Marlborough Doll’s House by John Crane

Doll’s houses have always held a certain fascination for me. I’m sure I repeatedly wrote to Santa to have one of my very own but the Good Man always deemed something else was more important on my long wishlist, hence I never had my own, how sad.

Did you know toy doll’s houses can be traced back 400 years? I didn’t know that, I knew they go a long way back and I still have to visit Queen Mary’s dolls house at Windsor Castle, I’m just waiting till the girls are old enough to fully appreciate such a  visit. There are passionate dolls’ house collectors and houses that have been made to represent every period in history including the finest details such as pictures on the wall and china on the tables there are even catalogues listing any items you require till your heart is content.

Can you imagine my joy when Helen from John Crane emailed me to tell me my very own dollshouse a doll’s house for the girls was on it’s way for us to review. Of course it arrived just before our holiday and there was no time to set to and construct it I had to make do with imagining. So needless to say one of my first To Do Tasks on my list was the assembly of the Pintoy Marlborough Doll’s House I was so excited!

John Crane dolls house

Woman at work

It was a tough job and in some places it would have been so much easier if there had been two people but I managed because I am clever like that. Job done in about an hour roughly including a tea break much to the displeasure of the girls who wanted to play with the staircase; I had to set up all the colourful furniture along with a wooden family of four on a small table to keep them distracted.

Dolls house furniture

In the short video below you can see us playing. Currently it lives in our front room as we still spend most of our time there but as they get more used to playing in their bedrooms it too will go upstairs. There is a basement section that can be added and I think this will give the house the height the girls need to get into the bottom layer with more ease. We were sent 6 rooms to play with lounge, kitchen, dining room, bathroom (fabulous shower!) and a study complete with a computer, telephone and printer bit I think I may also invest in the bedroom for the girls as they currently re-play their daily routine a lot I don’t want them to forget about bedtime do I now??

This particular dolls house retails at £109.99 and there are smaller houses that start from £28.77. The wooden family where each member is crafted so beautifully comes in at £19.49 and each room is £16.49 (all prices quoted are from Wooden Toyshop) Thanks to the excellent quality and durability of wooden toys they not only make the perfect gift but also a family heirloom to be passed down form mother to daughter. In the video, you can actually see the thought and eye for detail that has gone into elements like the roof which opens on rubber rings which holds the roof where the child lifts it to without falling back down on them and hurting little fingers.

A fabulous child friendly masterpiece which will keep me sorry the girls happy for years to come



  1. Rosie Whooley
    July 5, 2011 / 11:14 AM

    Ahhh thats so cute! I wish I had one!

  2. July 5, 2011 / 8:05 PM

    My second husband (yes I’ve been married 3x!)was going to go into business making them. The idea was to replicate the house you live in but the proportions did not work out. They are wonderful creations for the imagination.

    • Mari
      July 6, 2011 / 1:01 PM

      They are beautiful each and everyone, I have enjoyed looking at some of the contemporary houses – they are so cool

    January 29, 2014 / 7:12 PM


    I have recently bought a Pintoy Wooden Marlborough Dolls House for my granddaughter. However it is not assembled and there are no assembly instructions. Would you know how I can get a copy of the instructions to assemble the dolls house?

    Many Thanks

    • January 29, 2014 / 7:28 PM

      That’s odd Bryan, I would suggest calling their HQ – +44 (0)1604 77 49 49 or emailing them. It’s a beautiful toy and we still enjoy ours today

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