Neat & Tidy Cottage™

Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage
Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage mail slot and doorbell
Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage play phone
Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage with kitchen table, faucet, burner and built-in seat
Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage burner and sink
Neat & Tidy Cottage window
Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage
Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage
Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage mail slot and doorbell
Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage play phone
Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage with kitchen table, faucet, burner and built-in seat
Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage burner and sink
Neat & Tidy Cottage window

Neat & Tidy Cottage™


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This Step2 play cottage is the ideal plastic playhouse for toddlers to play “house” in!

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    Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage

    Neat & Tidy Cottage™

    This Step2 Play Cottage is the ideal plastic playhouse for toddlers to play “house” in! It can accommodate multiple children to maximize the fun! Children can make-believe to be Mom or Dad as they pretend to clean the toddler playhouse and talk on their play phone. Kids can even use it as a clubhouse inside or outside with its compact size and molded-in floor. Made in USA of US and imported parts.

    • Open design provides an easy way to keep an eye on toddlers as they play
    • Molded-in floor is a favorite feature for parents and grandparents
    • Toddlers will enjoy ringing the working doorbell
    • Pass-through mailbox allows youngsters to pretend to deliver the mail to their playhouse
    • Molded-in kitchen table, faucet, burner and built-in seat encourages imaginative outdoor play fun
    • Maximum weight for seat: 35 lbs. (15.88 kg)
    • Working Dutch door allows kids to easily come in and out of their playhouse
    • Play shutters open and close with ease
    • Playhouse interior 45" (1.14 m) tall
    • Water pail featured in pictures is not included with the Neat & Tidy Cottage
    • Requires two "AAA" batteries (not included)
    • Learn about the inside dimensions of each playhouse
    • Adult assembly required

    RECOMMENDED AGE: 1.5 and up
    PRODUCT NUMBER: 788700
    DIMENSIONS: 46.50 H 51.00 W 35.00 D
    WEIGHT: 50 lbs


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    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great house! Has it's own floor! I bought this house for my 2 year old (who is now 3 years old and 39 inches tall.) during our stormy season to give him something to play in while he couldn't be outside. This house is the BEST. The doorbell and phone are great little features. It has it's own floor so when you put it outside you don't have to sit on the ground. We put a regular sized bath rug in the bottom and viola we have wall to wall carpeting. It was an absolute BREEZE to assemble. Easy. It has held up to absolutely everything! We even put up wrapping paper on the walls for wallpaper. The door and windows are cute too. My son LOVES opening and closing things and this is just perfect. A+ at an affordable price.
    Date published: 2010-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Quads We have 2yr old quads. I had a hard time picking a relatively inexpensive playhouse that would be big enough for all four kids to play. Yes, they all fit with room to move. They love it. My only critique is that I wish the Active Brights colors were available via [@] and not just Step 2. We just put it out today (in our home) so I can't speak yet on durability or weather. I wouldn't say it is unattractive, but I would prefer some fun colors other than tan w/red. Easy to put together. I did it mostly myself in about 1 - 1 1/2hrs. Husband helped me hold a couple pieces on while I drilled (screwdriver).
    Date published: 2012-06-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good buy My parents gave this toy to my 2yr old daughter for christmas, and she loves it. We had it the house over the winter and it keep her busy for hours and we put it outside this spring. Her and the neighbors kid love to play together in the house. The only bad things about it was, there where no screw holes in some of the places that there need to be and if you don't have a power screw driver it make it very hard to push the screws through, and with bad weather you have to put something heavy in the bottom so it wont blow away. But all together my daughter really enjoy having this house.
    Date published: 2008-06-14
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment Ordered the pink version of this online. When I received it, the box was busted open, but it appeared that all the pieces were intact until I started to put it together and there were no screws included. Customers service is closed on the weekend,so I had to go to the store and buy some that were as close in size as what should have been included. Once I went to insert the first screw, I realized that there was no hole for it...or any of them. Directions call for screws and a screwdriver. A screwdriver wont bust through the plastic. Looks like return is inevitable.
    Date published: 2015-08-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from He loves it! As we live in a condo, it is difficult for our toddler son to have a "fort" to play in. Since we are limited to space, we tried this play cottage as an indoor alternative. He loves playing in it! After much play he likes to sit down at the table and "pour" himself a glass of water from the sink and prop his favorite teddy bear on the other seat across the table from him and give the bear a drink, also. Just take note that it is really for younger children (due to its small size). It would be nice if Step2 would include a couple of pieces of play mail for the mailbox.
    Date published: 2009-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had 2+ years and STILL love it! We purchased this for our older child over two years and loved it then. Now it is the favorite place for her and her new sister. I love the solid floor and the texturing never seemed to both my daughters bare feet. It goes out in the summer and comes in in the winter. We have to partially disassemble every time, but the assembly is easy, even without an electric screwdriver. A plus, with the solid floor I can put and inch or two of water in the bottom in the summer for my girls to splash (the drainage holes don't work very well on grass) and it is easy to tip over to empty when they are done.Only down side, at the age of 4 my daughter is getting too tall (43"). She wants a bigger playhouse (the welcome home playhouse no less!)
    Date published: 2007-11-17
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed but hoping for the best This playhouse was purchased for a toddler class and I think they will enjoy it. It's probably only going to hold 2-3 at a time and if I have time I will probably take out the "sink" to aid the space issue inside.Assembling bookcases, desks and toys is part of my responsibility and experience, so finding these plastic pieces with 1.25" screws and no other securing mechanisms was surprising, but more frustrating was the discovery of no predrilled holes and in 4-5 places no indication for screws. Yes, I assembled it with a manual screwdriver but it was unnecessarily frustrating and in a few cases the screws didn't even catch the adjoining part to secure them together. I had a higher opinion of Step 2 before my experience with the cottage.
    Date published: 2015-09-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from We like it, but... I ordered this for my granddaughters ages 2 1/2 and 1 1/2. It is a little small for the two of them but they love it. One loves the doorbell and the other the phone. I put it together fairly easy but it would be so nice if the holes had been drilled. It would be easier with a cordless screwdriver or drill but I was using a manual. There are indent where the screws go but you have to make the hole. I do find that it is a little small for the two of them together, so I just ordered another. Now they can visit each other. The price is nice.
    Date published: 2009-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from We LOVE iT!! We bought this for our Daughter's 2nd birthday and we LOVE it!!! It was very easy to put together; maybe took 40 min. My Daughter loves playing with her dishes at the table/sink and loves loves loves the phone and doorbell. I do wish it would have came with plastic mail, but other than that it's great. We have it in our playroom right now since it's almost winter, but we will be moving it to our patio come Spring/Summer. I know my daughter is going to enjoy this house for a long time. Thanks Step 2 for another Great Purchase!!
    Date published: 2009-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was a huge hit!!! I bought this as a gift for my (triplet) niece and nephews for their first birthday! It was a huge hit, not only with the triplets but with every other child at the party. They all loved the doorbell (that dings!) and the shutters and door that open and close. I highly recommed this product, not only was it super easy to put together it also looks very nice (some playhouses I looked at were very tacky looking). I can see the triplets getting years and years of use out of the neat and tidy cottage :)
    Date published: 2012-05-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from AWESOME PLAYHOUSE! My 17 month old daughter absolutely LOVES her playhouse! She has a great time opening and closing the shutters, ringing the doorbell, talking on the phone, and sitting at the table. She shows her cousins around like it's a palace! The only negative is that there are not pre-drilled screw holes, which makes assembly a bit of a hassle. We put it together when she was sleeping and couldn't use power tools, so my husband made the holes by hand. That's the only thing I think Step 2 could improve on!
    Date published: 2008-12-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from No hardware or accessory Our children received this gift for Christmas. When we opened the box there was no hardware or accessory pieces... “no big deal, I’ll call customer support.”— the number has been changed or discontinued. The number on the box not online works.
    Date published: 2017-12-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kids Love It! My girls received this as a Christmas gift from their grandparents and it is still sitting in the middle of the living room! They have not stoped playing in it and do not want us to put it outside (we live in the midwest and it is very cold outside!) The only problem we had was the box didn't contain enough screws and the little table was missing. [...] Otherwise, this is a fabulous playhouse for the price! I'm sure my girls will have many exciting adventures in their playhouse this summer!
    Date published: 2008-01-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Attractive design, poor quality I was disappointed when we set this up. It is not going to last very long. I have a daycare and have many step2 products, this does not compare to the usual strong and sturdy quality of step2 products. I have toys in the play yard which I have had for many many years and they are still just as sturdy as the day we purchased them. This product will not last long at all. It is very cute and the children love it, however, my 4 and 5 year olds can't stand in it, better for very young children.
    Date published: 2011-05-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Updating my review I wrote a review 2 days ago (before i got it all put together)and I had some difficulty getting the screws in. The sports where the screws go in are not started for you. You have to push hard to get the tip to go in before you can use the screw driver to make it go in all the way. Well yesterday my husband helped and he got it in first try. So definitely use 2 people to put it together.Other than that it is great!! My son actually prefers it over the climber we got at the same time lol
    Date published: 2011-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carson's new playhouse!! We love it!! Carson got this for her very first birthday and she absolutely loves it. There is plenty of room for me to fit in there with her and play. She loves the doorbell and peeking her head out of the windows. We have it in our living room now since it is still cold and she plays with it all of the time. I like the colors of the house alot too. This house was super easy to put together. It literally only took 20 minutes to put together. I think that is a really great house for the money.
    Date published: 2008-01-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from [...] My German Sheppard and 2 cats are always trying to sneak in and take a nap. My 21 month year old daughter is not keen on sharing it though, lol, and quickly shuts the door behind her.I love that the floor is attached to the lower walls - keeps the bad stuff out and I know that she will be dry and clean and bug/creature free in there. The phone did not work, but customer service replaced it with zero hassle. We love to decorate it with push button lights, pictures on the walls, carpet, curtains... I put her Dsny- kitchen in there too and she loves that. It is currently in the living room for the winter.Cons - the sink should be sturdier, the phone clasp is not tight enough to hold the phone, needs pre-drilled holes for assembly, will not fit into an SUV even if unassembled from the packaging.[...]
    Date published: 2008-11-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I purchase the Neat and Tidy Cottage as a birthday gift to share for my two year old and one year old (their birthdays are 4 days apart). I did a TON of research because my oldest is VERY tall and I wanted something he would be able to enjoy for a long time. When I received this item and assembled it (which was not difficult - I used at ratcheting screw driver) I was excited to show it to my kiddos. My son kept saying "house, house" and my daughter started pushing buttons. They have been playing together in the house ever since (purchased about 2 weeks ago). I have seen other play houses that are much smaller and shorter. This one is tall on the inside and perfect for my tall kids. It is lightweight and great for indoor play (I keep the playhouse inside). I LOVE this product and my kids do too.
    Date published: 2011-08-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great house! (once built!) I love this house. I think its so cute and my son loves it also. he has been in it all day so far. (he just got it) my only downfall on it is that i dont have a drill and it said i could use a screwdriver but a drill is recomended. it took me over 4 hrs to put together cause i had to pop all the holes in the tough plastic myself. I would have hoped for it to be done already. other than that i totally love this product and will be buying more from step 2! i just need to buy a drill!
    Date published: 2007-12-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good playhouse My son (13 months) loves this playhouse. He opens the doors & shutters and rings the doorbell over & over again. I assembled it myself (not too bad, the posts were a little challening). We have it on our deck.My only concern about the playhouse is that it's supposed to go indoors when the temp is below 32F. I didn't realize that when I bought it. But we'll find a place for it in the wintertime. It's a great product and we're hoping to get many years of fun out of it.
    Date published: 2010-04-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Playhouse!! My 1 1/2 year-old and 4 year-old love playing together in this playhouse! They are both tall for their age, but fit in the seats just fine and the roof is tall enough for them to stand inside with plenty of growing room. It is a small enough playhouse to use in a playroom, but has plenty of room inside to fit a few kids. This is a good price compared to other playhouses, but I wish it had more features to keep them interested when they're playing by themselves.
    Date published: 2010-10-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from love this affordable playhouse! I love Step2 products and this one did not let me down! I wanted a house for my almost 3 year old son, but did not want to spend a lot of money and wanted one that would blend in my backyard color-wise. It only took me 1 1/2 hours to assemble this house and that included the time it took me to get out my tools and clean-up in the end. I did use a drill to drill through some holes to start them as others had recommended. I was most worried about the height of this product but loved the color, compactness, and opennes of the design and the fact that it was Step2, so I went with it! At 38" my son fits in it just fine and should not have to duck in it for at least another year or so. Even after that I don't think he will mind ducking a bit. This house would be absolutely perfect if they just made it a few inches taller!
    Date published: 2008-01-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not like they used to make Have had MANY items from Step 2 over the years- still use the majority of them but this was a disaapointment. Very challenging to put together- had to drill pilot holes in the plastic and then use a drill to put the screws in all the way. Plastic is flimsy compared to other Step 2 products I own. The most disappointing issue is the lack of support for the sink. The kids lean on it and it bends down due to the flimsy plastic and the way it is secured. I had to add additional stainless steel screws and may have to "jimmy" up something else to ensure it doesn't break off. When I moved the house last night, I discovered that the walls are full of water. I will call cust. serv. tomorrow to see what they suggest. Only my 1 and 2 year olds are allowed in this house due to it's small size which is fine. I rarely regret purchases, but his is one of them.
    Date published: 2012-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best toy I ever bought! I bought this playhouse 3 years ago and it still looks new after 3 full years being outside in the Colorado sun and winter; colors are the same. The kids never get tired of it. We have lunch inside it and I even fit inside with them (siting on the floor). This is one of the best toy I ever bought. I totally recommend this purchase. I like the open concept so I can keep an eye on the kids when they play in it. We always kept it on the deck.
    Date published: 2013-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grandtwins Flip Out Over Cottage My grandtwins were so happy with this playhouse. They started playing with it before it was put together. Running and screaming and attacking each part as it was added. Only problem was a part was left out of the shippment. The table. So we'll have to disassemble the one wall and roof to add the table when it comes in. [...]Addie and Webber will have many hours of fun in their very own cottage!Baby Max will be ready to play next summer.
    Date published: 2008-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! This was the first major, outdoor purchase I made for my daycare. I chose this one because I don't have a lot of experience with Step2 and I wanted to make sure I was satisfied with the quality of their products before I made a big investment. The kids love it and so do I. It is the perfect size for 2 toddlers, 3 if they don't mind being a little crowded. I put it together myself in under 45 minutes. The only issue I had was that the screw that holds the sink/table on didn't quite line up with the hole and eventually fell off. We popped it back in and it sags a little but the kids couldn't care less. I just bought the Naturally Playful picnic table and intend to purchase another, bigger playhouse as well as a climbing structure in the next few months. I would absolutely buy this again and recommend it to anyone looking for a smaller playhouse.
    Date published: 2009-09-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this house! My 13 month old daughter loves her neat and tidy cottage, this was a gift for Xmas from her uncle and grandparents. Not getting hours of play out of it, but she does like to go in and out of it thruout the day. WE are keeping this inside in our living room. She loves the phone and doorbell. A powerdrill is a must for putting this together, my dad had this together in less then 20 min! Thanks step 2 for the great products!
    Date published: 2008-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little playhouse We bought this for our daycare and the kids love it. We've had it months now and its still very sturdy, easy to clean, was very easy to assemble (did it in like 30 min), and they still love to play in it. They range in age from 12mon-9 yrs. All the kids love it and play together. They love the mail slot and doorbell and I love how its open and easy to see what they're doing inside it and I love how quiet the doorbell is.
    Date published: 2008-09-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stands the test of time ... We bought this for my daughter for her 2nd birthday and she is now turning 7 and my son is turning 5. We keep it outside year round and it has not faded. Both kids love to play with it, but my kids are tall. So from experience, it is best for smaller, shorter, younger children as the seats are pretty small and there isn't a lot of room to move around. I like the floor, but it it is difficult to keep clean. It catches all the leaves. There is a tall lip under the door that keeps it all in. I have to turn the house on its side to clean and sweep it out. The roof design holds the water and dirt and makes it difficult to keep clean from debris. The outside end walls are a bit flimsy, but not too bad. The kids love the mail slot and the phone and the doors an shutters that open and close. It has held up very well in 5 years and is still in excellent condition.
    Date published: 2009-04-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 18 month old daughter loves it !!!!! Wish I had bought this earlier. We have set the playhouse inside the house in our living room and our 18 month old daughter loves being there. Its her special place, she loves the door and the phone. She loves calling it her "house". Keeps her busy. I will be buying many more step2 products in the future. I specially like this open design of the playhouse as it enables us to clearly view what she is doing in there.
    Date published: 2007-11-19
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    What are the dimensions and weights of the box or boxes? I have shipping restrictions and would like to confirm that the boxes are able to be shipped to my location.  Thanks!

    Asked by: Susan
    The Neat & Tidy Cottage™ arrives in one box. Please see below for the packaging dimensions : 52.5 x 36 x 18 inches 57 lbs. weight
    Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
    Date published: 2018-07-18

    I have a 3 yr old and a 9 month old. My 3 yr old is 37 inches. Will he fit comfortably while playing in this? 

    Asked by: Mills Mom
    The Neat & Tidy Cottage™ measures 46.50 in Height X 51.00 inches in Width X 35.00 inches in Depth and is very suitable for a 3 year old.
    Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
    Date published: 2018-07-09

    What is the difference in this and the happy cottage ? 

    Asked by: Traci
    Approved The Neat & Tidy Cottage™ and The Neat &Tidy Cottage II differ in color only.
    Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
    Date published: 2018-06-26

    I am unsure of the name of the playhouse I have. I think it is the neat and tidy cottage but my roof is green not blue. Can they come in green? I need a new sink, doorbell, and phone. Thanks.

    Asked by: milanoa
    Please contact our Consumer Service Specialists at or 1-800-347-8372 Monday through Friday, 8AM -5PM Eastern Standard Time and we will be happy to help you.
    Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
    Date published: 2018-06-26

    So, you now sell the current Model of both. Tidy cottage and Tidy cottage II What is the difference with the 2 current models?

    Asked by: Mona328
    The difference is the colors.
    Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
    Date published: 2018-06-06

    What is the difference between the neat and tidy cottage I and II

    Asked by: Dilu
    So, you now sell the current Model of both. Tidy cottage and Tidy cottage II What is the difference with the 2 current models?
    Answered by: mmb3096
    Date published: 2018-05-18

    I have the neat and tidy cottage I (blue roof, red door, red shutters, no grill) I'm looking to replace the wall phone, door knob and decals. Are these parts still available and if so which ones are they on your replacement site?

    Asked by: andrea00
    This link will lead you to the replacement parts available for the Neat and Tidy Cottage. The decals and phone are available. The door knob is not, unfortunately!
    Answered by: MADISEN
    Date published: 2018-05-01

    Where can i purchase this in Ireland. Unable to have it shipped to ireland and argos uk wont deliver this item to northern ireland

    Asked by: Jennifer
    Please open the following link to view our Step2 Store Finder for the UK :
    Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
    Date published: 2018-04-06
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