Shed Type And Roof Size
We have seen many playhouses from Waltons, but the 7 x 5 Waltons Honeypot Snowdrop Cottage Wooden Playhouse with Loft, certainly is going to be very hard to top. Honestly we do not know any other manufacturer who manages to make playhouses that not only meet all child safety requirements, but also make them look just so fantastic. From the first pictures you can see just what a gorgeous two storey playhouse this is. Inside on the bottom floor of the playhouse the kids will have 6 feet 9 inches of width and 4 feet 7 inches of depth to make use of. As you can see from the pictures it really is quite spacious. Then of course there is also the added benefit of the loft which can be reached with a strong, child safe ladder which then gives them even more room to make use of. This is quite a high structure with the highest point of the playhouse being, 6 feet 7 inches, of course the loft section will not have as much headroom as the lower section, but we really do not think the kids will mind. The loft area has a very nice safety railing so that they cannot fall or more likely jump off. Let us tell you getting the kids to stop playing in here and come in for their tea is going to be quite the challenge.
Due to the loft the apex roof on here has a very interesting look in that it slopes further on one side. We always love when a playhouse or even a shed does something a little bit different so this is a design choice we are glad they made. Like their other playhouses, Waltons have used strong, 8 mm thick solid sheet boarding for the roof. They have then covered with some high quality sand felt which will keep the rain away.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
At 12 mm thick the smooth tongue and groove shiplap cladding is really going to catch people’s eye as they are in your garden. We really do love the look of this and are certain that due to the thickness and the way this cladding is put together that no water is going to make its way inside here.
So the children can have many play dates, tea parties, teddy bear sleepovers and other fun activities, Waltons have used their 28 mm x 28 mm frame inside here. For a playhouse this frame just gets the job done so incredibly well. Weaker, thinner frames tend to get flimsy over time, but that will not be the case here at all.
At 10 mm thick, the solid sheet boarding used for the floor is strong enough to take a lot of weight. They can pack this playhouse with their friends both real and stuffed and the floor will happily take it. We like this kind of flooring as while it is strong it does not have a negative effect on the price of the playhouse.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
You get a free treatment with the 7 x 5 Waltons Honeypot Snowdrop Cottage Wooden Playhouse with Loft which is great, but the actual playhouse is not treated when it is delivered to you. What you get is a free 5 litre tub of golden brown treatment. We really like this as treating the playhouse has to be done anyway and on an annual basis and at least this way it gets you into the swing of doing it yourself. You treat this shortly after construction and then once a year and you will find that wood stays looking smooth and most importantly rot free.
The generous ten year guarantee that Waltons give you is dependent on you treating the playhouse, but that is something you should be doing anyway so we do not see this as something that is harsh or a bad thing.
Doors And Windows
One of the first thing little kids are going to notice is that adorable butterfly decoration that is on the door, but the real star on the door is those three large hinges that are going to make sure the door stays where it is and that the gap around the edges to prevent the kids trapping their fingers never goes away. The door is very height at over 4 feet and with a width of, 2 feet this is one of the largest doors we have seen on a playhouse.
Three shatterproof styrene windows are on the playhouse. These are 2 mm thick and are much better than glass when it comes to a playhouse. There is one window on the side, but it is the two on the front that really capture your attention. These windows have decorative shutters and a window box that they can put some plants in or even just fill up with some toys. We really like these windows and they do help give the playhouse a little bit more charm.
Security And Privacy
The door is very solid and comes with a proper door knob and thanks to those three high quality hinges, closing the door is never going to be an issue. There is no lock included, but a lock on a playhouse always tends to be more hassle for mum and dad than it is worth so we would not recommend installing one.
Even with the three windows this is actually a fairly private playhouse. The windows on the front do not let you see into the whole playhouse, but at the same time they do let in a lot of light. So while we are sure privacy is never going to be a concern of the kids if they do want to hide from you or their little friends then they will be able to do so in here.
Customisation Options And Extras
Like with their other playhouses, Waltons are not letting you tinker with the design on this. As you can see from the pictures some people have done a great job in painting the playhouse in some very colourful designs so you could try that. Of course there are also those two window boxes where you could put some plants or something else in to decorate the playhouse a little bit.
Waltons have a plum playhouse kitchen that can be added for £49.99, to be honest for the quality of this, we feel this is a very fair price. It has a little oven, sink and washing machine in it for them to play with. Superior roofing felt can be added this is 10 mm and comes in charcoal and olive green, these cost £34.99 each, but to be honest we feel the felt that comes with it is fine. The last thing we have to tell you about is their installation service which is priced at a rather high in our opinion £199.99.
How this is priced at what it is really has us shocked. This is high quality through and through and of course it is also very easy on the eyes as well.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
Your children will be able to use this for many years thanks to the materials which have been used. Waltons used materials that are long lasting, but also made sure they did not make the price go up significantly.
This is a very good sized playhouse the floor space along s very impressive, but you also have the loft section as well so there is plenty of room for them to play and store things.
Ease of Installation 8/10
As this is a rather high structure a friend to help is highly recommended as it following the instructions closely. You do this and you should have this built in around 4-6 hours.
We know that £399.95 may be a little more than you would want to pay for a playhouse, but for that money you are getting a very high quality and just drop dead gorgeous playhouse that they will adore.
Final Thoughts: The 7 x 5 Waltons Honeypot Snowdrop Cottage Wooden Playhouse with Loft gives off such a strong first impression, we are sure many of you had to resist the urge to hit the buy it button the moment you saw it. The room inside is fantastic and of course there are two floors for them to make use of. The overall design of this is just so well done and the little things like the decorative shutters, window boxes and the design of the roof make it one of the best looking playhouses Waltons have done. Sure just under £400 may seem a lot to pay for a playhouse, but when it is as well made, long lasting and just gorgeous like this one is, you are sometimes better saving up a little longer to get something a little nicer than buying something just because it is cheap. We highly recommend this playhouse and are positive that your kids will love it.
Prices around: £399.95
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