls off. Again this is a minor annoyance which does not detract from the enjoyment this house brings.

          My little girl is now two and plays with this house regularly. She would love a large, traditional dolls house, but this one is perfect to practice with first while she is still so young.

          Priced at £30 this cute cottage is good value, and although it is girly in its design it is well played with by both boys and girls who visit our house, and children from one to seven have been fascinated with it. All in all it's a winning formula as it looks great, is sturdy and helps to develop hand eye co-ordination and good role-play skills.

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            06.02.2011 18:30
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            This is a lovely collection of toys from the early learning centre

            My daughter loves the early learning centre happyland range so for her 2nd birthday we added to her collection and got her the happyland cherry land cottage, we got it at the normal price £35 plus we got a happyland fairy toadstool car free so I was very pleased with my purchase. My daughter already has the fairy land bluebell boot and the fairy toadstool cottage so I knew that the quality of the product would be to a high standard. I have to say on all of the happyland cottages/houses she has the front door always seems to come off but does go back on very easily this is the only problem Ive had with these toys, but the benefits and enjoyment she gets from these toys far outweighs the hassle of having to put the door back on its hinges every now and then. This cottage comes with cute little characters and a few little pets which all have their own little home in the cottage. The cottage also comes with beds, a dressing table and a set of table & chairs. My daughter is now 3 and her happyland toys get played with as much as they did over a year ago her cousins also play with the happyland everytime they come round and they are 8 & 10 so I really think this toy is for all ages. we have added more houses and accessories to her collection over the last year and I can't wait for more new ones to come out.

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              24.01.2011 09:57
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              Happyland Cherry Lane Cottage

              My little girl just turned one recently and so for one of her birthday gifts she got the Happyland Cherry Tree Cottage.

              Happyland is a magical land brought to you by those clever people at Early Learning Centre. They describe Happyland as, "A place where children's imagination can run wild. ELC offer a range of fabulous buildings, characters, animals and vehicles from this great range. With HappyLand toys children can build a collection that can be added to over time to create an imaginary town and learn about all walks of life."

              What I love about The Happyland range and characters are that they are all made of tough plastic so stand up to a lot of rough play and the sets are quite big too so there are no little pieces for little mouths to swallow. They are bigger than say Sylvanian Families characters as in my opinion these characters are aimed as a younger age group. I would say that Happyland are perfect for children aged 1 and above. They are bright and colourful and have a wide range of ethnicities, looks and accessories to add to the role play function.

              This dolls house is perfect for my little girl as it's quite big and robust and will stand up to lots of banging, pulling etc. In years to come I want to get her a really nice, delicate, dainty dolls house that can be kept forever but for now this is a perfect little house. In fact, ELC actually say that this set is perfect as a first dolls house.

              The cottage is extremely cute. It is nice and bright and pink and very appealing to the eye. The house can shut and look like a proper house but then you can also opens it up on its hinges and inside it reveals a beautiful little cottage inside. On one side of the cottage is a charming little tree with a balcony underneath it that you can stand the characters in. Inside there are a number of different rooms, 4 to be exact, a kitchen, dining room, bathroom and bedroom. All the windows have cute little sashes on them and they look nice and authentic. There are nice decorative touches on the walls and floors such as a Home Sweet Home Cross stitch on the wall in the bedroom and rugs on the floor and curtains at the windows so again I think the little attention to detail touches are really nice.

              There are numerous bits of furniture that come with this cottage too. For the bedroom there is a beautiful looking white vanity with a mirror on it two beds. The little figures that come with this cottage fit nicely onto the bed so you can play bedtime by putting everyone to sleep. The dining room comes with two chairs and a table with nice looking sticky buns on it. The figures sit on the chairs so here you can play tea time. In the bathroom there is a toilet and a bath and sink and then in the kitchen you will find all the kitchen machines such as sink, cooker, etc and the fridge has a door on it that you can open and close and see all the food inside. There is a stable style door in the kitchen that opens and also one in the dining room.

              Like I've mentioned above this cottage comes with two little girl figures and also a white rabbit, a white cat and a squirrel. They are all very cute and fun to play with and put in the different scenerios within the house. What I like is that if you have different Happyland sets the figures from these will also work well in the house to play with.

              This is a very basic dolls house and while there is a bit to play with there's not a lot but for a 1 year old plus it is a perfectly fun house and we get so much use out of it and I can see us playing for this for quite a while and at just £30 it is a great investment to introduce your little girl or boy to playhouses.

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                08.05.2010 13:55
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                A great little dolls house

                My daughter received this dolls house as a christmas present from her grandparents. Initially I thought she may be a little too young to play with a dolls house but she loves it. This is a great first dolls house for little ones - my daughter is 18 months and I think she will still like playing with it up to the age of around 5.

                The dolls house is made of very sturdy plastic and includes three little girls, a rabbit, squirrel, cat, 3 beds, 3 chairs, a table with cakes on it, rocking chair. The pieces are nice and chunky and just right for small hands to hold. It also has other nice features such as the fridge door opens and there is a little bed for the cat to sleep in. What makes this toy even better is that you can put store all the pieces inside the house so they don't get lost and the house has a little carry handle on top - my daughter is a little too small to be able to carry it at the moment though.

                The only down side to this toy is that the doors regularly fall off so we have to search round the living room for them every day when she has finished playing with it. I love everything else about this little house though and we have even bought the rest of the village that goes with the house for our daughters birthday!

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                28.04.2010 22:33
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                This will be well loved

                We bought this for my daughter for her first christmas (she was 11 months). She is now 2.5years and still plays with it!
                We got it on offer with the romany caravan. At first she just played with the dolls. She loved carrying them round everywhere she went! They are made of really good quality plastic, and were just the perfect size for little hands. As she got older she started to play with house, putting the dolls in the bath, into bed, and on the toilet! The little tables and chairs are often arranged in a line, where she likes to feed each doll before putting them to bed. She loves the little cat and squirrel and hiding them in the treehouse.
                Just before her second christmas, I put this house away, as I had bought her a bigger wooden version, however I have had to get it out again as she loves this one more! The house and dolls are all still in perfect condition even though they have been well played with everyday. A really good product that will be well played with!

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                  09.03.2010 15:31

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                  Most played with toy in the cupboard

                  We baught this for my little girl for her 1st birthday and she played with the people straight away but not really the house but at that age it was expected. After a couple of months she started to play with the house and furniture and now at 19 months it is her most played with toy. It is a lovely first dolls house, quite simple but that is what you need at first and brightly coloured which toddlers love.

                  The house is pink it comes with 3 people, a cat, a rabbit and a squirrel. The rabbit lives in a burrow under where the tree is and the squirrel has a platform up in the tree. There is a bedroom with three beds and a bathroom with dressing table, a kitchen and dining room with dining table and three chairs.

                  My little girl loves this simple toy so I would say it is great but there is one problem with this lovely house and that is the doors, after a few months of a play the doors became loose and now they fall off all the time.

                  Would I buy again? Yes its a great toy.

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                  25.02.2010 10:15
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                  overall an excellent built and designed childs toy.

                  My Daughter recieved this for christmas and oh my what a fantastic toy. It keep her entertained for hours and hours. Its a very sturdy and well made product, i dont think i can fault it. Except the fact the doors come off very easyily. At first this was a problem as she was only 18 months old when she recieved it and every few minuets it was "mummy door" and i had to fix it back on. But she soon got the hang of it. And was fixing it back on herself.
                  Its a very colourful toy and there is so many additional products you can purchase to match the set. For example we also have to the early learning centre roaming rose caravan and have now gone on to the fairy collection. I
                  believe this toy will be the toy of the year for my daughter as she plays with it everyday and its the first thing out of the toy box every morning.

                  Not only do you just get the house you also recieve a large quantatie of addional accessories as well, these include 3 x charecters, 3 x bed, a table with little cakes on, 2 x chairs, a rabbit, a squirrel and a cat. They are quite fiddlely to get out the packaging esspically on christmas morning but at least i cant fault that they werent packaged saftly and correctly.

                  The purchase price is £35.00 which is a lot of money but you do get a quality product with a well known name behind it. I was very pleased with the service and how clean the shop was when i went to purchase the product. This made it even more worth wild when i purchased it and the price was no longer a problem.

                  After now being played with for 3 months it product has stayed in excellent condition, even though its been played with everyday. Not even any general wear and tear. It is very hard wearing. This lets me know that this is a excellent constructed childs toy.

                  This product has also given my daughter a lot of practice with her imagination. She sits them at the table to have there dinner and even pretends to bath them. I believe my daughter has benefited hugly from this toy and built her imagination to the max.

                  Overall i would deffently recommend this item to anyone who has a little girl over the age of 18 months. They also an extended range (happy land) which is a sutiable for a boy or a girl.

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                    15.02.2010 20:44
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                    Any little girl will love it!

                    My daughter got this as a christmas present just after she turned two... now, over 12 months on, its still one of her favourite toys - one that has outlasted presents from this christmas just gone!!!

                    Basically - its a little dolls cottage that opens in half to reveal two upstairs rooms and two downstairs... a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. The rooms have their own little pieces of furniture that can be stored inside the house once closed, and even the little door on the fridge opens to reveal pictures of food inside! It comes with 3 dolls and a few little pets too.

                    Its a really nice first dolls house - perfect for kids aged 18 months upwards. It will stand the test of time and probably outlast a lot of your childs faddy toys. The fact that its all self contained means that you can put it all on a shelf and forget about it too - it doesnt take up too much space and it doesnt get in the way!

                    It usually retails at about £35, so you can get cheaper dolls houses out there but this is definately worth the money as its so pretty and girly. Plus, they very often have some sort of deal on it - at the minute its reduced to £28, but when my daughter got it there was an offer on that you got the rose caravan for only £5 instead of £15 with the purchase of this house... so she has that too and the two go nicely together.

                    My only tiny criticism of this is that the door is always falling off (as is the case with a lot of ELC houses/toys) which is very annoying when your child is role playing and insisiting the little dolls knock on the door to come and visit. But that is a small negative amongst a whole bunch of positives.

                    All in all its a beautiful dolls house that any little girl will love!!

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                    09.02.2010 18:09

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                    A great buy

                    I bought my one year old one of these for christmas and it is a favourite at the minute with her and also her 4 year old sister. They can both play happily with this for quite a while. The front door did fall off almost as soon as she got it and it happened so often that i haven't bothered to reattatch it. Despite that it is a great little toy. You get plenty of furniture and characters to play with and it definatly encourages imaginative play. There are a whole host of things included like beds, a rocking chair, table and chairs and a bedside table. You also get cute little pets aswell as the other dolls. The cottage itself has a carry handle which is great as ours is constantly taken out and about to keep the girls entertained. There are four seperate rooms inside, the kitchen and living room are on the ground floor and the bedroom and bathroom are on the top floor. There is even a little bath in the bathroom and a toilet, much to my one year old's delight. She has a facination with toilets at the minute and is constantly telling the dolls 'dont touch!" There is also a little tree outside where the characters or pets can sit. Its a lovely first dolls house and is perfect for any little girl. I actually got mine for 20 pounds in the debenhams sale but considering how much it is used i would happily pay 35 pound for this

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                    16.01.2010 16:39

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                    Enjoyed by my daughter despite doors fallingoff.

                    My daughter was given this for Christmas when she was two. The cottage is very cute and girly, and has plenty of figures. There are people, and also a cat, rabbit and squirell. ther are beds, chairs and a table.

                    The house has given lots of enjoyment, and she loves putting the people into bed and aroung the table to eat. The figures have lots of detail, for example one of the girls has a basket so she makes up stories about what she is doing.

                    The caravan came with the cottage, so she parks this outside the cottage and pretends that they are visiting. My daughter is three and a half and still plays with this toy.

                    The disadvantages are that the doors fall off, so i have put these away as it is frustrating for her when she cant put them back on. The tree top also seems to come off too easily, but that is easily put back on.

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                    12.01.2010 23:43

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                    Fantastic - well worth it!

                    My daughter received a cherry land cottage for Christmas. She just loved it straight away!! We were kicking ourselves that we hadn't got it all out of the packaging the night before as it was held in with so many of those annoying, impossible little ties. once finally in she just loved it!! She really enjoys playing with an adult with it, taking turns to knock at the door and let one of the toy animals or people in or tucking up the squirrel in bed.
                    It is one of the few toys that she is also happy to play with independently for quite a long spell of time - which can be tricky for a just Two Year old! I can see her play developing and becoming more of a role play as she grows older. It comes with a good range of accessories so play is instant without having to buy a set of this or that to accompany it. It has 3 beds, chairs a rocking chair a table of cakes, people and animals - perfect for the wonderful world of a two year old!

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                    31.12.2009 20:02
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                    A good buy at half price.

                    I bought this half price in the sale before christmas for my 2 year old daughter. Its a house with a front and back door that opens up to reveal a living room with table, 3 chairs and a rocking chair, a kitchen with a pet basket sink and opening fridge, then upstairs a bedroom complete with 3 beds and a bathroom with a dressing table. It comes with 3 characters and 3 animals which is enough for the amoonut of furniture and space. I am really impressed and so is my daughter, its sturdy enough for her to play without anything breaking - except the front door keeps falling off but i had a toadstool house from the same range and the door kept falling off that too.
                    All in all a good price for the price I paid but at full price I would probably be a little dissapointed, in fact it would be worth paying a little bit extra and getting a proper wooden dolls house which seeing how much she enjoys playing with this I may invest in for her birthday next year.

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                      23.05.2009 23:46

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                      A great buy with years of fun to be had

                      My daughter got this little house for her 2nd birthday nearly a year ago and it is still well played with. When we first unwrapped it she just used to take all the people and furniture out and move them around... but now she is getting the table and chairs out and having tea parties and putting the little people to bed and having great fun! My point is this toy will appeal to quite a large age range from when they are just moving things around for the sake of it, to when they start to use their imaginations and act out scenarios with the little people. There is a cat in residence and a treehouse with a squirrel and also a little rabbit in a burrow! Its a great product and I love the fact that you can close it up and pop up the handle and take it to Grandmas or a friends house and its all ready to play with again. I would absolutely recommend it and I can see my daughter playing with it for many years to come. Its a shame its coloured with alot of pink though... little boys also love to play with this when they come round. But I bet nobody would buy it for a little boy as its pink and aimed at little girls.

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                    A two storey cottage that opens up to reveal a kitchen, bathroom and a bedroom. Comes complete with dolls and cute pets.