Ever dreamed of staying in Shrek's Swamp? Well now you can

By Katy Thornton

September 27, 2023 at 10:51am


Now we know why Donkey wanted to stay there so badly.

I don't know about you, but much like we went through a Twilight Renaissance during the pandemic, it feels like we have been consumed by a different series of retro films in 2023: none other than Shrek.

The Shrek musical has come to town, as well as several Shrek raves, and there has been a general revival in people watching the three films (I personally pretend the fourth one didn't happen, it disappointed me so much).

Perhaps in response to the resurgence of this obsession, or maybe just because people above a certain age have the Fairy Godmother's cover of "I Need a Hero" as their Roman Empire moment, you can now stay in Shrek's Swamp for real.

Naturally based in the Scottish highlands, this replica of Shrek's swamp from the 2001 animated film is uncanny. A quick look at the images available more than shows how every last detail has been copied exactly (we hope the boulder is the exact right dimensions too).

Enjoy the swamp-scape, as well as waffles (alla Donkey we presume) in the morning, all while feeling like our most many-layered selves.


In keeping with the original swamp design, the Airbnb advertisement emphasises that the toilet is 20 metres away in a separate building; just in case that's going to be a problem.

Interested? How to book

The property is owned and operated by Ardverikie Estate and the swamp will be open for a two-night stay, from the 27th - 29th October 2023.

Now there's good news and bad news. The good news is this stay costs... £0. The bad news is only one slot is available for up to three guests, and it'll be based on pure luck whether you're chosen or not. But sure where there's a will there's a way.

From October 13th you can sign up to be chosen for this frankly magical stay.


All images via Airbnb via Alix McIntosh


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