Shed Type And Roof Size
The 5 x 5 Waltons Honeypot Poppy Wooden Playhouse has the look of a charming little cabin that you would find while walking through the woods. It just has so much personality that we are sure the parents are going to love having this as part of their garden just as much as the kids enjoy playing inside it. When inside the playhouse the kids will have 4 feet 10 inches of width and 4 feet 9 inches of depth to make use of. This is a nice amount of size and will allow them to bring a whole load of items inside here. There is plenty of headroom as the ridge height is 5 feet and the eaves, 3 feet 11 inches.
This playhouse has a very interesting and somewhat unique little area just before you get to the door. It is made with tongue and groove boards and would serve well as a place for the kids to wipe their feet before they go inside or even as a place to have a plant or just put a few of their teddies on for show. This area is covered by the roof and it also has a little extra framing which helps add to the charm of the playhouse.
Waltons have used an apex roof on this playhouse as we just mentioned it sticks out a little further than normal in order to cover the little area before you enter the playhouse and we really like how this looks. Structurally the roof is very strong as it is made with 8 mm thick, solid sheet boards, covered with high quality roofing felt.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
We have seen Waltons use 12 mm thick, tongue and groove shiplap cladding on many of their playhouses, but there is just something extra special about this one. Of course this is strong and will not allow any water in, but we really cannot praise how fantastic this looks highly enough.
Even though this is a pretty, charming and just generally very nice playhouse. Waltons still know that kids have a knack for turning a friendly little get together with their friends into some kind of wild party that sees them jumping around and going crazy. Well to deal with this and also make sure the playhouse is still standing even when the kids are too big to get inside, they have used a very impressive, 28 mm x 28 mm frame.
Rather than use cheap plywood in order to keep the costs down, Waltons have used a thicker version of the solid sheet boarding that is in the roof. Here it is 10 mm instead of 8 mm and that little extra thickness is going to make sure that when the kids are jumping around or when they have more toys than a toy shop in here that the floor can take it.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
As is the case with most other Waltons playhouses this one will be delivered to you unpainted. The timber will need to be treated in order to protect it from rot. It is always best to do this as soon as you can and also once a year and then you will never have any issues with rot. One really amazing thing that Waltons are doing is giving a free tub of golden brown wood treatment with this playhouse which will make the timber look even better.
In order for the ten year anti rot guarantee to be valid, you have to treat the playhouse with wood treatment. It does not have to be the one you get free it could be a different one if you like, but a coating of treatment must be applied.
Doors And Windows
One of the most impressive things about the door on the 5 x 5 Waltons Honeypot Poppy Wooden Playhouse is how there is a 12 mm gap around the edges. This is to take away the risk of the kids hurting their fingers in the door. Strong hinges have been used so that the door does not sag over the years and in general a lot of work has clearly gone into making sure this is child safe. At 3 feet 6 inches high and right around 2 feet wide it is more than large enough for kids to bring their toys in. From a design point of view we absolutely love how this door looks with its Georgian window and large door knob it certainly is a very inviting and friendly looking door.
Along with the window on the door there are another three Georgian style windows. All four of these windows have been made with styrene instead of glass. Not just any styrene, but 2 mm thick shatterproof styrene. These will ensure there is no broken glass around and they also look fantastic as well.
Security And Privacy
While the actual playhouse is very solid and does have a secure feel it does not come with any kind of locking mechanism. To be fair this is the case with pretty much every playhouse on the market these days as you do not want the kids to struggle to get in and out.
With the four windows and the adorable look, this is going to get quite a bit of attention so the kids may get sick of all the grownups looking at their playhouse. Well one way to get around this would be with some fabric over the windows or even a set of blinds.
Customisation Options And Extras
There is not any customisation options available when you order the playhouse, but one thing you could do is use a brighter coloured wood treatment which would change the look a little bit. Or you could even paint it a few different colours, you can see from the pictures how painting the playhouse can dramatically alter the look of it.
Waltons have this adorable, kitchen playset that you can add as an extra for, £49.99. All kids seem to love to pretend to cook and this kitchen goes very well with the playhouse. You can pay £34.95 to upgrade the roofing felt to a 10 mm superior felt. If you do this then you can choose between, olive green and charcoal. Last of all we have their installation service which costs, £109.99. This is handy if you are not too keen on DIY, but it is one of the more expensive installation services we have seen.
Just from the first glance, you can tell that Waltons have made one very high quality playhouse here and they have done so without having to raise the price.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
With just a little bit of TLC from you in the form of treating the timber, we see the kids playing with this for lots of years.
While not huge to an adult, 5 x 5 is more than enough room for kids to play. Also this size means that those of you with smaller gardens should not have any issues with this playhouse as it does not take up a whole lot of space.
Ease of Installation 8.5/10
We would say that around 4 hours is what it would take to build this. It comes with instructions and is a fairly straightforward job. Just be sure to decide before you start who is in charge of making the tea.
While this is not a playhouse that is full of extra features there is still a lot of fun for the kids to have here and at just over £200, we feel it is very reasonably priced.
Final Thoughts: We really do like the 5 x 5 Waltons Honeypot Poppy Wooden Playhouse it is just so adorable. While it may lack a slide, ladder or other features it makes up for this by offering the kids just a very fun and safe place for them to play with their toys or with their little buddies. Let us tell you that, you will enjoy this just as much as they do as it is a lot of fun watching the kids use their imaginations when they play. It is very well made, will last you many, many years and it is also priced very fairly. If you are looking for a high quality playhouse that is not too expensive, then this one right here is something we highly recommend
Prices around: £229.95
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