5 Houses Where You Can Pretend to Be a Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth may be fictional, but real-life “hobbit houses” can be found around the world. Make yourself a second breakfast, kick up your (hairy?) feet and check out five actual dwellings where you can live like a hobbit.

Earth-Friendly Woodland Home

Wales
Owner Simon Dale built this impressive hobbit house for less than $5,000 over the course of four months. The dwelling was dug out of a hillside for low visual impact, and scrap wood and other scavenged materials were used for much of the construction. We think the Shire folk would approve of this down-to-earth style of building.
Hobbit House in Wales: Exterior

Photo by: www.SimonDale.net Hobbit House in Wales

Hobbit House in Wales: Interior

Photo by: www.SimonDale.net Hobbit House in Wales

Hobbit House in Wales: Interior

Photo by: www.SimonDale.net Hobbit House in Wales

Hobbit House in Wales: Window

Photo by: www.SimonDale.net Hobbit House in Wales

Tolkien-Inspired Guest Cottage

Chester County, Pa.
Avid Tolkien fan and collector Vince Donovan hired Archer & Buchanan Architects to craft this halfling-worthy guest cottage, where he now stores his favorite memorabilia. The 54-inch round cedar door gives the home its distinctive Shire-esque look. Other notable features include a ceramic-tile roof imported from France and a stone façade built from an 18th-century wall salvaged from the property.
Exterior: Hobbit House in Chester County, Pa.

Photo by: Archer & Buchanan Architecture Hobbit House in Chester County, Pa.

Interior: Hobbit House in Chester County, Pa.

Photo by: Archer & Buchanan Architecture Hobbit House in Chester County, Pa.

The Dune House

Atlantic Beach, Fla.
If Bilbo Baggins ever needs a beach vacation, this is where he should go. Designed by architect William Morgan, the duplex of two 750-square-foot apartments was actually built underneath a sand dune just steps from the ocean. There’s some added maintenance since you have to mow the grass roof, but it seems like a fair trade-off to live so close to the water.
Exterior: The Dune House in Atlantic Beach, Fla.

Photo by: William Morgan Architects The Dune House in Atlantic Beach, Fla.

Interior: The Dune House in Atlantic Beach, Fla.

Photo by: William Morgan Architects The Dune House in Atlantic Beach, Fla.

The Shire of Montana

Trout Creek, Mont.
Formerly known as the Hobbit House of Montana, this Tolkien fanatic’s paradise started as a small underground guesthouse for owner Steve Michaels’ family and friends. Now, it’s a vacation rental surrounded by loads of whimsical structures, including an elven village and a troll house in a hollowed-out tree. Watch the video below to learn more.
Click the video above to learn more about the hobbit house in Montana.

Subterranean Earth Houses

Zurich, Switzerland
This underground village looks more like something from Middle-earth than the middle of Europe. Architect Peter Vetsch built this collection of circular homes – nine in all – beneath a layer of earth up to nine feet thick. Thanks to the natural insulation, the dwellings use only a third of the energy of conventional houses. Watch the video below to learn more.
Click the video above to learn more about Zurich's subterranean earth houses.




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