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I bought this Dolls House for my Daughter last christmas, as she had been asking constanty for one and in my opinion, every little girl should have one - no matter how big or small the child or the dolls house.
I had been searching for one for around a month before I found this. I was delighted with it as every dolls house that I had seen came with limited or no furnature. Researching furnature separatly I found that I might aswell buy a much more expensive house just to get a decent amount of furnature as I found it rather dear to buy separatley.
You can imagine my delight when I found this house advertised in Toys R Us for 49.99, down from 99.99 complete with 100 pcs furnature.
The house itself is flat pack (although very easy to assemble) and stands around 70cm tall 20cm deep and 55cm wide. It is four floors high which turn into 7 rooms including one large attic with 3 sets of stairs. The dolls house opens on hinges with the front of the house separated into one third and two thirds of its front when opened and when closed, stays cosed due to the small magnets strategically located on the inside of the doors and house. Also the front panel of the rof lifts off as it is not attatched, it just sits using the two jigsaw piece type half circle ledges.
The front has 8 traditional windows (5 large, 3 smaller) with window ledges above and below. The roof has a tile effect front rim and there are two chimneys on the top of the roof.
The 100pc furnature (1:16 Scale) are all fully assembles and packed into various cardboard boxes relating to which room they are for and labelled accordingly.
It consists of a family (Mummy, Daddy and 3 Kids) with wooden bodies, wollen hair and fabric clothing.
The Living Room - One Large and Two Smaller Sofa, complete with cushions, Round Side Table, TV, Stereo ans Speakers, Telephone, TV Cabinet, Standing Lamp (with pull cord) and BookCase with 4 sets of 5 Books.
The Kitchen - Sink (with attatched fluffy tea towel), Cooker, Washing Machine, Fridge Freezer, Swing Bin, Dining Cabinet and various Pots and Pans.
The Dining Room - Dining Table and 4 Chairs (with tablecloth and chair cushions), Glasses, Plates and Cups, Vase with a Flower in, Cabinet and Wine Bottles.
Childrens Rooms - Bunk Beds with Ladder (also bedding and pillows), Rocking Chair (with cushion), Rocking Crib, Cabinet and various little toys including a Toy Train.
Parents Bedroom - Wardrobe, Dresser (with round mirror), Double Bed (with Bedding and Pillows), Alarm Clock, Two Bedside Tables and Lamps and a Small Stool.
Bathroom - Bath (with blue fluffy towel attatched), Toilet, Toilet Roll Holder (with wooden toilet roll attatched with gold elastic), Mop and Bucket, Sink and various bottles, i.e. shampoo and bubble bath.
To buy all of this separarate, it would have cost much more than the original price of 99.99, it is an absolute bargain and is played with by my daughter nearly every day.
I painted the house myself - and all of the furnature (glutton for punishment) in pinks and purples and when I had finished it looked incredible (if I do say so myself!). It can be painted with ease as the wood is not treated and only takes one coat of paint.
The only things in my opinion which lets the house down is the fact that the doors on the wardrobe and some of the cupboards open but none of the others do and the toilet seat doesn't lift up. Also the house is rather big for all of the furnature, not that my daughter minds as she can incorporate some of her other toys into the fun aswell.
I think that this is the only toy that I do not nag her to put away because I know that if she doesn't then I get to have my time and can arrange it the way that I want to.
Suitable for children big and small!! A real diamond of a Dolls House and an absolute Bargain!!
We bought this for my daughter from Toys R Us online - it was only £49.99 which seemed incredibly cheap especially as this included all the furniture. Other similar styles can be at least twice this price so I wasn't really sure what to expect and was hoping for something that wasn't of poor quality at such a cheap price.
I've noticed it is still that cheap from them despite the fact they make out it is'normally' £99.99 - we purchased ours 3 years ago!
However, on putting the house together me and hubbie were pleasantly surprised that it was a beautiful (not so little) house. The quality is very good (I have seen slightly better but only from the very expensive ones). The door opens fully at the front and the roof comes off so that she can play with the dolls very easily and there is tons of furniture which if you were to purchase something similar from elc would cost a small fortune.
The one let down was that it is so plain and comes unpainted. However we turned this into an advantage by cutomising it. Before her birthday we painted the front in a Georgian primrose yellow with white window sills and used a flower transfer of a rambling rose to go around the door frame. The door we painted in gloss black with gold paint for the door handle and we purchased small brick paper specifically for dolls houses from ebay which we used to paste onto either side of the exterior walls as Georgian houses traditionally have this.
We left the inside undecorated so she could help select what colours she would have the floors and walls - ebay have a fantastic selection!
So I think because of this although we had to put a bit of work in it made the dolls house more special.
Bad points that I would have to mention include - although this is narrow in depth it is fairly wide (55cm) and is tall (70cm) so it does take up a lot of room particularly when it is being played with. Although there again it is a lovely piece to go into a girls bedroom and we bought it because we liked the idea of her having a big dolls house in her room.
Secondly, the roof has a tendency to fall off and will do so if you open the front part before taking the roof off (something little ones can't always get their head round until it lands on their head! ouch!)
Thirdly, my little girl does prefer her carry around dolls house although there again she is still playing with this 3 years on so for under £50 as far as I am concerned it is a beauty of a bargain!
My daughter had this as a Christmas present in 2008 and I am please to say its still going strong and still loved just as much.
Apparently to RRP is £100 from Toys R Us but we purchased it from there for £49.99 - I have seen it full price but they regularly drop it to half price around Christmas.
The dolls house is flat packed and comes in a large box. There are 100 accessories included so the box says - I never personally counted them so I'll assume its true! All of the accessories for each room are packed in a seperate box eg in the box for the kitchen there is a cooker, fridge,sink, washing machine cups, saucers etc, in the bedroom, bed, bedside table,wardrobe lamp etc - you get the picture! All soft furnishings such as quilt, pillows, table cloths etc are included too! There is even a doll family in the box as well - mum, dad, brother, sister and baby! As absolutely everything is included there is no need to buy any extras to go inside! (we did though as I felt the need for Christmas tree, Santa, Sleigh and Reindeer!! Oh and a few other bits and bobs like light up lamps!)
The house was easy to put together - all the holes are pre-drilled and all the screws and necessary bits are included. Once assembled the house measures approx 72cm tall, 50cm wide and is about 20cm deep. It is made from thin balsa wood so isn't too strong and is pretty light but amazingly we havent pulled it over or anything in 12 months! The house has 4 floors in total for your new wooden family to live in. The house is essentially a cupboard with 3 shelves! The front of the house is split in 2 - each side is hinged and opens like a door and they keep closed with small magnets. The windows are not glazed but this is not a problem. The front door opens and the front of the roof lifts off to reveal the attic room. The only problem we have had with this is that my daughter has opened the front a couple of times, dragging the roof off onto her toes! If you get one you must remember to take the roof off first!
The house is lovely, traditional and basic, very plain so it would be easy to decorate. We painted the roof and front door red on ours and varnished the outside.
The age recommendation is for 3 years+ but some of the bits included are very small for example the cups and plates etc so if your child is still into putting small things in their nose/mouth/ear take them out until they are a bit older! All of the accessories are quite chunky though so they are aeasy for little hands to hold.
The only critisism I have is that the house isn't deep enough to fit all of the furniture in easily. While its nice to have so much included they could make it slightly deeper so that you can actually play in it! My daughter isn't put off in any way by that as most of it is over the living room anyway when she is playing.
My daughter has had hours of fun playing with this and making up her own little stories. She is happy for her Sylvanian families to visit too. Fantastic value toy in my opinion but loses a star cos we can't fit everything in!!
I bought this for my daughter about three years ago from Toys R Us. It was priced at £49.99 and marketed as half price. We wanted to get her a wooden dolls house hoping it would last her longer. The other benefit was that it came supplied with enough furniture and a family, so she could play straight away.
It is now three years later and although she has since lost the majority of the furniture and the family, the house is still in good condition. The general design of the house is surprisingly sturdy. When fixed together, it looked as if it would be flimsy, but I was pleasantly surprised.
As she has grown older, she has still not lost interest and because it looks quite grown up - rather than the plastic dolls houses - she has now renewed interest thanks to Hobby craft opening near to us. She has begun to invest money into smartening it up with carpets and wallpaper.
In this way the dolls house is quite versatile and a good investment. I am really pleased with the quality given the amount of time it has lasted - and my daughter is not the most gentle with her toys. It has four room and an attic room with connecting stairs. The construction is fairly easy and once set up, it is all accessible due to the hinged front.
It has grown up alongside her and I would recommend to anybody thinking of buying a first proper dolls house.
This was my eldest daughter's main Christmas present this year. It was half price in Toys R Us so we paid £49.99 for it including 100 pieces of furniture, people etc. I'm not sure if it stands at this offer price all year round, or if it was just mainly for the Christmas market, but it has been marked down for quite some time now.
Anyway, the reason we bought it was because my daughter's older cousins both have this exact house as well and she always plays with it whenever she is at either of their houses, so we thought it was an ideal gift for her. She's nearly 3 so is at that age where she is role-playing and making up stories etc, and this dolls house is ideal for her to disappear into her own world.
The house itself comes flat-packed so obviously has to be assembled before use. My husband put it together on Christmas Eve, so there would be no waiting on Christmas Day for my daughter, she would be able to play with it straight away. What we did notice while trying to put it together was that the pictures on the instructions were slightly different to what you get in the box, the holes for the stairways were in slightly different places, now this didn't affect the way house fitted together, but we thought that maybe this might have been why is was reduced in price.
Anyway, once we had overcome this hurdle and realised that it didn't really matter where the stairs went, the house came together quite easily, it was just a matter of screwing the floors into position and the doors on etc, very easy for a man!!
Once assembled, the house stands quite tall, the exact dimensions are 55cm wide, 70cm tall and 20cm deep. So as you can tell there's not a lot of depth to it, but it's very tall and wide. Inside the house there are 4 floors with 2 rooms on each of the first 3 floors and a large attic room at the top. The rooms on the first 3 floors are not split down the middle, you get a large room on the left and a smaller room on the right. The front of the house opens right out and the roof comes off so you get full access to the entire house for maximum play. The doors are hinged and swing open quite easily, but they also attach to the house with magnets when they are closed. But these are quite weak magnets so the house isn't pulled over every time my daughters open the doors!
The house is quite sturdy when together and I don't think there's any chance of it falling apart any time soon, it also stands firmly on the floor, no-one has pulled it over...yet.
The accessories you get with the house include the doll family (mum, dad, boy, girl and baby), furniture for the dining room, kitchen, sitting room, bedroom, kids room and bathroom. Items include beds, sofas, bunk beds, cooker, sink, toilet, bath...all the usual stuff you find in a house; but you also get little details like a quilts & pillows, cushions for chairs, a vase of flowers, a mop and bucket, a stereo with speakers, lots of tiny items like pots & pans, cups, plates, bottles, books for the bookshelves etc.
There are actually 7 rooms in the house, but this kit only comes with items for 6 rooms, so I'm presuming one of the rooms in the house is perhaps meant to be a junk room! I have tried, with my daughter's help, to arrange all the furniture into the correct rooms, but somehow it doesn't all seem to fit with ease.
The bathroom and kitchen equipment seem to fit fine as does the attic room, but when it comes to the main bedroom and living room there seems to be too much and it becomes difficult to arrange everything into a comfortable arrangement. And this does actually hinder my daughter's play time with it because she gets annoyed with all the furniture being in the way. Also the very small items such as the cups and saucers are quite fiddly and considering this is aimed at 3 year olds, I would say these could probably have been left out. But then again, as my daughter gets older I'm sure she will be able to handle these parts a lot easier. But with me having a 14 month old in the house as well, who likes to eat everything, these are quiet a hazard at the moment!
The furniture that has doors on such as small cupboards and wardrobes do not have opening doors, and the toilet seat does not lift up. The oven and fridge doors also do not open whereas they did on my neice's earlier versions of this house, which is strange. Now I know that opening doors would probably make it a more expensive house and more chance of items breaking, but this aspect has quite frustrated my daughter because she likes little things with opening doors, and can't understand why the toilet lid doesn't lift up when someone needs a wee! It's a minor detail but one worth considering when you don't get to see the items before buying.
Another thing that I'm not keen on with this house is that it is all just plain wood...and I like things to be colourful. We did look at a house in ELC but it was much more expensive and you had to buy the furniture kits separately, which really bumped up the price, but because it was all nicely painted, I was tempted, but then I came to my senses and couldn't resist this bargain.
Despite those tiny drawbacks, my daughter does love this house and has played with it most days since Christmas (and doesn't mind the plain wood). I know you might think I am reviewing a bit early because Christmas was only a couple of weeks ago, but this house (or one the same) has been played with by my daughter in other people's house for quite some time now and she always enjoys it. She likes to mop up with the tiny mop and bucket, and she likes to put Mum and Dad to bed, put baby in the crib, and just general pretend play. She enjoys rearranging the furniture and tidying up, and sometimes I find that she has piled everything into the attic. Why she does this I don't know!
All in all this is a great buy, for £49.99 you can't really go wrong and it comes complete with all the accessories you need so you don't need to spend any more money. But if you are like me and like things to be decorated, you could end up spending more to put wallpaper on the walls, carpet on the floors etc. I have actually seen a doll's house shop and it's quite amazing the accessories you can buy for houses such as these and the prices you can pay for them!!
As with many of the other reviews I have read about this wooden dolls house, I also purchased this model for my daughter last Christmas, however we weren't so luck as others have been to pick one up half price from toys r us, I paid around £70 for this item including the furniture from EBay.
Last Christmas I found that there weren't a lot of choice when it came to purchasing a wooden dolls house at a reasonable price, therefore that's why we chose this particular one, as it came complete with all the furniture and dolls, (over 100 pieces including tiny pots and pans), therefore no extra spending as we found with the wooden dolls house from the Early Learning Centre, where you have to purchase all of the room furniture and the dolls separately.
The wooden doll's house came flat packed, but it had all of the holes pre drilled and it was quite easy as it came with simple to follow instructions and the screws we needed.
My daughter still plays with it now most days, it is the best thing we have ever bought her and she was over the moon when Santa placed it under her Christmas tree last year! (What else could any parent wish for?)
It is dull in colour, however it could be painted. (I haven't painted ours.)
The dolls house is 4 floors high; it has 7 rooms including the loft room.
Its measurements are: W 55cm x D 21cm x H 69cm
Some of the pieces which come with the dolls house are very small, therefore I would recommend full supervision with smaller children, or remove the tiny items until they are a little older.
This was purchased last Christmas for my daughter as she had been asking for a dolls house and we thought this looked good value for money.
It was not what we expected. The rooms are very small and as a result the only furniture that fits into the dolls house is what is provided with the house. My daughter was really disappointed with this as she had been given some money to go and buy some additions to the house, even dolls that can be purchased do not fit in this house.
For the price of the dolls house I felt very let down. Ok so it has all the pieces that you may need but they are not the best quality and they are so boring hence why my daughter was hoping to chance them room by room.
The quality of the house itself is quite good and we painted ours so it did not look so plain and it looked even better once it was painted.
Overall I would say that this is perhaps more suited to younger children - my friends 2 year old used to love playing with it just a shame the same cannot be said for my 5 year old. I think also it is great for children who have not played with a proper dolls house like my daughter had as she knew what she was missing out on.
I bought this dolls house for my little girl last Christmas. It was reduced from £100 to 49.99 in Toys R Us. I am pretty sure the £50 is the correct price for the item though as this house seems to always be half price.
The house came flat packed and was very simple to put together. A few basic screws into pre cut holes. When constructed it stands about 80cm high and is about 50cm wide.
The house is made of soft balsa wood so it isn't the sturdiest of items but when put together it is steady enough for a child to play with although it can be easily knocked over.
The house has four floors including the attic. There are two rooms each on the first three floors and then the attic is one single room.
The front of the house is two sections which open out and the roof comes off. One word of warning with this is the roof is relatively heavy and if you have a younger child like myself they can forget to take the roof off first before opening the doors. This has resulted in the roof falling on to my little girls toes on many an occassion.
The house is very basic and obviously mass produced so it isn't the best quality. We found on ours that the two doors didn't quite align which meant the doors wouldn't stay closed. We had to improvise with a hairband to keep the doors shut which becomes a little tiresome.
Included with the house is around 100 individual pieces. When you unpack the house there are several smaller boxes. These contain room packs. For example there is one box which says kitchen and within that is all the kitchen furniture including a cupboard, cooker, washing machine etc.
There is a pack for each room and each has several individual pieces of furniture. There are some soft furnishes included and you also receive a family of dolls. A mummy, daddy, two children and a baby.
Although we have left our house plain it would be easy to decorate. The simple design makes it an ideal canvas for a little one to decorate.
This dolls house is basic but good value for money. It may not be the best quality but you get a lot of pieces of your money and it has been played with most days in my house for a year now and is still in good condition.
We bought one of these dolls houses from Toys R Us last November (2007) as a Christmas gift for our three year old daughter.
We bought the dolls house from Toy R Us as it was bigger than any others we had seen and it was advertised as being half price at £49.99 down from £99.99. It is still half price a year later (Nov 2008) so I assume that £49.99 is the correct price rather than the sale price.
The dolls house comes flat packed in a rather large box and comes complete with furniture and a doll family. The house is made of wood but it is very flimsy and not very thick. All the pieces inside are made of wood with the exception of the soft furnishings provided. Once build the dolls house stands at about 70cm high by 55cm wide so it needs a bit of space.
I left the building of the dolls house to my husband on Christmas Eve and he managed to put it all together in about an hour. Some parts were a bit fiddly but he did it without too much swearing or cursing. Once it's built the house it quite sturdy and stands quite well but there isn't much weight to it and it can be pulled over or moved about easily. The front of the roof lifts off in one piece to access an attic room and there are three other floors. To get inside the front is split into sections that open fully on four hinges like big doors. Maybe it is my husbands construction but the roof part doesn't fit very well and you end up having to balance it as it doesn't sit well on the supports. The doors open nicely apart from dragging on the carpet and seem to close together well. However the hinges were very flimsy and we lost a door after only a couple of months. The whole thing is made of untreated wood so you could paint and decorate it as you wished adding carpet or wallpaper. The windows do not have any glazing and are just cut out of the wood. The front door can be open and closed.
The fixtures and fitting all come in separate boxes inside the main box and they are all marked with the name of the room. The furniture you receive includes:
The kitchen - a sink, a cooker and hob, a swing bin, a fridge and a dresser.
The dinning room - a table and chairs, table cloth, seat cushions, a dresser, a cocktail cabinet, wine bottles, a vase of flowers and cups and plates.
The living room - three sofa and seat cushions, a media cabinet complete with television dvd and books, a standard lamp, a coffee table, a clock, a table lamp and a telephone.
The bathroom - a bath, a shower, a toilet, a sink, a toilet roll holder and a bucket and mop.
The master bedroom - a double bed and bedding, two bedside tables, two lamps, a dressing table and stool and a wardrobe.
The nursery, a cot, a highchair, a bedside cabinet, a rocking horse and a toy train.
The children's bedroom - a bunkbed with ladder and bedding and rocking chair.
You also get a family of dolls with a Mummy, Daddy and three children. The dolls are made of wood but are clothed and have woollen hair.
I was pleased with the amount of items that you got to go inside the dolls house and the quality of the pieces after being a little disappointed with the quality of the house itself.
My daughter loves the dolls house and it is played with on an almost daily basis. Apart from one of the doors coming off we have had no other breakage's in the past year. My youngest child has just turned one and he did eat the hair off the dolls and the flowers from the vase but these were soon repaired.
My only real complaint about the dolls house apart from the quality of the house is that it is difficult to fit all the furniture into the suggested rooms. There seems to be a lot of bathroom furniture but hardly anything for the kitchen. The layout currently showing on the Toy R Us website www.toysrus.co.uk is slightly different to the one we received. This is only a little thing though and once my children are playing they move all the stuff around and leave most of it all over the carpet.
My eight year old nephew also loves this dolls house and regularly redesigns all the rooms. We haven't decorated our dolls house but I think this would be easy to do and my sister has suggested requesting carpet swatches from companies to add a bit of nice flooring.
Overall I have been very pleased with the way my daughter has enjoyed the dolls house and feel that for her age this is ideal. Some dolls houses are over £100 just for the house and then you have to buy the furniture separately. I don't think I would have paid the full £100 for this as it is not worth that amount of money in my opinion. I don't like putting it all away at the end of the day and searching for all the pieces to go back into the house so that they aren't eaten or trodden on. I have long since given up making up each room when I tidy it away and now just throw all the bits in and leave it to my children to sort out how they want it the next time.
For a younger child this dolls house has everything you need at a reasonable price. There is nothing fancy about this dolls house and I think a real enthusiast would be horrified at it's simplicity but it's just the thing for little girls. My daughter likes her Peppa Pig characters to live in the dolls house and she parks their camper van up outside She has even added a little cat ornament that now lives in the house so that the family have a pet.
I would recommend this dolls house if you are looking for something basic for a younger child. I think an older child would probably have fun decorating the house so it would suit all ages. I think the simplicity adds to the amount of fun you can get from it.
The house has 4 storeys, hinged opening front and removable roof.