Wizards and Witches, You can Now Relive Some Harry Potter Moments: What You Should Know about Staying at the Godric’s Hollow
It is no doubt that J.K. Rowling’s finest creation, Harry Potter, rules the modern world of literature. Its impact in pop culture is immensely felt by fans young and old for a book that is originally meant to be read by 9 to 11 years old. Fans of the novels grew up with the boy who lived and his magical adventures with his two best friends, Hermione and Ron.
Even more than a decade since the release of the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and eight years since the last of the two-part movie finale hit cinemas, the enchantment of the award-winning book and film series still resonates. Now, Potterheads will shriek with delight if they found out that they can now stay in one of the movie’s most iconic sets – Godric’s Hollow.
Fictional Wizard Community
The village, which was named after one of the Hogwarts’ founders, Godric Gryffindor, was seen in the first part of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows and other related merchandise like Christmas cards and video games.
But, it is greatly seen on the part where Harry and Hermione visited the graves of the former’s parents and their old home before they were killed by he who shall not be named. This community was home to many wizards, including the Dumbledore family.
In real life, the village is just a home called De Vere House, parts of which are duplicated to create the make-believe wizard town. It is in Lavenham, home to Britain’s 300 heritage properties and you can rent it on Airbnb.
The former five-star bed and breakfast that has been standing since the 14th century, although in 1929 it was renovated while some parts of it were demolished. The cottage is striking at first look, with brick-and-wood stripes that are all over the house’s exterior. Though the main oak door was added only during the house’s renovation, it still bears the symbol of the De Vere family, the original owners of the house.
The lintel, however, was retained from the 15th century, which still carries carved emblems of John de Vere, Oxford’s 13th duke, and also intricate carvings depicting the family’s long history. Much of the details in the house interior are from the 1400s or 1500s, like the meticulously carved ceiling beams that guests see upon entering. These beams, according to their website, were from the 15th century.
Rent a Room
In the app, you can rent a room in this historic two-bedroom cottage. Each room was named after the first lord and lady of the house – John and his wife Lady Elizabeth Howard. The John room features a four-poster bed, a separate lying sofa, a desk, and an en suite bathroom complete with a shower and a roll-top bathtub.
The Lady Elizabeth room also has a four-poster bed, a desk, and a lounge chair. This room was added during the renovation, hence it throws in an Edwardian nod. It also gives you a view of the rose garden and is a tad bit larger than the other room. Plus, it also comes with an adjacent bathroom.
Aside from the rooms, the guests can also wander in other parts of the house like the garden, a reading room with fireplace, and the dining hall where breakfasts that are included in your stay are served. Funnily, babies and children are not allowed in the house, maybe in the fear that Voldemort may get them.
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