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My daughter was spoilt rotten this Christmas by my mum, she easily spent more on her than I did despite me protesting every time she thought of something else to buy her! One thing that she wanted to buy my daughter was a proper wooden dolls house, the one she bought was from Early Learning Centre.
--- Price and assembly ---
This dolls house is part of Early Learning Centres rosebud range so can only be purchased from Early Learning Centre either in store or online but with all ELC products, they can be found for sale from Mothercare and occasionally Amazon too. The full price for this house is £100 but is very often on sale and my mum picked it up when it was half price at £50.
The dolls house comes in quite a large cardboard box that features the cute and girly rosebud design that is found on all of the products in the range. Inside the box are all of the pieces for the house and a set of instructions. The whole assembly process was very simple and only required slotting the different pieces of wood into place. There was a couple of hinges that needed screwing on but these were easy and it took less than 10 minutes in total. Even me, a DIY phobe, didn't come across any problems assembling it.
--- The dolls house ---
The dolls house is quite big at approximately 65cm high, 50cm wide and 20cm deep. It is made from a good quality, quite thick wood so it would be quite hard to break it. The front of the house opens right out so children can get in and reach to all parts of the inside without any problems. There are two panels that make up the front of the house; one side is bigger than the other opening from just beside the door. The roof also lifts up so that you can get to the top level of the house without any problems, this simply just lifts up. There are three floors in total, ground floor, second floor, and attic room. Each floor is accessible via a wooden staircase and a gap in each of the floors.
The overall look of the rosebud dolls house is very cute and girly. The main colour of the house is white but there is a pink roof with white painted on slats to make it look realistic, the roof also has a chimney on each end. The main body of the house is covered in windows, on the front there are six windows and a door and on each side there are another three windows. The windows on the front of the house all have pink shutters so they can be opened and closed. The attention to detail is fantastic and there are flowers, grass and butterflies painted all around the house, the windows even have window boxes!
--- Our opinions ---
I was dreading finding room for everything this Christmas but the dolls house, when it's not in use, doesn't take up very much room. We have it downstairs in our lounge and move the sofa out of the way when my daughter plays with it as she likes to lie down the majority of the time when she is playing with the bottom floors. My daughter doesn't have any trouble in opening the roof or the front of the house, she's worked out that if she opens the front door she can keep pulling and it will open one side of the front.
The window shutters get opened and closed a lot too, my daughter generally closes all of the shutters after she has put her dolls to bed. The constant opening and closing of these means that one shutter has broken off already which is a shame as she hasn't had it that long. Not long enough to break after the price anyway! Thankfully that's the only thing that has broken so far and nothing else shows any sign of wear and tear.
One thing I would have liked with the dolls house is some kind of accessories or dolls with it. It doesn't come with anything in the way of something to play with in it. Early Learning Centre have a range of Rosebud doll and furniture sets but they are pricey at around £15 for a room set. It's one of those toy sets that you can keep adding to, my daughter has quite a few sets to go with her house but there are more she can get in time too.
The recommended age for the house is 3 years and I think this is about right, especially if matching furniture sets are purchased too as they generally contain quite small pieces. I don't think children under the age of three will be able to open it independently and could trap their fingers or something along those lines. I'm glad my daughter got it at this age as it means she can play with it properly.
I'd definitely recommend this ELC Rosebud house, it looks cute and girly and is made to a high standard. I'm a little disappointed that one of the shutters has broken already but that is probably down to my daughter opening and closing it too much. The price is quite expensive but as it's on sale quite often you don't have to pay full price. Just be warned though, the accompanying sets are quite costly too and you'll probably end up spending a small fortune!
From a very young age my daughter really enjoyed toys that made use of imaginative play and role play, so when she was 2 years old we decided to get her a dolls house. We were looking for something that looked classic (wooden, hand painted etc), was a good size, was in our price range (we didn't want to spend hundreds of pounds but we didn't want to buy anything cheap either) and was good quality. The Early Learning Centre Rosebud Dolls House ticked all of those boxes so we went for that one.
The Rosebud Dolls House is available at The Early Learning Centre and Mothercare. We got ours from Mothercare. You can also pick it up from the ELC and Mothercare websites (with free delivery). The Rosebud Dolls House costs £100, although it often seems to have offers on it (particuarly around Christmas time). We paid £80 for ours.
The house comes flat packed in a cardboard box. The box is quite heavy (not too heavy though) and has a clear picture of the house on it, along with instructions inside. The house is surprisingly easy to set up and took us less than 15 minutes to assemble. Most of the house is assembled by sliding in to place. The only part that required a screwdriver were the hinges on the roof.
The Rosebud Dolls House is beautiful. It is mainly white in colour (except for the roof which is all pink) and has a pink and green hand painted flower design all over it (which also features butterflies). I should point out it's slightly different to the photo provided by Dooyoo. On one side of the house is a painted bird bath (with birds inside) and on the other side is an actual little dog house/kennel. The house has a number of windows (including one on either side and one in the roof) which have windowpanes aswell as window shutters! Both windowpanes and window shutters can be opened and closed. There is also a front door that can be opened and closed and 2 chimneys on the roof. There are so many small details that make this house look and feel extra special. It seems as though a lot of thought was put in to the design. For example all of the windows have window boxes underneath and each of the windows (and door) have a heart shape carved out of them. Even the inside of the house is beautifully decorated, with pink floors and pink floral 'wallpaper' throughout.
There are 3 floors - ground floor, second floor and attic (which is in the roof). There is a hole and white wooden staircase on each floor to allow dolls easy access around the house. It is very spacious - there is plenty of room to move dolls around and add furniture. The house is quite a large size - approximately 22" across and 28" tall, so a reasonable sized space should be made for it to be kept. My daughters house is in her bedroom and we keep in on top of a small table - she usually sits on a chair to play on the bottom levels and stands up to play on the top level. There is no reason why the house can't be kept on the floor though. There are 2 large door panels on the front of the house which can be fully opened when in use and closed when not in use. The roof can also be opened - when the roof is fully opened it will hold itself up. The only issue I have with the roof is that it's quite heavy and it can come down with a big crash if knocked or pushed. Admittedly my daughter has never had any accidents with the roof but I am always quite worried that she might squash her little hands or fingers. On the upside, the hinges on the roof are 'safety hinges' which ensure fingers don't get pinched.
The whole outside of the house is made from thick quality wood. It's very sturdy and durable. I would say the only downside is that the sheet of wood around the back of the house (and inbetween levels inside the house) is made from a slightly thinner wood and is slightly more flimsy - I once dropped the house when moving it and it made a dent in the back. If you can avoid moving the house, then you should - on the couple of ocassions that we have moved the house, it has come apart (due to the way it is assembled). I feel these are only minor downsides though, as it doesn't actually affect the way the house is played with.
The recommended age is 3+ years, although as mentioned before I brought the Rosebud House for my daughter when she was 2 years old (she loved it and only used it under supervision). We have now had the house for over 2 years and it is still one of her most played with toys - I'd say it's definitely one of her favourites and one of our best buys! The Rosebud Dolls House comes empty, no extras are included unfortunately. The Early Learning Centre has lots of Rosebud sets available to buy seperately (which generally retail at around £10-£15 each). We have the kitchen set, bathroom set, lounge set, bedroom set, dining room set, pet set and doll family set. The sets are good quality and are just as lovely as the dolls house. They match the house perfectly (similar colours and design) and can be used anywhere in the house (it's open-plan) - my daughter constantly moves around sets to create the perfect home! Not only is the Rosebud Dolls House fun but is has many educational aspects too, which are great for building child developmental skills. Just to list off a few would be role playing, imaginative play and social skills (playing with friends and cousins).
Overall I would say the ELC Rosebud Dolls House is a lovely little house with lots of detail. It's great quality and very spacious. It's priced quite high but in my opinion is good value for money as my daughter has had so much use out of it (and I think will get many more years out of it) and it still looks as good as new! I'm certain any little girl would enjoy this house and am happy to recommend it.
I decided I wanted to get my 2.5 year old a doll's house for Christmas as she really enjoyed playing with one at a friend's house. I looked about and did find them cheaper but the quality just didn't match up to this one so despite the high price I went ahead and bought it.
The house really is beautiful. Outside is beautifully painted with so much detail, it's just wonderful. The roof is painted pink with a roof tile effect and 2 fake chimneys. Each window has a set of pink wooden shutters with heart shapes cut out of them which can be opened and closed. There is painted detail above and below the windows with fake flower boxes under each. The front door can also be opened and closed.
The house is 3 floors with staircases running between each floor. The roof opens upwards and sits back to reveal the third floor. It rests back on the house so does not have to be held open whilst playing. The front consists of 2 doors which open outwards to reveal the bottom and middle floors.
Inside, the walls are also painted pink and cream to imitate wallpaper which is so much nicer than cheaper versions where the inside is just plain wood.
The house comes flat-packed and is heavy but is very easy to put together. Everything just slots together, the only thing that needed to be screwed on were the roof hinges. Once constructed the house is very sturdy and can be moved about easily without falling apart. It took my husband and I about 10 minutes to have it out of the box and constructed and it could easily be dis-assembled should the need arise.
I guess the downside of this product is that it is expensive and does not come with the furniture sets which are also expensive. However, the quality of this house and the matching furniture sets are so high that I can see my daughter getting years and years of enjoyment out of it and it will be worth every penny. I have bought the dining room, kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, pet set and doll set and my daughter spends hours role-playing.
Some furniture sets come with small pieces (For example, the dining room set comes with small plates and cups) which may not be suitable for younger children but these can always be put away for a while until you feel your child is old enough.
The attention to detail on this product and the quality compared to so many others is far superior and I really would recommend spending that extra bit of money, you won't be disappointed.
I purchased this doll's house hoping that my previous negative experiences with Early Learning Centre toys would be quashed. I should have known better!
The age range states the doll's house is suitable from 3 years; however I would say it really is only suitable from 4 or 5. I bought this for my daughter when she was 3 1/2 and have had nothing but problems with it. OK, she may have been a little heavy handed with the doll's house, but to constantly have her coming up to me every 5 minutes saying, "Mummy the door has come off... Mummy the window has come off" suggests to me that either the quality is rubbish or that this item is only suitable for older children.
I paid £80 for this doll's house; and for this much money you don't even get a piece of furniture! Therefore you have to buy all the additional packets of furniture which start from £15. So, to kit out the whole doll's house, you are looking at between £140- £200 depending on what you buy. I feel this is an extortionate mount of money, and for something that breaks constantly! All the furniture is wooden and my daughter also managed to break most of this too.
The doll's house opens up quite wide; it has two front opening parts and the roof also opens to create a large playing space. The roof and two front parts are quite flimsy but they haven't broken as of yet!
The doll's house is pleasant to look at with sweet rose decorations and is wooden which is also an attractive look. However, even if it is pleasant to look at, I would not recommend it to anyone. It breaks far to easily and is so expensive for what it is.
The rosebud dolls house is a beautiful toy that any little girl would be happy to own. My 4 year old received one of these from santa this year and she absolutley loves it. The house looks amazing the colours are really pretty and it is the best dolls house i have seen available. There are loads of lovely details on this house like opening doors and windows which even have little shutters on them. The house is pretty big so theres plenty of space for the room sets that you can buy seperatley. My daughter has enjoyed endless hours of fun and imaginative play from this house and i know it will be a firm favourite for many years to come. The front of the house opens out and the attic space is opened by lifting the roof. We bought the kitchen set, the bathroom, the childrens bedroom and the living room and also recieved the bedroom set free as part of the current offer. These sets fit perfectly in the house although you can also get a couple of other sets i dont think there would be enough room to fit them all in. You can also buy the family sets seperatley and the family pets. The house is quite pricey but for the quality alone it is definatley worth every penny. The house is currentley on offer at the Early Learning Centre for 80 pounds with a bedroom set free. The other room sets are 15 pounds each and the family sets are 10 pounds. You can also get a camper van and horse set which i will be getting for my daughters birthday. These are 25 pounds each. Overall it does cost quite alot of money but it is definatley worth buying as part of a special occasion eg christmas or birthday. My daughter has fallen in love with this toy and so have all her friends who come to visit. If your looking for a dolls house for your little girl then this is definatley the one to get. It also looks great in my daughters bedroom as the colours are so pretty. Im so glad i bought my daughter this its the best toy she has ever had and i could not reccomend it more.
I saw the Rosebud Dolls house on a trip to ELC in November and knew I had to buy it for my 3 year old daughter who loves anything pink and girly. The house was £110 so I decided to go back after I had been paid, and to my delight when I did go back, it was on offer at £20 off, plus I had a voucher entitling me to 20% off any purchase over £50! I couldn't believe my luck and then I realised you also got a free bedroom set when you bought the house! I was over the moon, as it's rare you find something on offer that you intended to buy anyway!
On Christmas Day my daughter was over the moon with the house and totally disregarded all her other presents so she could play with her new house! The house was sold as seen and all the furnitures and dolls were sold seperately. This can soon bump the price up.
The house itself is on three floors, with the roof lifting back and the front of the house swinging right back and has magnets to hold it in place when its not being used. It is quite big (Height: 69 cm, Width: 60 cm, Depth: 34 cm), but it is after all a dolls house so this is to expected. It is very sturdy and made from quite thick wood, with no sharp edges or corners in sight. The front of the house is absolutely beautiful with wooden shutters on all of the windows (which open), lovely flowers painted on the front, and even a dogs kennel attached at the side. There are loads of lifelike details which really helps them use their imagination to play with this.
The house has large open plan spaces, so they can put the little bits and bobs of furniture wherever they like. I also find that this makes playtime easier with my two daughters as they can both play in the same area without being constricted for space.
The house is very easy to build with the parts slotting into place easily. It feels and looks very sturdy and despite the weight and size of this house I am happy to let my two daughters play with this without any worries.
Early Learning Centre say that this toy will help build your childs social skills as well as encouraging them to use their imagination.
The sets available to buy alongside this house are listed below:
Bedroom Set: £12
Pet set: £8
Horse Riding Set: £15
White or black doll families: £15
Dining Room: £15
Childrens Bedroom: £15
Living Room: £15
Rosebud Farm: £40
This is a wonderful dolls house, perfect for younger children. I couldn't recommend it enough.
Absolutely gorgeous three-storey doll's house with fully opening frontage and attic. With doors, windows and shutters to open and close, open staircases and plenty of space to arrange and rearrange the rooms however you like.