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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