Possible Delays due to Coronavirus. Due to the large number of orders that we are experiencing due to the Governments state of emergency and lock down both ourselves and couriers are experiencing staff shortages. Express deliveries make take longer than 1 or 2 working days to deliver. The closing of all high street shops is likely to add further demands and cause further delays in the coming weeks. We value your business and thank you for your patience and understanding in these difficult times. We will do our best to support you and keep operating as long as we can remain open.
The majority of our items are delivered within 2 working days from the date of dispatch although this is not guaranteed and can take up to 4 working days, especially during busy periods. We aim to dispatch orders received by 10.30 a.m on the same day.
We also offer Expedited Shipping within Mainland UK for many products, with delivery within 1 - 2 working days from the date of dispatch. We do not ship on weekends or Bank Holidays.
Deliveries are by Royal Mail 48 (Standard Delivery), Royal Mail 24 (Expedited Delivery) or, for heavier items, by courier.
The following items are sent direct from the manufacturer/supplier and delivery information is as follows:
- Win Green playhouses are dispatched within 1-2 working days by Fedex next working day delivery. Smaller items are sent by Royal Mail.
- Kiddiewinkles playhouses are dispatched within 1-2 working days by myHermes 2-4 day delivery. Smaller items are sent by Royal Mail.
- Easy2Name items are dispatched within 3-5 working days (if you select one of the special colours for an additional £2 the delivery time is up to 21 days).
- Mungai Mirrors are dispatched within 1-3 working days. Mirrors up to and including 45cm are sent by Royal Mail. Larger mirrors (60cm and over) are dispatched by courier and are typically delivered within 1-2 working days from dispatch.
If at any point we think that we will take longer than this, we will inform you as soon as possible. Please contact us for special delivery requests.
We hold the majority of our ranges in stock and get regular deliveries from our suppliers. We do everything we can to keep our stock levels up to date. In the unlikely event that you order an item that is not in stock we will contact you within 24 hours to ask if you want to wait for your item or would prefer a full refund.
The Standard Delivery postage cost for most items sent to the UK mainland is £3.95 and Expedited Delivery is £5.85 (Band 1). Orders over £60 qualify for free standard delivery within mainland UK. The following items have a delivery charge of £5.95 (Band 2):
- Mirrors, Babyface, and Millhouse products
- 3 Sprouts Toy Chests (all other 3 Sprouts items are £3.95 for delivery)
If you order multiple items you will only pay one delivery charge (if your basket includes one of the items listed above with a £5.95 delivery charge you will be charged £5.95 for your full order).
Delivery charges will be calculated automatically at the checkout.
We can deliver to many European countries. We are however unable to deliver to USA or Canada. When you enter an overseas address that we can ship to, you will be asked to select the appropriate delivery charge. Please note that we are unable to send acrylic mirrors overseas.
As delivery charges overseas can be very variable we reserve the right to cancel and refund your order if the delivery costs would be considerably in excess of this. However, if the delivery charge is lower we will refund the difference minus a small charge for packaging.
Our free delivery offers are valid within mainland UK only.
Isle of Wight, Northern Ireland and Channel Islands including Jersey
Parcels within the Royal Mail parcel size limits for a medium parcel cost the same for us to dispatch to the Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Northern Ireland as to the Mainland UK. Unfortunately, larger parcels need to be sent by courier and can be very expensive. For this reason, we apply a standard charge for delivery. If your parcel is within the Royal Mail limits we will refund the difference between this standard charge and the charge we apply for Mainland UK delivery. As well as furniture items, some of our very large wall sticker sets including the Scroll Tree and Giant Tree stickers are too long to be sent as a medium parcel. Please contact us if you would like advise on whether your parcel is likely to exceed the Royal Mail sizes.
For other countries, please email email@example.com for a delivery quote.
Highlands and Islands
Similar to Channel Islands and N.I, courier costs for parcels that we cannot send via Royal Mail due to size / weight restrictions can be very expensive. We apply a tiered shipping charge based on the approximate weight and dimensions of your order. We will refund excess shipping charges if the actual shipping cost is lower than our charge. We equally reserve the right to ask for additional shipping charge payment if the actual cost is more than £5 higher than our charge.
Applicable post codes are: AB37-38, AB54-56, FK17-21, HS, IV1-63, KA27-28, KW1-17, PA20-49, PA60-78, PH19-26, PH30-40, PH42-44, PH49-50, ZE.
Please allow additional time for delivery, over and above the timescales indicated on the product page.
You may specify delivery instructions and / or have your order sent to a business or mail forwarding address, however this is at your own risk and Dotty Hippo will not accept claims for missing parcels where you have instructed us to ship to an address that is different to the billing address, or for the couriers to leave the parcel anywhere outside the billing address.
Delivery to multiple addresses are not possible from a single order and customers should submit separate orders and be subject to separate delivery charges for each address.
Dotty Hippo Ltd cannot be held responsible for incorrect billing or delivery addresses being submitted at the time of order. Please double check your delivery address prior to submitting your order.
Where a delivery cannot be made due to incorrect or incomplete address details being provided by the customer, Dotty Hippo reserves the right to charge the full cost of the re-delivery. If at that time the customer requests cancellation of the order, we will issue a refund, less the shipping charge paid and less a 60 pence handling charge. In the case of the order having been free of P+P charge, we will issue a refund less the standard £3.95 carriage charge and less a 60 pence handling charge. We will not issue a refund for any personalised item returned to us due to a failed delivery.