The ‘Shell Cottage’ Film Set from Harry Potter and the Dealthly Hallows (now Demolished)

(Image: Ade Owens, reproduced with permission)

Some of Britain’s most esteemed buildings have served as film sets for the Harry Potter movies, from London’s St Pancras railway station to Alnwick Castle and Oxford University’s Bodleian library. But what about the smaller, more temporary sets that sprang up in various locations across the UK? One of those was Shell Cottage, an elf abode from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that stood in the sand dunes of Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales.

(Image: Ade Owens, reproduced with permission)

Described in the book as a “lonely and beautiful place”, Shell Cottage was the home of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour and served as a safe house for the Weasley family and allies of the Order of the Phoenix. In reality, the scallop-shell structure was built from plastic moulding around 2009 and filled with heavy water containers to prevent it from moving during filming.

(Image: Ade Owens, reproduced with permission)

Strictly off-limits to the public both during and after filming for health and safety reasons, the set was removed soon after the film’s completion. The image below shows the cottage’s real interior, complete with a couple of discarded coffee cups. Freshwater West was later used as a film location for Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe.

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Keep reading – explore the Lonely Abandoned Cottages of Britain and Ireland, and be sure to check out Houston’s (now demolished) Tunnel House Art Installation.