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Hagrid's Cottage From Harry Potter Is Now Taking Overnight Guests

May 01, 2019
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Hagrid's Cottage From Harry Potter Is Now Taking Overnight Guests
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Can't make it to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter World in Universal Orlando this summer? Don't fret. Hagrid is taking guests in Northern England.

OK, not exactly. But think of this as a good thing, because anyone who has at least seen the Harry Potter movies knows that Hagrid's actual hut doesn't scream posh accommodations. Rather, we have The Ground Keeper's Cottage at North Shire near Saltburn on the edge of the North York Moors National Park — which not only takes inspiration from the Hogwarts legend, but adds quite a few luxurious touches as well.

Owner Carol Cavendish Outside The Property CHARLOTTE GRAHAM/COVER IMAGESHoliday home inspired by Harry PotterÕs HagridÕs Hut opens on the North York Moors Harry Potter fans can now rent a holiday cottage inspired by the fictional home of one of the booksÕ main characters, Rubeus Hagrid. The GroundkeeperÕs Cottage has just opened at North Shire near Saltburn on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, inspired by the film portrayal of HagridÕs Hut in the Harry Potter novels. The opening comes just ahead of International Harry Potter Day (2 May). The cottage comprises three interlocking circular slate-roofed buildings, two with turrets, and all with stained glass windows. Guests approach the lantern-lit wooden door before stepping into the spacious open plan living space comprising galley kitchen, dining area, seating in front of a feature fireplace and wood beams festooned with Hagrid-style paraphernalia such as old baskets, ropes, leather bags and lanterns. From the living room one door leads to the circular bedroom complete with double bed and a rustic wooden bunk bed, while a second door opens onto a large bathroom where the star feature is a huge freestanding copper bath. The owner Carol Cavendish, who has been a Harry Potter fan since her early 20s, has also incorporated small touches such as an ink bottle and quill and bespoke copper basin in the bathroom. However whereas Hagrid would have lived relatively frugally, guests staying in GroundkeeperÕs cottage wonÕt have to skimp on lifeÕs luxuries as two comfy sofas in the living room together with sleigh bed and high quality mattresses on the bunk bed make it more of a cosy, comfortable retreat. The cottage, which is available for rent from £195 per night, sleeps up to six (four in the bedroom and two on a sofabed). For those who want to bring their own Fang, one well-behaved dog is also allowed at a small extra cost. This is the next stage in North ShireÕs vision to create a storybook f
Owner Carol Cavendish outside the property. (Photo by Charlotte Graham / Cover Images)

This cottage is riddled with magical inside jokes that owner and creator Carol Cavendish, longtime Potterhead, incorporated to assure guests get a charming "wizarding world" experience. “Books have always been an important part of my life even after being diagnosed with dyslexia when I taught myself to read," Cavendish told Metro UK. "They’ve also helped me through challenging times when I would turn to the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books for pure escapism.”

Some of these touches in the cottage include an assortment of ink bottles and quills, a copper basin that's reminiscent of Dumbledore's pensieve, old baskets, ropes, leather bags and lanterns.

Picture Shows Living Area Holiday home inspired by Harry PotterÕs HagridÕs Hut opens on the North York Moors Harry Potter fans can now rent a holiday cottage inspired by the fictional home of one of the booksÕ main characters, Rubeus Hagrid. The GroundkeeperÕs Cottage has just opened at North Shire near Saltburn on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, inspired by the film portrayal of HagridÕs Hut in the Harry Potter novels. The opening comes just ahead of International Harry Potter Day (2 May). The cottage comprises three interlocking circular slate-roofed buildings, two with turrets, and all with stained glass windows. Guests approach the lantern-lit wooden door before stepping into the spacious open plan living space comprising galley kitchen, dining area, seating in front of a feature fireplace and wood beams festooned with Hagrid-style paraphernalia such as old baskets, ropes, leather bags and lanterns. From the living room one door leads to the circular bedroom complete with double bed and a rustic wooden bunk bed, while a second door opens onto a large bathroom where the star feature is a huge freestanding copper bath. The owner Carol Cavendish, who has been a Harry Potter fan since her early 20s, has also incorporated small touches such as an ink bottle and quill and bespoke copper basin in the bathroom. However whereas Hagrid would have lived relatively frugally, guests staying in GroundkeeperÕs cottage wonÕt have to skimp on lifeÕs luxuries as two comfy sofas in the living room together with sleigh bed and high quality mattresses on the bunk bed make it more of a cosy, comfortable retreat. The cottage, which is available for rent from £195 per night, sleeps up to six (four in the bedroom and two on a sofabed). For those who want to bring their own Fang, one well-behaved dog is also allowed at a small extra cost. This is the next stage in North ShireÕs vision to create a storybook fantasy world for guests. Back i
Photo by Charlotte Graham / Cover Images

The layout and look of the cottage is also pretty authentic to the movie-version of Hagrid's hut itself with circular rooms, a stone fireplace, stained glass windows, stylishly rugged hardwood floors and "wood beams festooned with Hagrid-style paraphernalia."

CHARLOTTE GRAHAM/COVER IMAGES
Photo by Charlotte Graham / Cover Images

Fans will also recognize the bathroom, while not very Hagridesque (yes, that's a word now), it looks a bit like the Department of Mysteries.

Picture Shows Bath Room Holiday home inspired by Harry PotterÕs HagridÕs Hut opens on the North York Moors Harry Potter fans can now rent a holiday cottage inspired by the fictional home of one of the booksÕ main characters, Rubeus Hagrid. The GroundkeeperÕs Cottage has just opened at North Shire near Saltburn on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, inspired by the film portrayal of HagridÕs Hut in the Harry Potter novels. The opening comes just ahead of International Harry Potter Day (2 May). The cottage comprises three interlocking circular slate-roofed buildings, two with turrets, and all with stained glass windows. Guests approach the lantern-lit wooden door before stepping into the spacious open plan living space comprising galley kitchen, dining area, seating in front of a feature fireplace and wood beams festooned with Hagrid-style paraphernalia such as old baskets, ropes, leather bags and lanterns. From the living room one door leads to the circular bedroom complete with double bed and a rustic wooden bunk bed, while a second door opens onto a large bathroom where the star feature is a huge freestanding copper bath. The owner Carol Cavendish, who has been a Harry Potter fan since her early 20s, has also incorporated small touches such as an ink bottle and quill and bespoke copper basin in the bathroom. However whereas Hagrid would have lived relatively frugally, guests staying in GroundkeeperÕs cottage wonÕt have to skimp on lifeÕs luxuries as two comfy sofas in the living room together with sleigh bed and high quality mattresses on the bunk bed make it more of a cosy, comfortable retreat. The cottage, which is available for rent from £195 per night, sleeps up to six (four in the bedroom and two on a sofabed). For those who want to bring their own Fang, one well-behaved dog is also allowed at a small extra cost. This is the next stage in North ShireÕs vision to create a storybook fantasy world for guests. Back in
Photo by Charlotte Graham / Cover Images

The hut also has a galley kitchen, dining space and room for the whole family (two sofas, a queen-sized sleigh bed and a bunk bed) and yes, dogs — as long as they're better behaved than Fang — are allowed join for a "small extra cost."

The Ground Keeper’s Cottage will start taking guests May 2 to celebrate "Harry Potter Day", but you can make bookings now. Rent starts at currently 195 pounds ($252) per evening. And when you book, don't forget to use your Chase Sapphire Reserve to get 3x points on travel. Now that's magic.

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  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
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  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
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