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Owner wanted for historic De Vere House in Lavenham made famous by Harry Potter film




It has six bedrooms, an alfresco dining terrace, a beautifully preserved 15th century exterior ... and is something of a magnet for fans of a Hollywood blockbuster.

Offers are now coming in for a Lavenham house which featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One – more than two years after it went on the market.

Estate agency Carter Jonas has been hoping to sell the Grade I-listed De Vere House since June 2017 and has reduced the asking price from £995,000 to £950,000.

Jane Ranzetta pictured at her home, De Vere House, in Lavenham. The house appeared in the Harry Potter films and is now up for sale..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (25974326)
Jane Ranzetta pictured at her home, De Vere House, in Lavenham. The house appeared in the Harry Potter films and is now up for sale..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (25974326)

Interest has spiked since rumours began circulating that a Harry Potter prequel series could be in pre-production – with Lavenham a possible location as it has doubled as the fictional village of Godric’s Hollow.

Warner Brothers has, however, so far denied all media speculation of a TV adaptation.

Jane and Anthony Ranzetta have lived in the property for more than 30 years and currently run it as an Airbnb. It is already largely booked for the rest of the year.

Jane Ranzetta pictured at her home, De Vere House, in Lavenham. The house appeared in the Harry Potter films and is now up for sale..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (25974323)
Jane Ranzetta pictured at her home, De Vere House, in Lavenham. The house appeared in the Harry Potter films and is now up for sale..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (25974323)

Mrs Ranzetta said: “We have loved living here, but the house is now a bit large as there are only two of us as our son has moved on

“We have been having offers from abroad, from people who have not even been to see it.”

The house was built for the De Vere family, once Britain’s richest family outside of the monarchy, and was thrust into the limelight after featuring in the seventh Harry Potter film, which was released in 2010.

Jane Ranzetta pictured at her home, De Vere House, in Lavenham. The house appeared in the Harry Potter films and is now up for sale..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (25974329)
Jane Ranzetta pictured at her home, De Vere House, in Lavenham. The house appeared in the Harry Potter films and is now up for sale..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (25974329)

The Ranzettas said they were aware of filming around the village, but had no idea the front of their house would be featured until they saw the film in the cinema.

Jane Ranzetta pictured at her home, De Vere House, in Lavenham. The house appeared in the Harry Potter films and is now up for sale..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (25974322)
Jane Ranzetta pictured at her home, De Vere House, in Lavenham. The house appeared in the Harry Potter films and is now up for sale..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (25974322)

The property has beams, is built over a waterway and has a draft – but building restrictions are such that owners are often powerless to make any structural changes.

De Vere House costs £150 per night to hire on Airbnb and all future bookings will be honoured, added Mrs Ranzetta.

Jane Ranzetta pictured at her home, De Vere House, in Lavenham. The house appeared in the Harry Potter films and is now up for sale..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (25974325)
Jane Ranzetta pictured at her home, De Vere House, in Lavenham. The house appeared in the Harry Potter films and is now up for sale..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (25974325)