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Sleep in Shrek’s Swamp for a Dose of Fairytale Magic

by Matador Creators Sep 26, 2023

Once upon a time, living in a swamp like an ogre would have been considered an odious prospect. That was before Shrek came along, however, and lent swamp-swelling an air of fairytale magic. If you’ve always wanted to live like Shrek, now’s finally your chance. A cozy cottage in the Scottish Highlands will be available for rent on Airbnb starting October 13. Don’t expect any pitchforks or anthropomorphic animals, but do expect to spend the night in a real-life recreation of Shrek’s stumpy, secluded abode.

Located deep in the Scottish Highlands, the house almost blends completely into the forest, ensuring a private and relaxing getaway (the “Stay Out” sign also helps). During your stay, you’ll be able to relax with a parfait, cozy up by the fire, and enjoy a stack of fresh waffles in the morning. The best part, though, is that it’s completely free. That’s right, to celebrate all the good Shrek has done for the woodland realm, you can stay in his house for $0 per night.

Shrek's cottage outside

“Shrek’s Swamp is lovely. Just beautiful,” said Donkey, Shrek’s faithful friend who is allegedly hosting the special stay. “The perfect place to entertain guests. You know what I like about it? Everything. The overgrown landscaping, the modest interiors, the nice boulders, all of it. I can’t wait for guests to experience this muddy slice of paradise for themselves.”

Two-night bookings for up to three people will open on October 13 at 1pm EST. If chosen, the lucky guests will stay in the swamp just in time for Halloween, from October 27-29 (not that, you know, ogres are monsters). Just go to the Airbnb’s official page to book, and note that you will be responsible for your own travel to and from Scotland.

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