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Journey to the Shire: The very best hobbit holes

by • April 20, 2016 • No Comments

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit” wrote J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit. TheLord Of The Rings that followed – and the later film adaptations of both – assisted inspire a thriving community of architects and hobbyists hoping to turn it into their own little slice of Middle planet Earth. Join us as we highlight the most hobbit holes we’ve seen so far.

  • The low-impact hobbit hole by Simon Dale
  • Simon Dale's hobbit hole is situated in rural Wales, UK
  • Simon Dale's home cost just £3,000 (US$4,314)
  • There's no mains electricity within, so Simon Dale got creative with the amenities

Low-impact Hobbit Home – Simon Dale

This low-impact hobbit hole was created and created by have-a-go architect Simon Dale with the assist of his father in-law and a few buddies. Situated in rural Wales, UK, the one-of-a-kind home cost just £3,000 (US$4,314) in total, and manufactures use of local and effortless materials in an take on to decrease its environmental impact.

There’s no mains electricity on the market, so Dale got creative with the amenities. All juice is generated via a solar panel array, while a central skylight allows for effortless light to permeate within. A wood burning stove provides warmth, water is pumped of a nearby spring, and the bathroom showcases a composing toilet. If you fancy having a crack at assembling a fewthing much like by yourself, Dale has the plans on the market for free via his website.

Hobbit House micro-community – Kristie Wolfe

Dressmanufacturer and tiny house tremendous Kristie Wolfe decided to turn her considerable ability in the direction of creating a micro-community of hobbit holes created into a hillside in Chelan, Washington (US).

Wolfe quite created an effort to manufacture the homes appear the part. They are accessed by a tiny hatch door and include suitably hobbit-like furniture, that include a woodworking bench and tools to whittle wood. They operate off-grid via a solar power process paired to a battery array, while water is got of a nearby water tower (a water recycling process is in addition installed).

Wolfe’s hobbit house is on the market to rent, and can in addition include a communal English pub-style kitchen with vegetable gardens and miniature ponies.

Hobbit House kit – Green Magic Homes

One does not just create a hobbit hole – it takes a lot of complex work and tremendous understandledge. But, if you don’t have the architectural skills of Kristy Wolfe or Simon Dale, maybe Green Magic Homes may be of interest. The firm offers prefabricated modular structures that can be created to match buyers’ specifications.

Each Green Magic Home kit comes with wooden doors and windows in addition to structural elements, while conduits and ducts for things like water and ventilation can in addition be introduced. The homes cost $41.74 per sq ft, delivered.

Hobbit Holes – Wooden Wonders

Wooden Wonders is a tiny family-run business that creations and creates hobbit holes to suit a variety of needs. It offers hobbit hole-styled playhouses, chicken coops, sheds, cottages, and saunas that all follow the basic tenets set out by Tolkien’s classic works.

The firm is certainly flexible and can create a hobbit house suitable for above or below-ground dwelling, in different types of styles, materials and colors. Prices alter depending on what you are after, but the tinyest chicken coop fetches $995, while its biggest cottage comes in at $14,995.

planet Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse – Vetsch Architektur

Vetsch Architektur has created over 90 hobbit-style homes that range of tiny low-impact dwellings to much sizeabler examples. The firm is in addition responsible for the astounding planet Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse, in Dietikon, Switzerland.

Comprising nine hobbit holes, ranging of three bedroom to seven bedroom dwellings, this “Shire” covers a plot of 4,000 sq m (43,055 sq ft). The interiors of the homes appear unquestionably luxurious, boasting roof dome lights for extra
daylight, sizeable open rooms, and plush furnishings. They have been created with sustainable principles in mind too, and include great insulation, passive cooling and solar panels for electricity.

Hobbiton Movie Set

When Peter Jackson spotted the Alexander Farm during an aerial search of the North Island, New Zealand, he knew he’d discovered the ideal location to bring The Lord Of The Rings to life. A huge construction project involving the New Zealand army and so followed.

As the set was created out of easily damaged materials like polystyrene and untreated wood, it was recreated to be additional structurally solid for The Hobbit films and now stands as a tourist attraction, open to visitors for tours.

If you’d like to visit Hobbiton by yourself, the tours begin at NZD$79 (US$55) per adult – kids can get in for free and youths cost NZD$39.50 (US$27.5). For that, you’ll get a tour through all the film locations and an explainer of how a attractive patch of New Zealand farm was transformed into the Shire.

That rounds out our journey to Middle planet Earth. You can check out additional photos of the hobbit holes in the gallery and please let us understand in the comments if you live in a hobbit hole-style home or may like to.

  • If you fancy having a crack at assembling a fewthing much like by yourself, Simon Dale has the plans on the market for free via his website
  • United States-based dressmanufacturer and tiny house tremendous Kristie Wolfe decided to turn her considerable ability in the direction of creating a micro-community of hobbit holes
  • Kristy Wolfe's hobbit holes are based in Chelan, Washington (US)
  • Kristy Wolfe quite created an effort to ensure the homes appear the part

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