The 9 x 5 Winnie The Pooh Axi Playhouse is pretty much impossible not to fall in love with the first time you see it. With the highly detailed Winnie The Pooh and Tigger decorations staring at you almost inviting you to come and play. This is a playhouse that is all about young children having fun and using their imagination. It has been designed to look like a house you would actually see in the 100 Acre Wood and they really have done an incredible job. There is a little ladder for them to climb, a bell to ring, a porch to play on and of course a red slide that they, Winnie The Pooh and Tigger can go down.
Despite the cutesy appearance this is one of the most robust child playhouses that you can buy. 15 mm thick tongue and groove shiplap cladding and a 38 mm round edged frame give this a very solid feel. The floor and the roof are equally as strong which is a good thing is some 100 Acre Wood dance parties are going to be happening inside here. The windows and the door have a fun look to them, but these have also been designed to be very strong and child safe as well.
What we rate
Great use of the Winnie The Pooh license
Ideal for younger kids
Looks just like a house from the movies and TV show
Is incredibly strong and long lasting
Has a ladder and a fun slide
What we slate
Getting the kids to stop playing in here is going to be tough
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8/10
Value for Money8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
You know, if there was a competition for the world’s cutest playhouse, I think that we may have just found the winner in the 9 x 5 Winnie The Pooh Axi Playhouse. Clearly designed for younger children who love to watch Winnie The Pooh movies, the TV show on Disney Jr or just play with their Pooh and friends teddies, this playhouse is going to put a lot of smiles on their little face. The crooked cottage look of this makes it unlike any other playhouse we have ever seen. At, 9 feet wide and 5 feet 1 inch wide it is quite the impressive structure. The actual playhouse has plenty of room for them to play with their friends or just hide from the Heffalumps and Woozles that may be trying to steal Winnie The Pooh’s honey.
There are a number of features with this playhouse. The first one we have to talk about is the high quality wooden Winnie The Pooh and Tigger decorations that are on the front. Kids are going to love these and we are sure they are going to get a lot of attention. This is a small tower playhouse so it has a little child safe ladder on one side and then a fun slide on the other. In between this and just outside the playhouse is one of the most adorable little decking areas we have ever seen. We are sure you are going to get many photos of your child standing next to the Winnie The Pooh decoration that is one the safety railings. While this is a tower playhouse it is not very high and the ladder only has a couple of rungs which as you can see are very thick so small children will be able to climb up easily.
The roof on this playhouse is just fantastic and honestly we have seen sheds and other proper garden buildings that do not have a roof as impressive as this. This is an apex roof, but rather than use sand or mineral felt, they have used tongue and groove boards and they look incredible. As well as being a very practical roof it is also a lot of fun thanks to the little chimney that is sticking out of the top.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
15 mm thick tongue and groove cladding is used for the walls and to say that we were amazed at the thickness of this is an understatement. The cladding has a very smooth and shiny look to it that we just love. Cedar wood is what this cladding is made from and we must say that the effect it has really is incredible.
To go with that amazing and thick cladding is a very robust frame. The whole playhouse is framed with a 38 mm timber frame that will keep this strong and make it last for a long time. We have seen sheds that do not have as strong a frame and cladding combination like this one does.
Like the rest of the playhouse the floor in the playhouse and out on the decking area is strong and high quality all the way. Which is a very good thing as we all know that when you invite Tigger over for a tea party the first thing he is going to do is jump around like a maniac. Well this floor can handle Tigger and a few kids jumping around as they wait for Pooh to make the lunch.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The wood on this playhouse looks fantastic and honestly we would not suggest doing a single thing to change it, but all playhouses should be treated to ensure they stay rot free and looking great and if there is one playhouse you want to keep its good looks it is this one. That is why we are suggesting using a very light or even clear wood treatment that will not change the look. A coating once installed and then again a year later will keep the wood rot free.
The 9 x 5 Winnie The Pooh Axi Playhouse comes with a 5 year manufacturers guarantee which we feel is a very generous guarantee.
Doors And Windows
Wow the door on this playhouse is just awesome. It is done in a crooked style just like Winnie The Pooh’s house and it even has the Mr Sanders name tag above it. We love how this looks and it even has a little window on it so the kids can look and see if Roo is coming to play. There is even a bell that they can ring which they will love and so will you, the first few times they use it then after that we are sure you will be cursing the designer who put it on there, but the kids will love it and that is all that matters.
The windows are done in the same crooked style as the door and they look just as fantastic. There are three windows in total with the one on the front being a fixed window. There are windows on both sides with the one on the side with the ladders having a lovely little window box that they can put some flowers in. Both the windows that are on the sides can be opened and they can close securely with a magnet which is something that we found very interesting. The windows have shatterproof acrylic in them instead of glass which is a very smart design choice. There is a mock window on the back that is there just for show, but it does help the overall look of the playhouse.
Security And Privacy
Incredibly despite its lovely appearance this is one of the most secure child playhouses we have seen. The way the windows close with the aid of a magnet makes them shut very securely and the door also closes firmly enough that the wind will not blow it open and allow rain to get in.
Talking about the privacy of this playhouse is kind of tough, you see the windows are not overly large so they are not easy to look into, but because the playhouse looks just so cute, we are sure everyone who comes over is going to want to go and have a close look at it. We are sure the kids and their 100 Acre Wood friends will not mind, well maybe Rabbit will as he is a bit grouchy, but the rest will be fine with it.
Customisation Options And Extras
The only thing that you can do in terms of customising this playhouse is put some flowers in the window box. We are actually fine with this as this is a playhouse that looks great just the way it is.
No extras are needed with this which is something we always like to see. One thing that would be cute would be to have a little Winnie The Pooh, Tigger or some other teddies waiting for them inside the first time they go in.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
The cladding and the frame are just amazing and actually there is not a single thing that is low quality about this playhouse.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
This is going to last you for as long as your kids want to play with it. Just be sure to treat the wood once a year and it will always look great
It is not the largest playhouse, but this is made for younger children so in that regard it is the perfect size. Also as well as the playhouse there is the slide and decking area for them to make use of.
Ease of Installation8/10
This will be a two person job, but it is no more difficult than any other playhouse so it should take you 4-6 hours. You can easily double this time if you have the kids “helping” you.
Value for Money8.5/10
This is quite a pricy playhouse, but it is officially licensed by Disney and let’s not forget it is made with some very high quality and long lasting materials. Not to mention it is absolutely gorgeous as well.
Final Thoughts: The 9 x 5 Winnie The Pooh Axi Playhouse really is one of the most attractive looking child’s playhouses we have ever had the pleasure to look at. It makes just such great use of the Winnie The Pooh license, the people who designed this clearly spent a lot of time on making this something kids who like Winnie The Pooh would fall in love with. This is very well made and also a rather secure playhouse which is going to last for lots of years and while the price is high, we do feel that if your kids like Winnie The Pooh and all his friends that this would be a fantastic purchase and well worth every penny.