Are you a Harry Potter fan and have a spare 1 million pounds?

Posted: 31/08/2012

If you’re potty about Potter and have a spare £1 million pounds in the bank, you could purchase the cottage where Harry Potter was born! The Grade I listed building in Lavenham, Suffolk called de Vere House is a 14th century cottage and for sale at £950,000.

The de Vere House is the second most photographed doorway in the country behind number 10 Downing Street, which may be a problem when it comes to privacy! The cottage was featured as the birthplace of both Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore, the head master of Hogworts. The cottage was also filmed for the final stand between Lord Voldemort and Harry’s parents where Harry received his lightening bolt scar.

But less about the fictional fantasy film and more about the property! The inside of the building includes a reception hall, dining room, drawing table, kitchen/breakfast room, three double bedrooms, laundry room, an attic room and two bathrooms. The stunning medieval cottage also includes a five star self catering wing with a reading room, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, two double bedrooms and a shower room.

The 14th century cottage has had many names in the past, ranging from the de Vere Hunting Lodge, Oxford Cottages and the Oxford House since the powerful de Vere family’s reign over the property ended in the 17th century. The building also includes the remains of one of the last garde-robes to be installed in the UK.

The current owners, Mr and Mrs Ranxetta first discovered the property on a day trip to Lananham 20 years ago and since purchasing it, have restored the cottage and gardens uncovering many ornate decorations including mediaeval paintings and carvings. Historians also believe that the house was once visited by King Henry VI in 1498.

So if you’re lucky enough to purchase this enchanting, historic building, you should be truly honoured to be a part of its great history and you will have many Harry Potter fans very jealous!

In related news, the author of Harry Potter, JK Rowling has been granted planning permission to build two 40ft high tree houses in her garden. The tree houses will feature turrets and tunnels which have not been favoured by her neighbours and local residents. The estimated cost to erect the tree houses is £250,000 as part of more major renovations to her Edinburgh home.

JK Rowling wants to build the elaborate free houses for her son and daughter, aged 9 and 7 but residents lodged complains against the size of the tree houses because they would be visable from the road which would blight the conservation area. However, the planning application was approved and dismissed claims that the tree houses would affect the conservation area. The planning application did not go before councillors because there were less than six objections received.

The tree houses will be built from sustainable timber by the specialists Blue Forest from Tunbright Wells in Kent. JK Rowling has spent just over £2 million in two and a half years on her property including the purchase of a 1970s house next door of which she demolished to create a larger garden.

What do you think of JK Rowlings desire to build two tree houses for her son and daughter?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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