Named ‘Y Bwthyn Bach’, or The Little House, the small estate was gifted to Princess Elizabeth
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Named in Welsh ‘Y Bwthyn Bach’, or The Little Cottage, the small estate was gifted to the then Princess in March 1932.
At 22 feet wide and 15 feet high, it was built to two-fifths scale and contains a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom on the upper floor.
It has electric lighting and running water as well as cutlery, utensils and furniture.
A video of the straw-thatched house from the Royal Collection Trust shows clips and pictures of young Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret, playing around the house, as well as the cute interior of the building.
The Welsh Cottage from Royal Collection Trust on Vimeo.
Architect Edmund Willmott was the designer of the house
On the website, it is said Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret looked after the house themselves and for many years it was their favourite toy.
The gift was received by the Duke and Duchess of York in a ceremony at Cardiff on behalf of the young princesses.
According to Thamesweb, it was subsequently re-erected in the gardens of Royal Lodge in April 1932 and was furnished both inside and out.
It also had its own front garden with scaled-down hedges and flower borders.
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret looked after the house themselves
She described her experience in a letter as such: “It was a simple cottage reproducing, through the whitewashed walls and a thatched roof, the charming Welsh cottages which are typical of the hillsides.
“The layout of a typical Welsh cottage interior was closely followed. The central doorway opens onto a small hallway with the kitchen on the right and the ‘Siamber fach’ (Little Chamber) on the left. A charming staircase wanders up to the bedroom and a modern (at that time) bathroom.”
She added: “The miniature house pays tribute to the wonderful skills and workmanship in all the features of the building.
The Little House was built from materials left over from the redevelopment of Llandough Hospital in Penarth, Wales.
Architect Edmund Willmott was the designer of the house.
At that time, Princess Elizabeth was third-in-line to the throne, but soon became first-in-line following the death of her grandfather, King George V, and the abdication of her uncle, Edward VIII.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK