In 2019, ultimate Potterheads are basking in the ongoing Potter mania that still continues to be such a force around the world. The franchise is seemingly unstoppable.
Universal Studios Florida has just opened up its third incredible attraction at the theme park’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. JK Rowling has just announced four exciting new books based around the lessons studied at Hogwarts. And what’s more – a replica of Hagrid’s cottage has been built in the heart of Yorkshire, England, offering you a place to stay for the night as an immersive vacation experience.
The Groundskeepers’ Cottage looks amazingly realistic, so it’s sure to get booked up pretty quickly in the years to come. Don’t miss out on the chance to book your weekend away. Let’s take a look!
Where is the cottage?
The vacation home is situated in Liverton on the North York Moors National Park. It’s design, appearance and interior take full inspiration from Hagrid’s hut found on the grounds of Hogwarts, giving you the opportunity to see what it could be like to spend the night with the loveable hairy giant as your guard.
If it takes your fancy, it’ll cost you £195 a night (around $252). Plus an extra fee if you want to bring your fluffy canine with you too.
What’s it like?
The cottage was built to celebrate and rejoice in the magic of JK’s world-dominating novel series, opening up just ahead of International Harry Potter Day – 2 May. This is the annual celebration of Harry Potter because it was the date that the Battle of Hogwarts took place.
The exterior aesthetic of the cottage is uncanny to Hagrid’s Hut, and inside it’s no different either. Knock on the door, and you’ll walk in to see a familiar looking room from some of your favorite scenes in the films. The home itself can sleep up to six guests, with a kitchen, dining area, and a large luxurious bathroom complete with a copper bath.
The lounge is where all the action’s at. It’s a large and cozy seating area with a beautiful log-roasting fireplace, perfect for cozying up with loved ones in front of the flames, having family fun playing a board game, or even snuggling under a blanket to watch a Harry Potter film.
Who built it?
It’s owned by a Yorkshire woman named Carol Cavendish, a life-long Potterhead who found joy and comfort in the book series after being diagnosed with dyslexia.
She’s spoken out about the franchise saying: “Books are and always will be an important part in my life. Even after being diagnosed with dyslexia I managed to teach myself to read. I always used to turn to Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings books for pure escapism.”
The cottage itself cost £195,000 to build (around $248,000). It was funded through a grant donated from the Rural Development for England, hoping the cottage will become a popular attraction and a wonderful addition to the community for years to come.
Owner Carol Cavendish has explained how much she wants the cottage to provide many happy guests with many wonderfully enchanting memories. She hopes that those who visit can “leave the everyday mundanity of life behind and instead, step into a scene from their favorite storybook.” We can’t wait to get over there and stay in Hagrid’s Cottage!