Shrek’s Swamp is now a real UK Airbnb – and Donkey’s going to be the host

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    It’s been a whopping 22 years since the first Shrek film was released (we know, we feel old too) but there are still thousands of fans of the franchise around the world. After all, there are so many sequels to enjoy and the big green fellow is a laugh and a half (if you need a chuckle, we highly recommend this playground's tribute).

    Well, some of Shrek’s biggest fans could be in for a real treat this year as ogre-enthusiasts could stay in his swamp. That’s right, Airbnb has created Shrek’s Swamp in the hills Scotland's Highlands and guests will be allowed to stay overnight.

    The mud-laden, moss-covered, murky-watered oasis will make you cast your mind back to Shrek and Fiona and their cozy home from the films. During their fairytale stay, guests can kick their hooves and feet up with a delicious parfait, share stories around the fire and even be served waffles by your host Donkey in the morning.

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    "Shrek’s Swamp is lovely. Just beautiful. The perfect place to entertain guests," Donkey said. "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."

    Looking at photographs, the room sits in the centre of a tree stump surrounded by “danger” and “stay out” signs. There’s a double bed made of wood just like the one Shrek sleeps in and a table with two chairs by the fire to enjoy a few drinks in front of. With Donkey in charge, guests will have the chance to live their own versions of the layered ogre life for two special, starry nights in the treehouse-style interiors. Plus, the major draw is that it costs £0 a night to stay.

    Yes, you can request to book an exclusive two-night swamp stay for up to three guests from October 27-29 without paying for it. So, you’ll enjoy your stay bathed in the ambiance of "earwax candlelight" without worrying about the cost.

    On the Airbnb listing, host Donkey wrote: "Located in the hills of the Scottish Highlands, Shrek’s Swamp is a stumpy, secluded haven fit for a solitude-seeking ogre… and for the first time ever, a handful of his biggest fans, thanks to yours truly. I’m swamp-sitting while Shrek’s away this Halloween, and I’m absolutely delighted to invite you in for a fairytale stay. Oh, and never mind the 'BEWARE' signs. They’re probably for decoration.

    "Once you arrive and check-in, our on-site concierge will ensure a comfortable stay for you and your pals – including showing you around and arranging meals. Please note that toilet, sink and shower facilities will be located off-site, approximately 20 meters away from Shrek’s Swamp."

    Anyone who is keen to stay in the Airbnb – which also includes an outhouse bathroom located 20 metres from the the main living area – will be able to book October 13 at 6 p.m at

    To make you feel even better about the stay, Airbnb will make a one-time donation to the HopScotch Children’s Charity, which provides some of Scotland’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children with respite breaks through nurturing and dynamic holiday trips.

    The only catch to the incredible stay is that you will need to make your own way to and from the site in Scotland. So any trains, airfare or other transport required will have to come out of your own pockets.

    To book the stay all travelling party members must be five years old or above and the main booker has to have an active Airbnb profile. You will also need to be able to provide a Government-issued ID like a passport or driving licence and guests must enter a complete message when submitting the request to book, letting the Host know, among other things, who will be joining them.

    Now, Shrek fans should know that the Airbnb isn't the only attraction in the UK relating to the green film character. The Den and the Glen, in Aberdeen, Scotland is apparently 'nostalgic' for parents who visited in their youth – and it's full of characters including Shrek, Cinderella and Thomas the Tank Engine.

    However, recent visitors now say Shrek looks 'psycho' and Cinderella's had 'too many Martinis'. Some added that even the 'friendly' train looks like it could easily be a serial killer clown.

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