Welcome to Berkshire Dolls House & Model Co.

The Berkshire Dolls House and Model Company is a family run business with over thirty five years experience. Howard and the team are dedicated to providing a quality service to all our customers, whether that is custom building to your own specifications or offering advice and guidance to self-builders.

We supply a comprehensive range of leading dolls houses and accessories from a variety of manufacturers, including a selection of local handcrafted items and custom builds. Our shop boasts an extensive collection of models and model railway. We carry a large array of new OO and N and G gauge railways, including Hornby, Peco, Bachmann, Piko and Kato. In addition, we have a large collection of exclusive second hand collectable stock as we buy good quality used railway stock for cash or part exchange.  

We offer an in-house repair and service facility for all locomotives, including decoder fitting.

We also stock Airfix model kits, scale model cars, Scalextric, Corgi, radio controlled vehicles, various glues, Humbrol paints, (enamels, acrylics and sprays), wood, miniature tools and other model accessories. In addition we have a massive selection of railway scenics such as grass flocking, sands, and solid water – all great for using in other modelling hobbies such as tabletop wargaming and, of course, dolls houses.  

You can find us at The Old Fire Station, 9 Wargrave Road, Twyford, Berkshire, RG10 9NY and we are open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (4pm Sundays).  You will find us just a 5 minute walk from the railway station (around 30 minutes from Paddington and 7 minutes from Reading). We are situated opposite the Waitrose car park, where there is free parking for up to two hours.

Pop into our shop to view our range and see our latest special offers. Phone us on 0118 934 3700 or contact us below if you are looking for anything specific.

Below is the shop location and a 360 of the shop so you can have a look around.
 

Online Store

Below are the different areas of our online store that should give you a feel for the items we stock in the shop.

Dolls Houses

Our dolls houses are supplied in kit form; flat packed, undecorated and unfurnished. All kits are provided with full instructions and fixings, such as hinges. You can then choose from our huge collection of finishes such as roofing, flooring, wallpapers and paint. 

This is where the fun begins. 

We also have in store fully built houses, externally decorated houses and fully decorated houses. Purchases come with 35 years of advice and guidance to help your project take shape. 

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Model Railways

We have everything you need to create your ideal layout.

We stock N, G, O, OO gauge from manufacturers such as Hornby, Peco, Kato, Bachmann and many more. We have accessories including Metcalfe, track, controllers, full train sets, locomotives and rolling stock, figures and scenery. 
We stock children’s train sets from Thomas and Friends as well as other child friendly retailers. 
We also offer a repair service via our Train Doctor as accidents do happen!

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Models and accessories

We have a large range of model kits including Airfix, Revell and Tamiya. We also stock everything you need to build, decorate and create your models such as glues, Humbrol paints, brushes and sprays. 


In addition, we have a large range of Corgi cars, Scalextric, remote control vehicles, children’s toys and much much more. New stock arrives every week. 

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CUSTOM BUILDS

Let us bring your project to life.

We’ve been designing and creating custom dolls houses for our customers for over 25 years. We can incorporate your requirements and produce a bespoke dolls house to suit your needs. You may want us to build to fit a particular space in your home, or you may have always had a hankering for something specific but have not been able to find the exact product you want.
We have created anything from exact model replicas of people’s childhood homes to American style 1950’s diners.

Have a look at our previous projects below and contact us for a consultation.  
 

Previous Commissions and Projects

Tudor Thatched Cottage

June 2016
Howard completed this Tudor style thatched cottage as a custom build for a lady who wanted a unique family heirloom to pass on to her grandchildren.
The build took five weeks and the interior design was to the customers own specifications. The build included a smoking chimney, real wood floorboards, beams, hand bricked stacks and inglehook fireplaces.
Howard impressively added a hand thatched roof which certainly gave the project the WOW factor. The customer was delighted with the end result and remarked that the craftmanship was excellent.

Howard is happy to discuss any of the techniques used for this project in store and is on hand to guide you through your own project.

Bates Family House

October 2019
Kieran recently finished off this instantly recognisable Hollywood iconic symbol of eerieness. This house is a replica of the Bates’ family house from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece “Psycho”. It is such a good replica, you can almost see Mother through the window! This project uses reclaimed materials, weathering techniques and took Kieran a month to complete.  He drew the plans from images of the house in the film and is delighted with the final results. 

This dolls house is available to purchase and is on display in the shop and its undecorated inside to allow you to enjoy creating the final look! Please enquire in store.

Our Team

Howard Phillips

Howard began his business in 1985 when he changed careers from Firefighting to model building which explains the location of his business which is built on the former site of the Twyford Firehouse. Due to his remarkable attention to detail in dollshouse construction, he was inducted into the Guild of Master Craftsman in 1995 and has not looked back. After expanding the business from dolls houses and gifts into a much larger range of models and railway he strives to provide the personal touch to your projects and is always on hand to give advice and guidance. 

Kieran Phillips

Kieran joined the team in 2018 as a custom project designer. He is mostly found in the warehouse designing custom builds, such as bespoke dolls houses and railway layouts for customers all over the world, who have been delighted with his work. Kieran has demonstrated that creativity and attention to detail runs in the family.  

In his spare time Kieran enjoys building bespoke furniture from reclaimed materials as well as rennovating/ restoring antique furniture. 

Extended Team

Over the years we have added a team of experts to help you while you create. The Train Doctor can keep your locos moving and healthy.  A weathering expert can add character to your layout and stock. Our team also have many years experience in electrical installation and internal decorating of dolls houses. 

Customer Reviews

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our customers say:

What a fantastic shop! So much to choose from and super helpful to me (I know nothing about model railway building as i am a complete novice!) I’ll be back as soon as i am ready for the next stage of my first setup- the scenery!


*****

HH, June 2018

If you are looking for a model shop in the Reading area then this is the place to visit. Stocking model railways both new and second hand. Scalextric, model kits, paints and proper dolls houses. Howard the manager and owner is always friendly and helpful and full of great advice. If you are passing Twyford it is definately worth popping in. 

***** 

JH, April 2019

My wife and I are absolute newbies in the minaturist world, i bought my wife her first ever dollshouse as a Christmas present/ retirement project. we have visited the store twice in the last weeks and the staff, and other customers, are an absolute goldmine of information. This shop gives the kind of old fashioned customer service that i had thought was lost. 


*****

JC, April 2019

Contact us

You contact us by phone 0118 934 3700 or by using the form below: