Want to embark on the edge of the Harry Potter universe? In Toulouse, an apartment is made for that!
By Sarah Gilot
When you enter it, the famous music from the credits of Harry Potter welcomes you and unveils a one-of-a-kind apartment. Passing by the Hogwarts Express, the discovery of the flying broomstick, and the Sorting Hat… You will dive into the universe of the Saga of JK Rowlling and will not be disappointed.
The apartment was designed and imagined from scratch by Mariane Xueref, a young woman in her thirties, a kitchen designer by trade and who went through the fine arts. And it was after more than a year of work that she let the first passengers on board the ship embark, in April 2022. “Toulouse Express”.
“I invest in real estate and offer student accommodation, but this time I wanted to do something different, something that inspires. I wanted to create the setting for a timeless saga. At the beginning, I “I hesitated between Star Wars and Harry Potter. Then I chose the second one that I prefer with all the fantastic universe that it represents.”
The design of the decor
When we get there, the “Toulouse Express” surprises with all its details and paintings from the movies. Wizard robes at the entrance, a flying broom, and (fake) spiders descending along the wall… The illusion is perfect and the feeling of being at Hogwarts is very present. Many decorations will surprise you if you come to live there, especially since it is the owner who has almost everything hand made.
“I spent more than a year on the design of the apartment and the decorations. I uniformly made all the decorations by hand, like the broom which took me 2 weeks while working on it in the evening and the weekend. In the bathroom, there is also the homemade Risèd mirror. It took me almost 6 months between the reception of a few parts, the construction and the assembly.”
The program of the stay
To fully immerse yourself in the universe, board and PlayStation games on the saga are available in the accommodation. And not only that, all the books and films are present there. What to offer a harry potter marathon during the stay.
Mariane Xueref entrusts regularly adding novelties and decorations to the accommodation, including a future novelty… of size. She is currently working on the life-size sculpture of a character from the saga. No information has been released on his identity, nor the date of his arrival in the accommodation. But his room will be able to delight more than one.
And for fans of her atypical accommodations, also know that the young woman does not intend to stop there. A second Airbnb accommodation is under construction with a completely different atmosphere… on a movieDisney.
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