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As I mentioned in a previous review my boyfriend got me some Sylvanian Families for my birthday - which may seem a bit of an odd present for a twenty seven year old but it went down well with me. One of the presents he got me was the Applewood Cottage house, which is described on the box as being the ideal starter home for your Sylvanian Families. As I mentioned in my earlier review I loved Sylvanian Families when I was a kid but never had a house for them, so even though it's not a practical gift it was well received. The house was packaged in a cardboard box with a cellophane window so that you could see the contents; the box was just large enough for the house to fit in so no excess packaging on the outside. Inside the accessories were secured on a piece of card with plastic holding them in place, the plastic was just the right size for the accessories so again nothing not needed as I can't think of another way of making sure everything stayed in place. The packaging can be recycled where facilities exist. The house comes in a cream colour with a green roof, and is split over two levels. Each level consists of just one room, giving it a modern open plan feel. The front of the house has a cute bay window which opens, and a window on each side, also an opening front door, which has a covered porch area, the upstairs level is a Dorma style, with the windows being in the roof and gables. The back of the house is fully open to enable you to place your figures and set up the home how you wish - or if you are a bit younger than me easy access for playing with the families. Inside the house there are no stairs, instead there is a ladder which you can position on the open side so that the Sylvanians can get between levels. The house itself is quite small measuring 11" x 7" (at its deepest downstairs) and 11" in height, so if you don't have much space available then this is probably the Sylvanian house to go for - in fact this is why my boyfriend chose this for me rather than a bigger house. Our own house is probably about the same size if you scale things up!! Included with the house is a Sylvanian figure - I got Wren Farthing, I'm not sure if all of them come with this figure but she is pictured on the packaging so I would imagine so, although Wren is a sister figure so she should probably have a responsible adult looking after her. A table and chairs and a range style cooker are also included. I think it's good that the figure and accessories are included as the furniture can work out expensive when you are purchasing individually. So if you were buying this for a child there are few bits with it, meaning you don't have to buy any extras immediately if you don't want to and there are still things for them to play with in the house. As I mentioned previously the house isn't all that big and once fully furnished I could see it getting a bit cramped for the Sylvanian Family living it, especially if they had a child. It is probably more suited to a young Sylvanian couple just setting up their first home, or the older couple. I have a few sets of grandparent figures are have shown interest in the property so a bidding war may ensue. Another feature of the house is that it can be attached to the Applewood Department Store or St Francis School to give them additional levels. My only complaint about the house is that although it says it is suitable for ages 4+ I think the opening door and window could be a little flimsy for younger children and break easily. The RRP of Applewood Cottage is £26.99 but I have seen it for a very reasonable £17.99 at Amazon.co.uk and Play.com Thanks for reading.