Rochdale Observer - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

o child­hood is com­plete with­out a Christ­mas view­ing of Dis­ney’s 1937 clas­sic car­toon Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s why we all oc­ca­sion­ally sing ‘hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go’ and oc­ca­sion­ally ask our mir­ror who’s the ‘fairest of them all’?

But one fam­ily took their in­ter­est in the film – and the Brothers Grimm, who wrote the orig­i­nal 1812 fairy tale – to a new level.

Dur­ing the 1950s they built an al­most ex­act replica of the en­chanted cot­tage that the film’s Snow White lives in with the seven dwarfs, on the out­skirts of Olalla in Wash­ing­ton, near Seat­tle.

No ex­pense was spared to copy the wooden de­tail­ing, in­tri­cate forged iron­work and stained glass de­picted within the car­toon property.

The fam­ily lived at the cot­tage un­til 2005, but the woman who sub­se­quently bought it then car­ried on its devel­op­ment, in­clud­ing en­hanc­ing the in­te­rior. But 12 years later it is now on the mar­ket again, for £775,000.

Like its an­i­mated coun­ter­part, the cot­tage is next to a wood, a fiveacre one, that comes with the property.

The four-bed­room ‘cot­tage’ is ac­tu­ally a large 2,800 sq ft house with an ex­tremely high-pitched roof, oval door lin­tels, cute wooden doors and a tree trunk run­ning through the cen­tre of it.

Other fea­tures in­clude stone al­most ev­ery­where, stuc­coed walls, hand-carved beams and, as in the film, a wood stove to cook on.

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