The ultimate Airbnb for Harry Potter fans is located in Suffolk, England. The house used as the iconic character's family home in the movies is now taking reservations for guests to stay the night. The small cottage was once a well-known bed and breakfast before the franchise used it. The location is now owned by Carol Cavendish, who is a long-time Harry Potter fan of both the books by J.K. Rowling and the big screen adaptations.
Harry Potter fanatics know the former bed and breakfast to be the home of Harry's parents, Lily and James Potter. They intended to bring him up there, but they were later killed by Lord Voldemort. Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore also grew up there. "Books have always been an important part of my life even after being diagnosed with dyslexia when I taught myself to read," says Carol Cavendish when asked about buying the place and renting it out to fans. "They've always helped me through challenging times when I would turn to the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books for pure escapism."
Carol Cavendish enjoys the fact that she can have Harry Potter fans come stay at her place, she also lives there, to find some real-life escapism. The fictional Godric's Hollow is actually the medieval village of Lavenham in Suffolk, England and Cavendish enjoys telling guests about the rich history of the cottage and town surrounding it. One review from the Airbnb site praises Cavendish for her knowledge of the area. De Vere House is up for 254 English Pounds, which includes two nights, breakfast, and includes cleaning.
De Vere House rentals offer a private room, which can accommodate two adults. There's also a private living room included in the stay with a full library of books to read. Two "four poster bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms, TV, WiFi internet access, private guest sitting room with log fire and courtyard garden." The place is rather old and not suitable for children or anybody who may have mobility issues, as it is not that big. Guests are also welcome to the rest of the house, including the courtyard. The price is actually pretty cheap and Harry Potter fans have already taken notice.
Getting a room at De Vere House can prove to be quite difficult. As of this writing, the earliest guests would be able to even get a shot at staying there is February of next year. So, if you're planning a visit before then, don't expect to be staying in Harry Potter's family home. If the rooms are all booked up, fans can attempt to stay at The Groundkeeper's Cottage at North Shire near the North York Moors National Park. The cottage, which recently opened to the public, is modeled after Rubeus Hagrid's Hut and has become another popular place for Potter fans to visit and stay. You can head over to Airbnb for more information on staying at De Vere House.