The Tudor House is our signature creation, the one that started it all, and a design that we are very proud of. The creation of the first Tudor House, at the end of the 80s, sparked the creation of Flights of Fantasy (and it still stands today). Russell Bowlby, the company’s founder, wanted to make a wooden playhouse for his son and when he decided to style it on a Tudor cottage, an idea was born.
Due to it’s popularity, the Tudor House design has been replicated many times in recent years for both private and commercial clients (normally as part of a larger, public play area), and is now one of our most re-produced and successful products.
On this page you will see a selection of our Tudor houses that span three decades. East one is subtly different, incorporating different design features, whilst remaining true to the original that was built all those years ago.
We pride ourselves on making high quality, durable play equipment that stands up to the test of time. As the original Tudor House was our first ever creation, there is no better way to do this than to look at this playhouse and see how it has fared. The first photo, below, was taken when the playhouse was around fifteen years old. It had been sitting at the bottom of the garden, with almost no maintenance, for all of this time. As you can see, lichen has started to grow on the paint and the roof shows sign of age, but structurally it was sound. The second photo (where the playhouse looks like new) was actually taken around a decade later, when the playhouse was nearly thirty years old. We spent a couple of days touching it up for aesthetics, resulting in a playhouse that was like new. We are extremely proud of this and make all of our products to the same, high quality.
Just in case you are wondering, that crazy looking picture of the Tudor House on a huge, scaffold ramp, being taken into a back garden… that’s the sort of obstacle we face when trying to locate playhouses. We like the challenge (mostly when it’s over and people say ‘How on Earth did you get that there?!’).
Bespoke, Customisable Playhouse Design
Although we maintain the same defining characteristics across all of our Tudor Houses, each one has subtle differences and can be fully customised. Typically, each of these playhouses features two storeys and two staircases: one inside, one outside. We have fitted kitchens, furniture, heating, electrics, and pretty much anything else you might find in a regular house into our play designs, meaning these pieces of play apparatus truly are 100% customisable to your desires.
Whilst we love this design, one of our greatest pleasures is sharing it with others who love it too. We took the original Tudor House to RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Chelsea Flower show on two occasions where we received an award for our stand on both occasions. This was an incredibly proud moment, particularly because the playhouse was two decades old at the time we took it to the show.
Pictured with the award is Russell Bowlby, the founder of Flights of Fantasy, and his son, Jamie, for whom he built the very first playhouse. Jamie came down from university to attend the show and watch as people looked over the playhouse that was built for him as a child.
Dimensions vary according to the exact type and specification of each Tudor playhouse, but a typical size is:
- 1.5 metres wide x 2.8 metres long x 3.6 metres high
Designing Your Dream Playhouse
This is just one of the many playhouses that we have made in the past. Please use it as inspiration for your perfect playhouse and get in contact with us to discuss a potential project. We are happy to walk you through the design process and can either work with ideas that you might have or come up with something completely new. Every single one of our designs in bespoke, meaning that at the end you will have a playhouse like no other, so don’t be afraid to push the boundaries and make it exactly how you want it to be. If you are looking for more inspiration, take a look at our other playhouses.