Product Type: ELC Doll
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ELC Rosebud Dolls House
Member Name: karalouk
ELC Rosebud Dolls House
Advantages: It's good quality, looks beautiful, is spacious and FUN!
Disadvantages: Comes with no extras?
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.
Summary: A lovely dolls house from ELC.
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