Magical Dwellings Inspired by Middle-Earth
With all the magic of Middle-Earth, these innovative hobbit houses appear to be plucked from the pages of The Lord of the Rings. Whether buried beneath the earth, or above, these fascinating homes are far from fictional. Grab your hooded cloak and let's explore the real-life hobbit holes located around the world...
#1 - Halfling Hideaway, British Columbia, Canada
Surrounded by rolling hills and mountain views, this whimsical home sits in the town of Bridesville in British Columbia. Known as Halfling Hideaway, the home is surrounded by 400 acres of pristine countryside in the Okanagan Highlands, which is ideal for hiking and skiing in the winter months.
#2 Many visit The Hobbit House movie set in Matamata, New Zealand:
You can opt to take a trip to the place where it all began. Located near Matamata, on New Zealand's North Island, this beautiful landscape is the most famous of all the hobbit holes.
This movie set was built for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and covers 14 acres with 44 hobbit homes. The set also has a dedicated gardening team who have planted almost 3,000 native seedlings on the surrounding farmland to maintain biodiversity in and around the area.
#4 Earth House Estate - Peter Vetsch / Vetsch Architektur - Dietkon, Switzerland
Vetsch is known for his sustainable homes that are sympathetic to nature. The aim of his earth homes is to allow residents to live within the ground, rather than simply on it. The hobbit-worthy housing estate sits in the city of Dietikon and has nine cosy earth-covered homes grouped around an artificial lake.
These magical homes could be straight out of the movies with their grass-covered roof, giant arched and round doors. Inside, an abundance of wood, cosy interiors and fireplaces, and ornate decorative elements inspired by Tolkien's world creates an enchanting, yet light modern atmosphere.
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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau
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