By Luke Matthews
A mum was left in hysterics when the toy doll’s house she ordered her six-year-old daughter turned out to be “the size of a shed”.
Michelle Jones, from County Durham, ordered the £150 wooden house from Smyths after spotting it online, but says she has now had to rearrange her home to accommodate the toy that towers over her daughter Sophie, measuring 5 feet three inches in height.
The mum-of-four confessed she didn’t take much note of the measurements in the description and said the photo of a girl kneeling down in front of it on the website convinced her it was much smaller than it really is.
It only dawned on Michelle just what she had gotten herself into when the home was constructed by a neighbour and they found the toy had four floors, including a roof terrace and garden, and came with 30 pieces of furniture and fittings, including a treadmill.
Little Sophie needs to use a step to make full use of the house, and Michelle said: “One of my older daughters offered to collect it for me.
“When she got to the store she called me and asked did I know how big it was because she was struggling to fit the huge box in the car. I thought she was joking as I knew it was flat pack, but she said the box was as tall as her.
“My neighbour laughed when he saw it and said it’s the size of a shed. He had to tip it on its side to attach the roof.
“I thought where on earth will I hide it – or keep it. It took so much wrapping paper to cover it. I couldn’t stop laughing.
“The first thing my daughter said when she saw it was, ‘Wow! Mum where will we put that?’
Despite the initial shock, Michelle said the house is great value and Sophie is thrilled, joking her daughter will have to grow for another year or two so she can reach the top and “get our money’s worth”.
The 49-year-old added: “I joked my daughter would have to pay council tax on a property that big, I could charge rent. I’ve seen smaller apartments.
“I thought I might have to get rid of the dinning table, but we have managed to rearrange the furniture and thankfully found somewhere for it.
“We have had a good laugh about it. I would recommend it, just make sure you have the space for it and I will definitely read measurements more carefully in the future.”