Owners of ‘Harry Potter House’ drop sale price by £50,000
PUBLISHED: 22:58 22 September 2018 | UPDATED: 21:30 23 September 2018
It might be one of the most photographed houses in the UK but the property made famous for being in a Harry Potter movie has been reduced in price by £50,000.
De Vere House in Lavenham was put on the market for £1 million - and it is still on the market, now reduced to £950,000 as the search continues for a buyer.
It is described by agents Carter Jonas as: “An outstanding Grade I listed property steeped in history and, more recently, made famous for its appearance in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.”
Their description continued: “Even though Lavenham is synonymous with fine timber framed houses, De Vere House stands out as one of the most prestigious with its beautiful façade and significant period features throughout.
“The façade is jettied with exposed timbers, brick nogging (herringbone design), leaded mullions and ornate carved timbers. The front door of De Vere House is one of its most notable features and appears in numerous guide books and Treasures of Britain.”
The Water Street house appears as the young magician’s birthplace in the movie of JK Rowling’s adventure story Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part One. The home was also ‘cut up’ using various shots and used to create the entire Godrick’s Hollow village.
The actors, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson did not actually film in Lavenham, however, as the film footage was converted into computer generated images (CGIs) and used as backdrops for the actors in studio shots.
It is now said to be the second most photographed house in the UK - only just being beaten by No 10, Downing Street.
The Lavenham property currently comprises two halves which can easily be returned to one family home as it has two connecting doors. The smaller wing has previously been a successful holiday let property and comprises: a reception hall, drawing room, kitchen/dining room, two bedrooms and two en suite bathrooms.
The principal wing comprises: a stunning hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, three first floor bedrooms, a family bathroom, cloakroom, vaulted, fourth attic bedroom and an en suite shower room.
The house takes its name from the De Vere family and was previously known as Oxenford House and Oxford House. In Medieval times the De Vere family were the second richest family after the King and were responsible for creating much of Lavenham’s medieval grandeur. They also built Hedingham Castle and an ancestor, Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford is widely believed to be the true author of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare. Believed to have originally been built by the 12th Earl, De Vere House was subsequently modified by John De Vere, the 13th Earl of Oxford, and probably provided a hunting lodge.
The garden of about 0.4 acres forms a further delightful feature. There is a well-stocked south facing garden and large alfresco dining terrace to the rear of the house with typical English country cottage plantings including honeysuckle, roses, lavender and irises. A brick path leads passed a small lawn under an arch to a generous expanse of grass with mature trees, an old stable, garden stores and a kitchen garden. This area is currently home to a wonderful collection of chickens.
There is a useful driveway to the side and it would be possible to create a more defined parking area and garaging on the rear grassed area if required and subject to the necessary consents
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