UK homeowner turns her house into a wizard-themed Airbnb

Harry Potter fans can go on a magical city break of their dreams after a homeowner turned her terraced house into a wizard-themed Airbnb.

Hannah Chapman, 29, spent three months renovating the £232,000 two-bed property in York with an interior featuring levitating candles, a potion cabinet, and a cauldron.

From £198 a night, visitors can sleep in a set of bunk beds, just like those in Hogwarts boarding houses, which are large enough to fit adults.

And Harry Potter fans may find the bathroom has a distinctly “Slytherin” feel, with green tiling and a metallic snake weaving its way up the sink.

For the warm summer evenings, guests can also retire to the courtyard, where there is a chiminea fire pit to sit around and tell spooky stories.

Hannah, who spent £40,000 converting the house, said it offers guests an “escape from reality”.

She said: "Some people might find it a little spooky if they come to stay, but the house generally gives a warm and comfortable feel.

“There’s no dark magic. We’ve only got friendly love potions in there – so nothing bad.

“And if you’re a Harry Potter fan in particular, or if you like that sort of thing, then you’ll just find it very cosy.”

The designer had ambitions to embark on the project several years ago after spending her childhood consumed by magical stories - from Hocus Pocus to Harry Potter.

And when she finally got her hands on the keys to the late 1800s property in York, she stripped it back to reveal its “beautiful” original features.

Hannah said some guests might find the property a little “spooky” but added there was no “dark magic” to be found in the gothic styled terrace.

Hannah moved to York in her 20s to study at Northern College of Costume, and had later hatched a plan to one day create a magic-themed home.

Harry Potter fans will also delight at the snug, located just below the staircase, which is equipped with its own potion cabinet and a cauldron.

She said: “I’ve always grown up with Harry Potter, Hocus Pocus, The Adams Family, and I’ve always been interested in the magical side of things.

“And I just wanted to create something unique that reflected York quite well, because the city has quite a lot of history, and lots to do with Witchcraft as well.

“Nearly everything – 85 per cent of the contents of the property – was sourced from charity shops, recycling centres, eBay, and Facebook marketing groups.”

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