It has snug in the name and the awesome, compact 4 x 4 Waltons Honeypot Snug Wooden Playhouse certainly is that as it can snugly fit into any size of garden thanks to its clever design. This is a lovely smaller sized playhouse that while offering the kids plenty of room to play inside will not take over and dominate your garden. This is one of the most adorable playhouses from Waltons with its high quality looking roof, Georgian style windows and that child friendly door. This is a playhouse that the kids are going to love to play in and you as the adult will enjoy watching them and also really like the way it looks in your garden.
Despite the very affordable cost this is a playhouse that has been made with some very impressively high quality materials. Starting at the top, the apex roof is made with strong boards and then covered with sand felt. Behind the tongue and groove shiplap cladding is a double edge frame and the floor is strong enough to take the weight of a lot of toys and a the kids jumping around having a fantastic time. A lot of care has been taken to make sure this is child friendly such as the door having a safety gap and the windows being made with styrene.
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8.5/10
Value for Money9/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
The 4 x 4 Waltons Honeypot Snug Wooden Playhouse has such a charming look to it that you cannot help, but say, aww when you see it. This is a playhouse that has a compact design so that it is able to be installed in any size of garden. There is no large tower, big base or anything like that to get in the way and take up space. Inside the playhouse you have right around 4 feet of width and depth. To a kid this is going to seem huge and they will be able to have a chair, table and even a whole load of toys and teddies as well. We are very pleased with the floor space that this playhouse is offering. The height of the playhouse is fantastic as along the ridge there is 4 feet 7 inches of headroom. Even at the eaves there is a respectable 2 feet 9 inches of height. So as you can see while this is not going to take up a whole lot of space in your garden it is still going to provide the kids with a lot of room to play.
Waltons use the same kind of roof on most of their playhouses and this is something we are glad they do. They use 8 mm thick solid sheet boarding and then cover it with some very good quality sand felt. One thing that we must mention about the roof is the lovely decoration at the ends. Rather than just use plain basic planks, Waltons have used this very appealing wavy wood that looks very nice.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
Using tongue and groove shiplap cladding was a great decision from Waltons. To start with it gives the playhouse a very wood cabin type of look that is going to go down very well as the kids will feel that they have their very own house. So much so that next time you tell them to tidy up their room, they may decide that they are moving out and living in their playhouse. Despite its very attractive looks, the cladding is 12 mm thick which also makes it strong.
Double framed corners are inside the playhouse and we are actually very impressed with this. From some of the pictures, you can see just how solid the frame is which considering the price is quite remarkable. Waltons are no stranger to children’s playhouses so they know that they require a strong set of bones to handle the kind of insane things kids like to do. We are talking things like Taylor Swift dance parties, WWE wrestling matches and other things that seem then running, jumping and pushing each other around.
We always like the 8 mm solid sheet boarding that Waltons use for the flooring of their kids playhouses. Some people have built this on a portable base, but honestly we feel that this is fine just being built on the ground.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
As is the case with all Waltons playhouses the 4 x 4 Waltons Honeypot Snug Wooden Playhouse will be delivered to you unpainted so it is on you to give it a good coating of wood treatment to protect that wood. Treating the playhouse should be done as soon as you can and then a fresh coating should be applied once a year. One really cool thing that Waltons are doing right now is actually giving you a free tub of wood treatment. They will give you a free tub of golden brown wood treatment. This 5 litre tub is more than enough to coat the playhouse.
Waltons offer one of the best warranties of any shed/playhouse manufacturer. The give you a ten year anti rot guarantee, but in order for this to be valid the playhouse must be treated. Considering that you should be doing this anyway and you are getting a free tub of treatment, we do not see this as a problem at all.
Doors And Windows
The door on this playhouse really is just adorable and as well as being something that is just so charming it is also very well made. To start with this door has a 12 mm gap around it. The reason for this is to protect your children’s fingers from getting trapped in the door. Two large hinges are used to secure the door to the playhouse and make sure it does not sag. The door has a ton of personality thanks to that flower decoration and the round window. One thing that this playhouse has that many others do not is an actual door handle so it is very easy for the kids to get into the playhouse. Speaking of getting into, the door is an impressive, 2 feet wide and 2 feet 10 inches high.
Including the small round window that is right in the middle of that flower decoration, there are four windows. One on each side and then one right on the front. These windows have been given a Georgian style which we love and to make sure they are safe for kids 2 mm thick styrene has been used instead of glass.
Security And Privacy
While there is no lock on the door, the kids can still close the door securely. In general we are pleased with the security this playhouse provides as it is a very strong structure. Just make sure that they are not leaving expensive things like iPad and pricy toys in here.
While there are four windows on the playhouse, we do feel that this can be a private place for the kids to spend time away from mum and dad. The windows are rather large, but some fabric or even some blinds would be a fun way for the kids to stop you looking at what they are doing. Although if they do go in then and then cover up all the windows, you do know that that are clearly up to something.
Customisation Options And Extras
Waltons are not known for letting people tinker with the design of their playhouses and this one follows that trend. You can see from some of the pictures how people have painted this in some very creative ways so that is a way that you could customise the look of the playhouse.
We mentioned before that some people have built this on a porta base. This can be bought as an extra at a cost of, £59.95. As well as this, Waltons do offer an installation service which will seem them build the playhouse for you at a cost of, £109.99.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Waltons have done an amazing job in keeping the price of this playhouse low, but not at the expense of the quality and that really does impress us.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Due to the impressive and long lasting materials this playhouse is going to give the kids years of enjoyment and also you many hours of peace and quiet inside the house.
For the price that they are asking, we feel that 4 x 4 is a very good size and will seem huge for most kids.
Ease of Installation8.5/10
By using the instructions, following the diagrams and being sure to have a friend to help you will see you having this installed in about 3-5 hours.
Value for Money9/10
How Waltons are able to still make a profit on this at, £169.95 is just amazing to us, so yes this is a playhouse that offers amazing value for money.
Final Thoughts: While it may not have a ton of features like other more expensive playhouses, the 4 x 4 Waltons Honeypot Snug Wooden Playhouse is one of the best low priced playhouses we have seen from Waltons. They really have outdone themselves with the look and the overall quality of this playhouse. This will give your kids many years of fun and because of the way that it is made it will probably still be standing long after they are too big to fit inside it. At under £200 this is something that we find very easy to recommend to a parent or grandparent looking for a well made and fun playhouse that is very reasonably priced.