Yes, You Can Now Spend The Night In Hagrid’s Cottage From ‘Harry Potter’
Real life is just so… real. Don’t you wish it was a bit more fantastical? Vacations are nice, but instead of getting away from work, what if you could get away from your reality for a bit? Movies are such a wonderful escape. They transport us to other countries and even other worlds, but they only last about an hour and a half (or sometimes three if they’re giant epics), but then we have to return to the real world, a place devoid of any magic.
Well, there is actually still magic in the world if you’re willing to search for it, and we’ve found it. The next time you have some vacation time saved up, instead of going to Hawaii (which is very nice, don’t get us wrong), why don’t you travel to one of the most beloved worlds in all of fiction? How is this possible? Well, we’re happy to show you…
There is perhaps no fictional world more magical than the world of the boy wizard, Harry Potter.
After all, it’s all about magic. How great would it be to get away and spend a couple of days in the same world as Mr. Potter?
No one is ever hyped about going to school, but getting to learn a few things at Hogwarts would be a dream come true for millions of people all around the world. Sadly, it’s not to be.
Or is it? The Harry Potter series is absolutely filled with characters that are beloved.
One of them is the gentle giant Hagrid. He tends to the grounds at Hogwarts, and he lives in a little cottage. Look how cute it is.
Wouldn’t this make a wonderful little getaway in the country? Sadly, it isn’t real. There’s no way you could ever visit Hagrid’s cottage, and we’re surely not just vamping right now to misdirect you so you’ll be surprised by what we reveal next…
Oh, would you look at that! You actually can stay in Hagrid’s cottage in real life. What a surprise!
This replica of Hagrid’s Hogwarts Groundskeeper Cottage has just opened in a holiday park near Saltburn, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
It was opened specifically at this time to celebrate International Harry Potter Day on May 2nd. And what better way to celebrate this and every future Harry Potter Day than by spending it here?
This cottage is a project of love and passion by its owner, Carol Cavendish, who is opening it up to the world as a destination.
She said she did this because, “Books have always been an important part of my life even after being diagnosed with dyslexia when I taught myself to read.
They’ve also helped me through challenging times when I would turn to the Harry Potter books and Lord of the Rings for pure escapism.”
Magic In Real Life
She continued, saying, “That’s why it is so fantastic to create an environment where others can also leave behind their everyday life and step into their favorite storybook.”
As you can tell, she took pride in not only making this cottage a wonderful replica on the outside…
She made the humble abode from the books more comfy and cozy on the inside. If you stay here, you won’t be roughing it. Look how awesome that living room looks!
So staying in a popular destination spot based on such a popular series must cost a fortune, right?
Thankfully, no. The cost of staying a night here is only £195 ($254 in U.S. dollars). That’s comparable to a decent hotel or a nicer AirBnB.
And those places can’t give you the feeling that you would get here. This is a marvelous structure, which is made up of three-interlocking circular rooms and cost £195,000 (just over $254,000 in U.S. dollars) to create. Not too shabby, which is saying something considering what it’s modeled after.
The Real Thing
We didn’t get to spend too much time in Hagrid’s cottage in the movies or the books.
But from what we saw, it was a relatively humble place to make a home. This real life cottage is far more luxurious.
It’s large enough to fit up to six die-hard Harry Potterheads, boasting a double bedroom, bunk beds and a lavish leather sofa bed. Then again, maybe Hagrid’s cottage was just as spacious, it just didn’t seem that way because he was a literal giant.
Attention To Detail
You’re not just paying for the pleasure of staying in a location straight out of the story.
As you can see, this place is swanky af. When was the last time you saw a bathroom that was this nice?
Have you ever even used a bathroom this nice? We know we haven’t. This place features its own free-standing copper bath in a bathroom paved with stylish emerald green tiles. If only poor Hagrid was blessed with such amenities. He definitely deserved them.
You know how back on the show MTV Cribs they used to always refer to the bedroom as the place where the magic happened?
This takes on an entirely different meaning when you’re staying in a place where magic actually happens.
It should probably be noted that you won’t actually be able to conduct any spells here. You need years of training from the real Hogwarts to be able to pull that off. Hopefully that will be Cavendish’s next project to tackle.
Every single aspect of this cottage is geared towards enhancing your Harry Potter inspired experience.
The space also boasts an enormous stone fireplace and Hogwarts-style stained windows. The rustic feel honestly makes it seeml like you’re staying with the magical groundskeeper.
You’re even allowed to bring pets for an additional fee. Just make sure they’re well-behaved. After all, if you’re staying in Hagrid’s place, you should be able to tame your beast the same way that he does. Hopefully yours aren’t as terrifying as his.
It isn’t just the obvious structural marvels that evoke the feeling of being on the grounds of Hogwarts.
The cottage has also been littered with old ropes, baskets, leather bags and lanterns to give the impression that you’re one of Hagrid’s house guests.
It feels like at any moment he might come in to grab one of his items and get back to work. Don’t worry, you’re not intruding. You’re his guest, and don’t need the invisibility cloak to hide.
Write Your Own Story
Harry Potter and his adventures all began with writing, so of course writing is a part of this experience.
In the living room, Cavendish left a Hogwarts-esque ink pot and quill that guests are encouraged to write in while they stay.
You might just want to sign it as a way of saying you were there. You could even leave a message to all future guests. Who knows? You might even find yourself inspired by your surroundings and wind up writing a epic story series of your own… though you’ll need a few more pages.
This place seems amazing, so be sure that if you stay here to keep it that way.
It’s tempting to trash a place when you’re away from home. After all, it isn’t your place, so why bother cleaning up after yourself?
But while you’re here, be sure to treat the place with some respect. You should do that anywhere that you’re a guest, but especially here. You don’t want to upset someone that knows some spells that could mess you up.
So on your next vacation, if you want to do something Harry Potter-themed, this is the absolute best place to stay.
You’ll have to fly or drive here. It’d be nice if you could do both at the same time on Hagrid’s motorbike.
Unfortunately, that isn’t included in the stay. But while you have a place to stay, which is nice, you’d likely want to do some other things while on vacation. Here are the best Harry Potter destinations…
If you want to see Hogwarts, you sort of can. It’s sadly not a real place.
But the castles that were used in filming are, and you can check them out. Starting with one of the most well-known, Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.
It was featured in Sorcerer’s Stone, where Harry had his first flying lesson and showed his promise as a Seeker. Filming also took place at Durham Cathedral and Oxford University, the latter of which was used for the Great Hall, within Christ Church College.
One of the most beloved Harry Potter destination locations is where the idea for the boy wizard was born.
Edinburgh’s Elephant House cafe is known and beloved around the world, because it’s where J.K. Rowling first imagined and put the story into words.
You can visit the cafe between the hours of 8AM to 10PM every day of the week and 11PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Usually cafes don’t have such long hours, but not surprisingly, this is a popular place now.
Platform 9 3/4
Any true Harry Potter fan doesn’t need to be told what this is, they already know.
King’s Cross Station isn’t like it was in the film – they actually renumbered platforms 4 and 5 at King’s Cross as nine and 10.
But there is a 9 ¾ sign with a luggage cart disappearing into the wall that has become a top tourist attraction.
There’s also a shop next to it for Harry Potter memorabilia, and even a bar if you want to wait out the long lines.
Remember that snake scene where we all learn that Harry is able to speak in Parseltongue?
That was filmed in London Zoo’s Reptile House. There’s even a plaque there, so you’ll know you’re in the right place.
So now you can stand exactly where a young Daniel Radcliffe stood while having a conversation with the Burmese Python. While you’re here, you can also enjoy the rest of the zoo. It’s open every day of the year except for Christmas.
Victoria Street and Candlemaker Row in Edinburgh, Scotland is the location that inspired Diagon Alley.
There’s also a plaque here to let you know you’re in the right place. There’s even a mural you can find on Candlemaker Row.
And any true fan knows that the entrance is through The Leaky Cauldron. While this actual place can only be found in a studio, in London you can visit the exterior shots where The Leaky Cauldron was filmed: Leadenhall Market. Be a travel completionist and visit them all!
So how much do you really love the world of Harry Potter? If it’s a lot, then visit it!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios is fantastic, but there are so many other places to see and to stay.
So go ahead and make a reservation to say in Hagrid’s cottage for your next vacation. You may want to book it now, because the wait list will likely be long. As you can imagine, finding magic like this in the world makes it quite popular.