If the news of Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse being up for grabs wasn’t enough to make your childhood dreams come true, hopefully being able to stay in Harry Potter’s family home will do the trick. De Vere House in Lavenham is where they shot the scenes set in Godric’s Hollow, which any Harry Potter-head will know is where Harry lived as a baby.
But wait, an amateur Potter fan might ask, didn’t Harry grow up with that mean aunt and uncle in Privet Drive? Is that cupboard under the stairs on Airbnb or..? We’re actually talking about the village where Harry lived with his real parents, before all that getting murdered by Voldemort business. If you watched the films you might remember it as the spot where that creepy AF old lady turned into a snake and tried to kill Harry and his friends. Anyways, it’s ready to be rented on Airbnb if you like!
The home is actually really cute, light and airy, with no dark wizards or possessed old women in sight. You can find it in Lavenham, Suffolk, which is a small medieval town in England. The hosts have turned this ancient building into an award-winning Airbnb, complete with full English breakfast every morning.
According to one of the hosts, Tom, locals refer to the house as ‘The Harry Potter House’. ‘JK Rowling was well acquainted with the village and we know her friend stayed here while she was in the process of writing the books, it was surely in her mind when she created Godric’s Hollow,’ he says.
It should also be noted that the host talks about ‘resident ghosts’ like it’s NBD. ‘One of the property’s resident ghosts, Sir Francis De Vere, is inspiration for the character of Nearly Headless Nick – Gryffindor’s house ghost who was subject to a botched execution while he was alive – and John Cleese’s outfit in the films is remarkably similar to the portrait of Francis’ costume in his portrait,’ says Tom. Chilled. So chilled.
Renting the space will set you back about R2100 a night, but who could put a price on potentially spending the night with a headless ghost, am I right?
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