Do you and your family enjoy “The Hobbit”? It’s a fantastic movie and book! One of my favorite parts of Peter Jackson’s movies is the cinematography, which showcases the beauty of New Zealand, certainly on any traveler’s bucket list.
HomeAway, a vacation rental company with more than a million listings in almost 200 countries, has a list of vacation hobbit homes you can stay in that have a distinctly Middle Earth and Hobbit feel, which I’ll share below. Very clever!
9 Hobbit Homes
The Shire (in Montana)
Thompson, Falls, Mont. – Sleeps 3 / Bedrooms 2 – Starting at $295
This genuine hobbit house was built to bring The Lord of the Rings to life. More than a bed to sleep in and a stove to cook on, the Shire offers visitors a unique experience full of imagination and magic. Surrounding this hobbit home is a village that comes to life at night with the magical display of lights from the cavalcade of mushrooms that line Hobbit Lane to the lighted mural of an entire Hobbit Village. Enjoy the unique features of this unique vacation experience, with an added twist of imagery and sophistication.
Flayosc, France – Sleeps 5 / Studio – Rates available upon request
Buried under a grassy knoll, this Hobbit house is nothing short of an authentic hobbit habitat and the spitting image of Bilbo’s home. Once travelers step through the circular door, the home’s unique charm and thoughtful details bring movie memories to life. This unusual home is located in a rural area west of Cannes, France, in the small town of Flayosc and offers all the amenities needed for a quiet retreat.
Whimsical Stone Cottage
Charlevoix, Michigan – Sleeps 4 / Bedrooms 2 – Starting at $125
Architect and dreamer Earl Young created a magical world with his eccentric stone cottage. It is a home that seems as if it could be a neighbor to Bilbo Baggins’ hobbit hole. Enjoy the sandy beach, lighthouse and sunsets just outside. It is an easy two-block stroll to the quaint village of Charlevoix for shopping, dining, ferry, drawbridge and music in the park.
A Cozy Hobbit Hole
Issaquah, Washington – Sleeps 8 / Bedrooms 3 – Starting at $285 per night
According to a past guest, this charming abode made them feel as if they were staying in J.R.R Tolkien’s idea of a hobbit hole. “The home is beautiful, inviting and cozy.” Just east of Seattle, this home sits on 3 acres of towering evergreens amidst the verdant natural beauty of the Northwest. Straddling a river that cascades over granite rock, the property offers complete privacy for a relaxing and fun getaway with family and friends. The backyard includes a large deck, hot tub and gazebo with footbridge to a playhouse.
Hobbit Vacation Home
Santorini, Greece – Sleeps 5 / Bedrooms 1 – Starting at $360
If Bilbo Baggins had the time to go on vacation, his first choice might be this Greek Island home. This cave villa was built directly into the mountain similar to a hobbit dwelling and consists of two cavities connected by a tunnel. The villa has a private swimming pool and a beautiful view over the picturesque village of Oia. Manos designed and constructed the villa with respect to the natural landscape and the well-known Santorinian traditional bioclimatic architecture. Its location provides an unobstructed panoramic view towards the village and other Greek islands.
Perthshire, Scotland – Sleeps 2 / Studio – Rates upon request
Even though it looks too small for a human, this hobbit house offers plenty of space for a memorable getaway. Travelers can rent this tiny home for private use on the resort-style property in the Scotland Highlands. While there, enjoy a round of golf and dine at the resort restaurant to complete the experience.
Santa Fe, New Mexico – Sleeps 6 / Bedrooms 2 – starting at $275
Known as the “Luxury Santa Fe Hobbit House,” this southwestern bungalow has shire-inspired murals and whimsical décor. It’s set in a quiet neighborhood, just a short distance from popular Santa Fe attractions, such as the Indian Market and the Santa Fe Opera.
A Grassy Knoll
Port Townsend, Washington – Sleeps 2 / Bedrooms 1 – Starting at $125 per night
True to Hobbiton, this home has a grass-covered roof as if it resides in Middle Earth. Enjoy the vast surroundings in Port Townsend while imagining the Olympic Mountains as the Iron Hills of the Third Age. This home makes for a perfect getaway for romantics and outdoor enthusiasts alike. It is tucked into the Blossom Valley on a working equine ranch and developing farm just minutes from historic Port Townsend. Year-round outdoor activities include hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, sailing, boating and equestrian activities.
A Secret Path
Carbondale, Ill. – Sleeps 2 / Bedrooms 1 – Starting at $149 per night
What’s better than a cozy earthen shelter in the Shawnee Hills? This hobbit house was inspired by the famed novel, along with the owners’ eco-friendly design philosophies. Nine-foot ceilings, arched walls and dimmable lighting give this unique and spacious one-bedroom cottage a romantic ambiance. Guests can enjoy the secret path through the woods to the Blue Sky Vineyard or simply stay at home and enjoy a relaxing soak in the private four-person hot tub.
Which of these most appeals to you? I think I’m going with the cottage in Michigan!
All photos Credit HomeAway.com
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