Harry Potter fans, we’ve got excellent news. Ever wanted to have the full Potter experience by staying in the actual childhood home Harry was raised in? Well, now you can.
De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk is a 600-year-old property that is rich in history but became widely popular after featuring in the first Harry Potter film, The Deathly Hallows Part One.
The ancient property, which is believed to have its own tales of witchcraft and ghosts, is currently hosting guests for overnight stays.
Owners Jane and Tony Ranzetta, who have lived in De Vere House for over 20 years, have converted the gorgeous 14th century building into a fabulous guesthouse where the public can book to stay in one of the two guest bedrooms, each featuring a four-poster bed with en-suite bathroom. They will also have access to a private guest sitting room with log fire, and a traditional courtyard.
The house and the village is it located in were some of the biggest inspirations behind the fictional wizard community in Harry Potter titled, Godric’s Hollow. It was also were Harry’s parents died on 31 October 1981.
‘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,’ said owner Tony, as reported by The Sun.
‘The house is often referred to as ‘The Harry Potter House’ by locals and in the media, and a huge picture of our front door can be seen at the Warner Bros’ exhibition on the making of Harry Potter.’
He continued: ‘In fact, 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.’
Guests can book a stay at the De Vere House via Airbnb, where prices start from just £110 per night. So if you fancy a spooky Harry Potter-themed getaway, then get yourself booked in.