BillyOh Mad Dash Bunny Play house review

The little man has a plastic play house for the garden that we bought second hand last year. He enjoys being in it but I’ll admit I’ve always lusted after a more sustainable, durable version, something that not only looks great but will withstand the weather and encourage hours of fun. Unfortunately price has always been an issue, with prices around £500 for wooden playhouses locally, the answer was always going to be no.

That’s where Garden Buildings Direct come in. An online company selling a huge range of gardens products such as sheds, playhouses and summer houses with free delivery on selected postcodes, they sounded perfect. BillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-house-partsThey recently sent us a  BillyOh Mad Dash 300 Bunny Playhouse, which is wooden play house perfect in size for an adventurous toddler like the little man.  BillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-house-erection Hubby was very pleasantly surprised by amount of parts that arrived. He seemed much happier to put it together when he realised it wouldn’t take him hours and hours to put up. It’d pretty much flat packed when it arrives, so you just need to read the concise instructions and you’re ready to start putting it together.
BillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-houseI heard very little swearing and saw no tools being thrown so presumably the playhouse was relatively easy to put together.BillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-houseBillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-houseWhen you order your playhouse from Garden Buildings Direct you can opt to purchase additional extras such as a Premium Tongue and Groove Floor or a picket fence to go round the perimeter of the playhouse. You can even pay extra for it to arrive already painted. I like the fact you can customise the house to suit your needs without having to do it yourself.
BillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-houseBillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-houseOnce the roof panels were fastened on Hubby covered it with the felt that was provided before tacking it down and then securing it with the fascia boards. You’re sent slightly more felt than you need which is very handy if you make a mistake when tacking down the fist piece like we did. BillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-houseAt 118cm tall the playhouse is the ideal size for the little man. It’s actually pretty roomy inside and is able to house his table and chair set and a small Little Tikes kitchen with ease.BillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-houseThe stable style door is a hit with the little man. He loves opening and closing the top part and I feel reassured by the fact there’s a gap between the top and bottom parts of the door which means trapped fingers are less likely. BillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-houseThe window ‘glass’ is actually perspex which is much safer for little people. It’s easily fastened in, in front of the wooden frame and looks great, I can’t wait to make some curtains to finish off the windows properly. BillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-houseOnce the playhouse was safely erected I decided to paint it. The playhouse is made from Graded European Softwood which should hopefully withstand the less than kind UK weather but I still used two coats wood preserver before applying the paint. I then used Coloured wood stain in Waterfall from B & Q for the main blue colour and Ronseal garden paint in white ash for the trim. I think the colours work really well together and it looks bright and fresh at the bottom of our garden. BillyO-Mad-Dash-300-Bunny-Wooden-Play-houseI’m really impressed with the BillyOh Mad Dash 300 Bunny Playhouse. It’s sturdy and solid and the little man is very impressed. At just £135 delivered I think it’s an absolute steal and I’ve already recommended the company to everyone I know.

If you’d like to see a quick video of Hubby putting it together feel free to click through to my YouTube channel below.



  1. 14th April 2016 / 8:46 am

    I love the play house! It looks gorgeous, especially in that colour. I’m sure it will be well loved! X

  2. 14th April 2016 / 10:11 am

    Ooh that is beautiful and a real bargain. This would be perfect for my two and great to have wood rather than more plastic.

  3. 14th April 2016 / 1:11 pm

    I love this it looks like such fab quality for a great price too. I love the color you have painted it too.

  4. 14th April 2016 / 2:44 pm

    The play house looks glorious! I love the colour you have painted it. I also had a little chuckle over the fact that no swearing or throwing of tools means it was ok to put together! H x

  5. 14th April 2016 / 10:01 pm

    The playhouse looks amazing! I love colour, it looks so welcoming and fun to play in. Great that it has windows and that they are perspex for safety. I hope he has lots of fun in it over the years.

  6. 14th April 2016 / 11:45 pm

    this looks fab. I really like the colour that you have chosen to paint it

  7. 15th April 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Aw it’s like every kids dream to have one of these playhouses and I love the colour!

  8. 17th April 2016 / 12:39 pm

    That playhouse looks fab and it’s a great price! I love the colour you’ve chosen too x

  9. 20th April 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Oh wow, this is really lovely. I would love a wooden house for little J to play in. He loves the outdoors

  10. 22nd April 2016 / 1:18 pm

    I love this and had no idea that they were so affordable! I have been after a one of these for my toddler as she would love something like this. I love that you can paint it, it looks lovely painted blue. I bet he has lots of fun playing in this in the summer xx

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