Taylor’s always loved outdoor play, but her obsession with playhouses started when we visited my sister-in law’s for a barbecue a couple of months back – she wouldn’t leave her cousins’ one alone! She literally spent the entire day opening and shutting the windows, doors and taking in whatever items she could find to play with in her ‘new house’. And then a recent trip to Toys R Us ended in a huge tantrum after I had to carry her out of the display Wendy Houses there – and I’ve avoided the shop ever since!
So when Big Game Hunters got in touch suggesting we review one of their quirky wooden playhouses, it couldn’t have come at a better time. I much prefer the wooden playhouses to the plastic ones as I think they fit in much better with the natural surroundings of a garden and I prefer the more traditional look. We chose the Chestnut Hut Wooden Playhouse which has a super cute stable door, scalloped roof and barn style shutter windows to inspire farm yard play.
The delivery arrived within three days of placing the order in two large boxes. It was a beautiful day so it was the perfect project for the afternoon! I was really pleased to discover that the boxes weren’t too heavy for me to lift (drag) outside alone – it really frustrates me when I have to call on the hubby for a hand with DIY projects! Although the instructions do recommend two people for the assembly, I of course attempted to have a go on my own. Mum power and all that.
Building the Chestnut Hut Wooden Playhouse
The Playhouse comes in just seven pieces (four walls and three parts for the roof) and was so easy for me to put together just using a Phillips head screwdriver. Most of the parts such as the windows, doors and roof slats are all pre-fixed, so there’s none of the ‘flat pack hell’ you sometimes discover when you start to unpack the box! All of the screws you need are also included and the instructions are super simple to follow with all of the parts pre-labelled and pre-drilled.
My little helper for the day really was no help at all, stamping on and pulling apart the polystyrene wrapping until it was flying all over our garden! She then insisted on opening and closing the doors and windows on the playhouse before I’d even managed to get all four walls up! All in all, it took me about an hour to construct the playhouse, but it would have been much quicker was it not for a toddler being present! Even somebody who is totally helpless at DIY could put this together. Honestly, it really is that simple and such a refreshing change to the norm these days!
I absolutely love the design of the Chestnut Hut Wooden Playhouse! Everything about it is just so…cute. My favourite part is the adorable stable door and barn-style opening windows. The door, windows and roof are pre-painted with environmentally-friendly green and orange woodstain giving it an oh-so-wholesome look – and it looks great in our garden!
The quality of the Chestnut Hut Wooden Playhouse really is superb. The hut is made of fir wood that’s been heat-treated for extra durability and protection and all of the timber is exceptionally thick making it very strong and sturdy. There’s also lots of attention to detail that has gone into the design, which unfortunately, you just don’t seem to get from a lot of children’s toys these days. For example, the corners of the window shutters all have plastic caps for extra protection, and there’s a magnetic seal on the door so that it doesn’t swing back and forth once closed. You really do feel like it’s worth its price tag and won’t fall apart after a year (Big Game Hunters offer a one year guarentee on the workmanship and materials).
The fact that I couldn’t get Taylor out of the playhouse for the entire afternoon pretty much speaks for itself! She absolutley loves having her own little house and every morning she runs to the patio windows to point out at it. Very cute. If you’re looking to invest in a playhouse I would most definitely recommend the Big Game Hunters Chestnut Hut – it’s currently on sale for £189.99. Given the quality of the product and its timeless, traditional design, I can tell that this will be taking pride of place in our garden for many years to come!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post