July 13, 2011

JK Rowlings’ Childhood Home for Sale

Just in time for the release of the last Harry Potter film, the childhood home of author JK Rowlings is for sale in England. Church Cottage, on the Welsh borders, near Chepstow, is on the market for the very reasonable £400,000. church cottage1 The house is located in the village of Tutshill, which for those who know their Harry Potter, is the also the name of Tutshill Tornadoes, one of the teams that plays Quidditch. It is also close to both Chepstow Castle and the Chepstow Racecourse, where I spent many happy afternoons, and won piles of dosh!church cottage 2 Church Cottage was built as a school house by the Gothic Revivalist architect, Henry Woodyer, around 1852. The property retains many of its original features.church cottage 3One of the bedrooms jk-rowling-bedroom-007 features a small inscription of the windowsill “Joanne Rowling slept here circa 1982”, which even after several renovations, remains. church cottage 7The cottage is surrounded by gardens with fruit trees, roses, perennial flowers and a lily pond. church cottage 4 There are three bedrooms, some of which have views over the Severn River estuary. church cottage 5 Growing up in a house like Church Cottage must have given JK Rowling some of the material for the Harry Potter books, don’t you think?church cottage 6 Wizard!


  1. Now that is a very enchanting house to grow up in.

    Must not let the GF see this post. We'll be moving.

    Thanks for your sweet comment. And a big hug and congratulations to your friend.

    Tell her it just keeps getting better and better.

    xo Jane

  2. Meg a wonderful property and the grounds are so lush! I wonder where she is moving...

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  3. The house has been owned by another family since the Rowlings' owned it. The current owner is a producer with the BBC.

  4. so charming -no wonder why she has such a vivid imagination!

  5. Ah I could be happy there...cold perhaps but happy.

  6. Nice simple house. I like to visit this home, just to wonder on where JK Rowling mind was molded, and started to write.

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