Harry Potter’s (Possibly Haunted) Childhood Home Is Available to Rent on Airbnb


Since Harry Potter lived in Godric’s Hollow for just over a year before Voldemort murdered his parents, we’re exposed to it only through the occasional mention or flashback for most of the series. Then, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry and Hermione finally pay a visit to the village. Though it’s Christmastime, the circumstances aren’t exactly merry, and the appearance of a certain giant snake makes them even less so.

Having said that, it’s impossible to see the depiction of Godric’s Hollow in the film adaptation and not have at least one thought about how delightfully quaint it all seems. If you went so far as to wish you could vacation there, we have great news: Thrillist reports that the bed and breakfast whose exterior was used in the movie as Harry’s birthplace is now listed on Airbnb.

de vere house

According to its website, De Vere House in Lavenham, England, was originally built in the 14th century and owned by the de Veres, who were earls of Oxford descended from Charlemagne the Great. Its old-fashioned charm made it a perfect real-life representation of a Godric’s Hollow house, and you can see it in various film shots from 2010’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, as well as in video games and on Christmas cards.

For $142 per night, you can book a stay in a four-poster bedroom with an en suite bathroom, enjoy a private sitting room with an actual log fire, take in a little fresh air in the courtyard garden, and feast on a full English breakfast in the main dining room.

de vere house

It’s not decorated with Harry Potter-themed paraphernalia, which makes it seem even more authentic, in a way—after all, Harry’s childhood home wouldn’t have been filled with souvenir-shop memorabilia.

And, while you probably won’t see the ghosts of Lily and James Potter floating through the halls, you might glimpse one of Nearly Headless Nick’s contemporaries. The website explains that the 13th earl’s son, who died in the Tower of London, is sometimes spotted in the house, along with the ghost of a great soldier, Sir Francis Vere, and “many others.”

de vere house

If you happen to have a passion for Harry Potter, ghosts, or full English breakfasts, you can make a reservation at De Vere House here.

[h/t Thrillist]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture


This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair

- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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A Luxurious Private Island in Fiji Is Heading to Auction

Platinum Luxury Auctions
Platinum Luxury Auctions

There may be less expensive ways to get away from it all, but few are as luxurious as owning your own private island. Soon that dream will become a reality for someone with money to spend on real estate. According to Robb Report, Mai Island off the coast of Fiji is headed to auction.

Mai Island is the picture of isolation. To get there by boat, visitors must take a 90-minute trip from the neighboring island of Vanua Levu. The only other ways to access the island are by helicopter or seaplane.

The secluded location offers plenty to anyone willing to make the trek there. On the southwest side, there's a quarter-mile of sandy beach, and on the opposite end, there's a deep-water anchorage perfect for parking mega-yachts. The 32-acre island also features waterfalls, 300-year-old ruins, and a freshwater lake pristine enough to supply water to the mainland.

After a day of lounging by the ocean, residents can retreat to the cozy one-bedroom villa with its own spacious deck. There are also two separate cottages for any staff members on the island.

When Platinum Luxury Auctions sells Mai Island on Saturday, July 25, it will be one of the rare Fijian properties available for buyers residing outside the island chain to purchase outright. This auction doesn't list a minimum price, but it will likely garner some high bids. Recently, sellers listed the island at $4.2 million.

Villa on private island.

Private island in Fiji.

Beach on private island.

[h/t Robb Report]