With an attractive country cottage design, the Waltons Honeypot Bluebell Wooden Tower Playhouse is especially suited to younger children. It is built a lot lower to the floor than a lot of other tower playhouses and it offers potentially hours of fun and adventure for your little ones.
A Shiplap tongue and groove exterior gives the building a very long-lasting design. A wide single door provides easy access whilst three fixed and panelled styrene glazed windows provide plenty of light inside the playhouse.
Thanks to its great quality weather-resistant design, it also comes with a 10 year anti-rot guarantee. For safety purposes, the timber has been planed and rounded, ensuring there is no risk of splinters.
An attractive two-step ladder is included which leads to a spacious decking area in front of the playhouse. It is worth noting that the building doesn’t come pre-painted. So you will receive a natural, wooden playhouse that you will need to paint yourself if you want to achieve the look shown in the picture.
A gentle apex roof covered with sand felt is added, ensuring reliable and effective protection against the elements. This is one of the more simplistic playhouses available on the market and it comes at an extraordinarily low price.
What we rate
12mm tongue and groove cladding
10 year anti rot guarantee
Planed and rounded timber
What we slate
Does not come painted as shown on the picture. You can use coloured treatments or a specialist wooden paint to achieve the colour shown however.
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials9/10
Ease of Installation9/10
Value for Money10/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Building Type and Measurements
Roof height – 5’8”
Eaves height – 5’1”
Door height – 2’11”
Door width – 1’9”
Depth – 3’9”
Width – 4’2”
This tower playhouse is built with young children in mind. Raised only slightly off the ground, it is accessed via a two-step ladder. It benefits from a beautiful country cottage design and offers a spacious area for your children to play in. The outside decking is a great place for your children to play on hot sunny days. They could even imagine they have their own little garden area outside their own ‘home’. The door offers a spacious, wide entry into the playhouse and its interior offers a good amount of play room. The dimensions of the building ensure it should fit comfortably into any size garden.
Roof and Floor
The roof has a very gentle apex design, forming a slight slope which helps to drain water away from the building. It is covered with sand felt and unlike a lot of other models, doesn’t offer a large overhang. This makes it slightly easier to install if you choose to assemble it yourself. The floor and roof are both made from solid sheet board. The roofs material measures 8mm, whilst the floor measures 10mm thick. This is actually the exact same material used in a lot of wooden storage sheds, so it is more than capable of withstanding your child’s weight.
Cladding, Frame and Treatment Requirements
In order to ensure this playhouse really lasts, 12mm Shiplap tongue and groove has been used to construct the walls. It is this which gives it a very rigid and durable design. The panels are fairly wide and between them you will notice a groove which acts as an additional rainwater filter. The tongue and groove creates an interlocking, snug construction, helping to prevent drafts from getting inside. This makes it more comfortable for your children to use during cooler days.
Standard 28mm x 28mm framing is used, though it has been planed and rounded for safety. This gives it a smooth and moisture resistant design, ensuring your children won’t get splinters if they touch it.
A 10 year anti rot guarantee is included, though you will need to treat the playhouse annually to receive it. If you use a spirit based treatment you may be able to apply treatments every other year due to the increased protection they provide. They build a barrier both on the outside of the wood and on the inside, protecting it for longer than surface water treatments.
Doors and Windows
This playhouse comes with three fixed styrene glazed windows and one wide single door. The windows have a cute panelled design and the styrene is 100% shatterproof. This means if your child accidentally breaks any of the windows, as it doesn’t shatter like glass there is a much lower risk of injury. The door’s extra-wide design also ensures your children have spacious room to enter and exit the building. It also features a ledge design which means you can add a hasp and staple or pad bolt, followed by a padlock. This would help you control when your children can and cannot use the playhouse.
Being lower down to the ground than the average tower playhouse, this model is a lot safer for younger children. It also features shatterproof glazing and round edge framing. The framing is a small but excellent quality feature as it is smoothed over to ensure your children will not get any splinters if they touch it. It has been constructed with safety in mind so you can rest at ease knowing your children will be safe as they play.
Customisation Options and Extras
You’ll see that the main customisation options and extras offered are coloured treatments. These can be used to not just protect the playhouse, but also to customise its design. The Cuprinol treatments for example, come in a wide range of colours including Lavender, Country Cream and Seagrass. It is worth noting that these treatments will often require 3 coats in order to achieve a nice, uniformed colouration.
Superior duty felt is one upgrade you will want to think about investing in. The playhouse comes with a heavy duty felt. This is great, but it does feel quite thin to touch. It is also created from minerals which can perish over the years. The superior felt on the other hand is constructed from fibreglass which will not wear down over time. It is also available in either olive green or charcoal so you can use it to further customise the building if you want to.
Out of all of the extras, the installation service is going to prove the most useful. It is pretty costly but it ensures the building is erected in accordance to manufacturer standards. This also ensures maximum safety.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This playhouse has an outstanding design and offers an excellent quality construction. Just to look at it you can tell it has been built with quality in mind.
Longevity of Materials9/10
You are required to treat this building annually, but overall it offers incredible longevity. The exterior is naturally water resistant and once treated should last for up to 10 years.
This is a fairly basic playhouse so it doesn’t come with a long list of features. However, it still provides a fun space for your children to play and has a great attractive design.
Ease of Installation9/10
One of the main benefits of this playhouse’s simplistic design is that it is going to be pretty easy to install. It also doesn’t sit as high up as most tower playhouses so you aren’t going to have many issues there. However, you can take advantage of the installation service if you’d prefer.
Value for Money10/10
This playhouse comes at a very affordable low cost. Considering it will last at least 10 years with the right treatments, you’re getting sensational value for money.
Final Thoughts: Give your children a little place of their own with this incredibly affordable, high quality playhouse. Constructed a lot lower down than the majority of other tower playhouses, this is particularly well-suited to young children. Its walls have been built with very strong Shiplap tongue and groove cladding. It has been given a country cottage design, ensuring it looks great in any garden. Due to its fairly compact size this should fit into most gardens with ease. The planed and rounded framing adds stability as well as eliminating the risk of splinters. Backed by a great 10 year anti-rot guarantee, this is sure to last many years.