Fancy living at Hogwarts? Harry Potter’s stomping ground is up for sale
PUBLISHED: 16:46 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:46 25 September 2015
Gothic Hertfordshire mansion, used as a filming location for a plethora of movies and television shows, is being transformed into luxury apartments in Royal Connaught Park.
There’s no special train journey required to get there, you won’t be taught defence against the dark arts and your arch nemesis won’t try and kill you at graduation. But it’s still possible for you to live at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Gothic period home in Bushey, Herts wasn’t actually used as the exterior of Hogwarts itself, but the dining room was used as the banqueting hall in Harry Potter 1, 2 and 3.
As well as this, Dumbledore’s office scenes were partially shot there, as were several external scenes that took place in the grounds.
Royal Connaught Park was built in 1903, is Grade II listed and used to be The Royal Masonic School for Boys until 1977 (not quite a magical academy), then the United States International University (Europe) until 2007. Afterwards it fell into usage by film companies for location work, and appeared in 397 movies such as “St Trinian’s”, “Hot Fuzz” and “Starter for Ten”.
On TV, it’s shown up in the likes of “EastEnders”, “Silent Witness”, “Midsomer Murders” and “Spooks”.
Soon it will be the site of apartments, detached homes and townhouses, in a gated development and with 100 acres of surrounding parkland. The new design is individual in its own right, with no two homes the same, and much of the original detail retained throughout, such as ornate staircases, exposed beams and vintage stonework.
You can live at “Hogwarts” for somewhere in the region of £649,000 to £2.8 million.
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