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Any suggestions for a non girly dolls house?

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queenmools Wed 18-Nov-15 20:46:23

My 4 year old son loves playing with houses. He loves opening and closing the doors and putting people and furniture in and out. His favourite toy at the moment is the happy land rocket my daughter got for her first birthday. He was playing at a friend's house at the weekend and she had loads of house type toys and he was happy as Larry but they were mainly from charity shops so not something I could go out and buy. He's said he really wants a toy he can put people in for Christmas but I'm struggling to find anything that is not pink and fluffy which is just not my style or too babyish like happyland. Lots of things like fire stations have open fronts so don't fit the bill for opening doors. It doesn't have to be a traditional house just something he can put people in and out of. Please help

MrsFogi Wed 18-Nov-15 20:48:46

One of the playmobil ones.

thesandwich Wed 18-Nov-15 20:49:23

Sylvanians? Loads of scope and cute animals!

gillyweed Wed 18-Nov-15 20:51:15

Toys r us has one that was about £35 - its completly flat pack for that price though!

All wooden, unpainted/treated, quite narrow, 3 floors, removable roof, 2 opening fronts and an opening front door, furniture included too!

I bought it for dd as I didn't want anything to 'girly' either, however she wasn't too happy and I've since indulged this stage and it now has pink walls, white brick and a bright red door!

lavendersun Wed 18-Nov-15 20:52:20

What about a castle, then if he moves on to knights he can still use it.

DD has this house (which cost half that when we bought it 6 years ago!)

She also has a plain wooden castle that I can't find online - like this but sturdier and plain

InQuiteAPickle Wed 18-Nov-15 20:52:06

We have a wooden dolls house that's just plain. I'll try and find a link - I think it was from Toys R Us.

gillyweed Wed 18-Nov-15 20:53:13

Pooseyfrumpture Wed 18-Nov-15 20:54:11

Lidl has a couple in at the moment. Blue and red furniture rather than pink. Wooden.

InQuiteAPickle Wed 18-Nov-15 20:56:35

Here it is
although I love this castle too.

InQuiteAPickle Wed 18-Nov-15 20:57:28

Gillyweed beat me to it grin.

queenmools Wed 18-Nov-15 20:58:54

Great suggestions so far. He does have a playmobil house but it is slightly not the right thing as it has a open back and no stairs. I did think about the Melissa and doug folding castle. Is there room inside it to move stuff about? I know it has a draw bridge which will satisfy his urge to open stuff. He loves sea creatures and is just starting to get into superheroes.

evenoldergregg Wed 18-Nov-15 21:00:57

How about the Hape Space Station?

Asda have a cheaper version for £35.

lavendersun Wed 18-Nov-15 21:04:58

Not sure about M&D castle. This was the one I bought. You can change the walls and make it U shaped so that there is plenty of access room.

EduCated Wed 18-Nov-15 21:19:09

Sylvanian Tree House

EduCated Wed 18-Nov-15 21:22:04

Sylvanian Beechwood Hall

queenmools Wed 18-Nov-15 21:26:30

The tree house and a castle are now on the short list but keep the ideas coming.

INeedACheeseSlicer Wed 18-Nov-15 21:39:03

Lundby dolls house You can open the doors between the rooms and it does have stairs.

Or the Melissa and Doug house where you unlock all the doors with a key might be perfect here

Tournesol Thu 19-Nov-15 17:39:15

My 2 sons and DD all play with the Melissa and Doug fold and play castle. It comes with a bed, two thrones and a treasure box so you can put furniture in and out. It also has a draw bridge which makes a satisfying thunk.

It's about the right size for play Mobil people too.

JoanCallamezzo Thu 19-Nov-15 18:22:17

We have/have had several of the toys mentioned above and I wouldn't get a Lundby house for a 4 yr old - my DD had hers when she was 8, it's lovely but quite flimsy and not really for smaller children.

The Sylvanian treehouse linked above only has one small room with not much space for furniture. It's a bit useless really (am about to sell ours).

The M&D castle is great - we have the big one that opens out and my DCs play with it with their Schleich figures - but it doesn't really have rooms, not ones you can put furniture in anyway, just a dungeon.

I would definitely recommend Playmobil - specifically the take-along house here

- as it comes with a family and loads of furniture. We have an older version of this and it has been played with loads over the years. If you don't have playmobil already it's an excellent introduction to it!

JoanCallamezzo Thu 19-Nov-15 18:25:02

Ooh also the Playmobil camper van would be a good bet!

Misty9 Thu 19-Nov-15 20:26:45

Not sure of your budget but we've got the hape all seasons house and it's lovely. We got the house with furniture and the workmanship is impressive. Very non pink too.

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