This upcoming sunny season calls for a fairytale staycation and what’s more mystical than a storybook cottage in the woods? When we were a kid, the only ‘playhouse’ we had was the one we build using a sheet and some couch cushions – but Charmed Family Resorts in Alberta has brought our Disney dreams to life, creating an entire community of real-life homes fit for royalty and appropriate for all ages.

Originally a company that specialized in making over-the-top playhouses exclusively for children, Charmed announced in 2019 that they also wanted to get the big kids in on the magic too. Just like that Alberta’s enchanting forest was realized.

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Located in Lethbridge, Alberta, Charmed Resorts actually opened in 2020 with a single rental cabin (their Midsummer Cottage) but has quickly grown to include 7 magical properties, all inspired by popular children’s stories.

With rounded doors and a ‘folksy floral aesthetic’, their second and third editions, the Elvyn and Lia Cottages, each sleep 4 and include comforting amenities like power and heat, a mini-fridge, firepit, BBQ and a wood-fired hot tub.

In addition, they’ve also added Repunzel’s Cottage, a cozy castle with room for 6 and most recently have begun taking bookings for 3 new retreats.


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Described as the perfect stay for “anyone who enjoys the darker side of fairytales,” this candy-covered cabin has one bedroom, one bathroom and has 4 single beds and a queen, a bathroom, a shower, mini-fridge, head and electricity.

With availability in May, this adorable spot is really as ‘sweet’ as they come.

Cost per night: $345


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Inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack’s cottage also has a wood-fired hot tub, heat and electricity. With room for 6, this quaint cottage looks as if it was ripped straight from the page – and we’ve ‘bean’ shooketh.

Cost per night: $345


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Inspired by the ‘misunderstood anti-hero’ of nameless fame, their new Rumpelstiltskin Tower fits 6 people comfortably and has been decorated to reflect a character with ‘impeccable’ taste. With a wood-fired hot tub, a king bed and a queen in the tower, this mini palace is sure to book quickly come May – so book away!

Cost per night: $345

For more information about the resort or If you’re interested in reserving a spot, check out the link below ASAP and cross those fingers of yours, because they book up quickly!

Good luck, Alberta and maybe we’ll see out there! We’ve been told we’re a wonderful neighbour.


Where: 3-211040, Township Rd 92, Lethbridge, AB
Instagram: @CharmedPlayhouses