Introducing the Crooked Mansion Wooden Playhouse

Until recently our garden was a bit of a wreck, something we have been meaning to rectify ever since we moved into our house four years ago. With four children and a dog, our grass had gone to ruin and, thanks to the great British weather, we were left with a great big mud bath and a completely un-usable space. Last month we decided it was time to take the plunge, dig up the garden, and finally splash out on the artificial grass we had spent the last four years lusting after. And honestly, it was the best thing we ever did.

Obviously it’s a work in progress and yet, with the new grass down, there was just one thing the children wanted – a playhouse!! And thanks to Big Game Hunters, they got exactly that.

For those who haven’t heard of the self proclaimed ‘Play Experts’, they are passionate about outdoor games and play equipment. With extensive knowledge in this field, creating and designing products that both children and parents will love, they have the most amazing range of items from simple garden games to large feature play pieces.

We decided to opt for one of the larger play houses, The Crooked Mansion, as with three children I wanted to be sure that, not only would it fit them all inside but, it would grow with them over the years.

The Crooked Mansion comes flat packed, delivered promptly and with excellent customer service, and was super easy to construct. With every piece clearly labelled, and all screw holes pre-drilled, my Dad managed to built it entirely by himself, with me ‘supervising’ from the kitchen window. I’ll be sharing a video of the construction over on my YouTube channel this coming week.

Made from premium Fir wood for natural strength and durability, it is pre-painted in a gorgeous dark rose pink colour, with a stained chimney stack and wooden roof. The roof is the only part that wasn’t pre-treated, although we will be staining it this summer so to protect it all year round.

The Crooked Mansion itself is a homely and spacious playhouse, with lots of lovely features to add real charm and character. The playhouse has a tall front door, perfect for growing children, a fun porthole and three large windows.

The windows have adorable flower boxes beneath them where you can either plant flowers or place little plant pots inside. We are planning to plant our own flowers and yet for now the children have been using the boxes in their pretend play, using them as a shop counter, storage on their ice cream truck, or the sink for washing hair at the hairdressers. It’s amazing listening in to their games and how no two days are ever the same.

The two large windows open outwards and close with soft close magnetic fittings. In a contrasting white they look so pretty and are also really well made for children who get a little enthusiastic with opening and closing them!

The girls especially loved the letter box, screwed to the front of the Mansion, where they can place the notes they write each day for each other. It’s funny how important those small details and that’s something I love about Big Game Hunters, they really have thought of everything.

There is also a chalkboard name plaque above the door where you can name the playhouse as many times as you like. So far we’ve had a supermarket, a hair salon, a gymnastics hall and my personal favourite, Dove Cottage.

The playhouse is lovely and spacious, measuring H 183 x W 180 x D 120cm giving so much room to play. There is an option to buy a wooden floor for the playhouse, priced at £79.99, but with having the artificial grass we decided it was un-necessary and a softer landing for three very accident prone children. As you can see, the children have really set up home in there with their wooden kitchen and a small table and chairs.

With a large slanted apex roof at a maximum height of 183cm, there is so much room to stand up inside meaning the playhouse will last them for as long as they need it to. I’ll be honest with you, after the initial excitement of the playhouse I assumed, quite wrongly, that the novelty would wear off. But the truth is they have used it every single day since, regardless of the weather, and in that way my only regret is that we didn’t buy them one sooner.

I am so impressed with the Crooked Mansion Playhouse, and the children are over the moon with it. It has been lovely to watch them during imaginative play, or cosying up with a book or a picnic. At four, five and six I think we will have years of fun with it and, even when they outgrow their childish play, I’m sure it will make a great hideaway when they need a little time out….or I do!!

Currently on offer at £399 it does retail at a little more than plastic alternatives, or cheaper imitations. That said, I absolutely believe that it is worth every penny for the quality and workmanship that has gone into it, and for those lovely little details that may not seem like a big deal to us, but to the children are completely essential. We may not quite have finished our garden makeover but Dove Cottage is most definitely going to be our favourite feature!

** We were gifted this item for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own ** 

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33 Comments

  1. Candy
    June 30, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    What little girl wouldn’t want this cute play house. Heck I want a cute house to go to. Glad you are getting your garden in order and can enjoy being outdoors.

  2. June 30, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    Aww, this is such a lovely playhouse. It looks lovely in red and also looks great quality 🙂 I bet they love it.

  3. June 30, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    This post really hit home because our backyard has lost all the hedge and the grass has gotten ruined from fall leaves that we did not dispose of in time. My kids are older now but that house would have been great for them when they were younger.

  4. July 1, 2018 / 2:14 am

    Wow! This wooden playhouse is a great outdoor activity area for kids. Nowadays, it’s better to expose them to physical activities rather than allow them to spend most of their time watching videos or playing games on a tablet.

  5. July 1, 2018 / 4:02 am

    This is too cute! Makes me think of the tree house I had when I was a kid….except this one is way cooler.

  6. July 1, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    How stinking cute!!! I would have loved to have something like this as a child!!! The color combo is so stinking cute and adds the perfect cottage vibe.

    • July 2, 2018 / 5:47 pm

      I know right, so adorable! The house looks incredible with all those cute features.

  7. July 1, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    That playhouse is so adorable! I cannot wait for my kids to have a space where we can have a playhouse. We will have to check out the company that made this one. Your girls look like they love it!

  8. July 2, 2018 / 12:24 am

    The playhouse is one that I would have liked to have had as a youngster. The girls look like they will be enjoying it for years to come.

  9. Cat
    July 2, 2018 / 1:25 am

    OH my gosh this play house is so stinking cute!!! I could totally see my niece and nephew playing with it in a few years when they are a little bit older!

  10. Princess Quinn
    July 2, 2018 / 4:03 am

    What an awesome playhouse for kids. My little girl loves to pretend play, as a chef or a mom cooking for her kids. So I think this will make a great gift for her.

  11. July 2, 2018 / 6:15 am

    This looks like such a fun house to play in! My daughter would love something like this!!!

  12. July 2, 2018 / 10:34 am

    I love the photos you’ve got of the girls posing in the windows. This looks and sounds like a great playhouse and I love how inventive they have been with it, transforming it every day into a new business venture and I love the colour

  13. July 2, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    Oh my goodness! I think this might be one of the cutest playhouses EVER! My daughter would be so jealous!

  14. July 2, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    It is so cute. I love the color. We are about to do a tree house.

  15. July 2, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    I always wanted something like this when I was a kid. I need to get one for my girls. I know they would love it.

  16. July 2, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    Wow… I love this little children house/shed… really shame I don’t have a garden but if I have I’m certain that my girls would love this.

  17. July 2, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is an adorable playhouse! I know my girls would have loved one just like this when they were little!

  18. July 2, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    This is so cute and my youngest daughter would LOVE it in our yard! She’s three and always wants to play outside. This looks like the perfect playhouse!

  19. July 2, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    I would have loved to have this when I was still a little girl. That playhouse looks amazing, glad they liked it very much seeing their big smiley faces.

  20. Becca Wilson
    July 2, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    This playhouse is so very fun! My girls would absolutely love something like this to have outside to play in.

  21. July 2, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    OK, that is a dream playhouse. Like I want to play in it. Bwah! That would look so fab in any backyard!

  22. July 2, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    It a ao beautiful , i would like to buy one for my sister , is perfect for summer , thank you for this amazing idea

  23. July 3, 2018 / 2:53 am

    What a super cute playhouse! I love the bright color! I know a lot of little kiddos that would be excited to have one!

  24. July 3, 2018 / 3:42 am

    That is too cute! I have two girls who would spend hours in that and never want to come in. Looks really durable too.

  25. July 3, 2018 / 5:59 am

    Oh how cute! I would have loved a gorgeous playhouse like this when I was younger.

  26. Olga Zak
    July 3, 2018 / 7:30 am

    It is very cute! What an awesome playhouse for kids. I love all the photos. Very nice!

  27. July 3, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    This playhouse is sooo cute. My little one would love something like this but our weather here is more cold than warm , lol!
    Love your garden too. Great work guys!

  28. July 3, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    Whoa! What a cool post. I would have loved this as a child. This playhouse is awesome! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  29. July 4, 2018 / 1:31 am

    Oh my! The Crooked Mansion Playhouse looks amazing and is every child’s dream.I know my daughters would love this

  30. Agnes Vazhure
    July 4, 2018 / 9:43 am

    OMG! That is such a cute little wooden house. My niece would love and enjoy that for sure.

  31. July 5, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    I could see me getting one of these for the kids. They are always making forts out of materials that they find laying around. They’d have a blast with one of these.

  32. July 6, 2018 / 4:06 am

    Im on the hunt for a cubby house for my daughter for Christmas this year ! I love yours its so pretty and she would lovev it!

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