A charming playhouse, the crooked cottage is simply like something out of a fairy tale. In warm timber tones, its attractive looks and many features for young children to enjoy make this the perfect choice and addition for your garden.
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How We Rate It
Ease of assembly8.1/10
Quality of construction8/10
Longevity of material8.1/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
The Mad Dash Crooked Cottage Playhouse – Our first impressions
This is a clever little playhouse which has a topsy turvy charm about it as the name suggests! It is crafted from hard wearing and long lasting wood and has a crooked roof and door – great for fuelling your child or children’s imagination! With a cosy, country cottage feel it will look good in any outdoor space or garden.
Complete with added features such as windows and a picket fence it’s a fabulous playhouse choice. With its smaller size it is perfect for preschool age children wanting a little house of their very own. With a wooden door and large window to peep through, this playhouse has plenty of character and features for young children to enjoy. The outside area surrounded by a picket fence gives your child a garden of their own in which to play, put garden toys or grow a flower garden of their very own. Full of charm and at a mid-range price, this fabulous playhouse will provide a quirky feature for your garden.
The Mad Dash Crooked Cottage Playhouse: How safe is it?
When buying a playhouse for your child we understand that safety is an important, if not the most important aspect of your final choice of design. Below the team at whatshed.co.uk take a look at the features and any specific safety issues that may be of concern to parents and carers.
The door: The door is a full height door, made of timber and complete with door handle. Although trapped fingers may be an issue, the lightweight nature of the timber door means that any injury will be minimal.
The window: The window is a traditional style that is styled to look like window panes however no panes are present, making this window completely safe for all their games of peek-a-boo.
The picket fence: The picket fenced garden is a unique addition to this already feature filled playhouse. The picket fence edges are rounded with no sharp edges and wide opening to enter and exit the outside area and playhouse itself.
The playhouse interior: The interior provides adequate space for preschool age children to enjoy imaginative play and store their toys. With no sharp edges, it is designed to be a blank space in which you can help your child create a playhouse to suit their needs and personality.
Although crooked in personality, this playhouse is designed with children in mind. If the natural wood finish isn’t to your taste or you wanted to add even more personality to this charismatic playhouse it is possible to paint your house.
The Mad Dash Crooked Cottage Playhouse: How easy to build?
Mad Dash recommends that playhouse assembly is undertaken by a team of two people for this particular model, as a result, assembly is safer and is takes less time all round. Your package will contain all the pieces of shaped timber, roof material, picket fence, as well as all screws, nails and fixtures and fittings. A basic tool kit is required for assembly and by following the instruction manual included assembly of the playhouse should go smoothly. The instruction manual provides instructions in a range of languages for accessibility for all, and clear, easy-to-follow diagrams for you to follow.
The Mad Dash Crooked Cottage Playhouse: What is the overall quality like?
Mad Dash is a company known for providing high quality, whimsical playhouses and outdoor toys for preschool age children and beyond. All of their playhouses and products are safety tested to British standards BS-EN71 and so are safe for your child to enjoy.
The high quality timber used provides a strong frame and interior in which your child can enjoy many hours of play. Ready for the rough and tumble that children bring, this playhouse will resist against wear and tear to keep up its smart appearance, even in many years to come.
Whatever the weather the tough and durable exterior will protect the interior from the elements, making it possible for your child to store some of their garden toys inside. With a finish that prevents weather damage, rot and colour fading from the sun, this playhouse will look as fantastic in five years’ time as it does today.
The Mad Dash Crooked Cottage Playhouse: Technical Information
Age range: 3 years plus
Size of when assembled: W = 1.36m (4ft6) D = 1.24m (4ft1) H = 1.51m (4ft11)
The Mad Dash Crooked Cottage Playhouse: Our final thoughts
Great for both boys and girls, from preschool age three and upwards, this whimsical playhouse provides a fantastic backdrop for all of their adventures. At a mid-range price point, if you are looking for a playhouse that has character and charm to provide a wonderful addition to your garden then this particular model proves excellent value for money. Further character can be added with the ability to paint and personalise the playhouse as you wish.