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.
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.
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.”