This off-the-grid ecolodge features a wood-burning fireplace, a composting toilet and room for up to four people. Sure, no electricity or running water takes some getting used to, but the cool Middle Earth vibe makes it all worth it.
Chester Valley, Pennsylvania
This Shire-worthy abode was specifically built for a Tolkien collector, housing artifacts from 40 years of collecting in 600 square feet. The stones used in the construction were taken from the property and repurposed to create a human-sized Hobbit hole.
Architect Earl Young was famous for his “mushroom houses” in Charlevoix, Michigan, building 31 over a span of 52 years in the mid-twentieth century. If you happen to be in Michigan, you can rent one as a vacation home, or simply download a walking tour to check out some of the grooviest.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Traditional adobe meets the Shire in this Hobbit house in Santa Fe. Bilbo might not recognize the building material, but we’re pretty sure he’d approve of the stained glass, indoor murals and cozy rounded fireplaces. Did we mention the glass tile mosaics?
Trout Creek, Montana
Surrounding this Hobbit-inspired guest house is a whole minitature village of elves, fairies, sculptures and...mushrooms. (The mushrooms are actually lights that line “Hobbit Lane.”) The cottage, which is entirely underground, features a wood-burning stove and a flat screen TV -- for those who like modern comforts along with their second breakfast.
This is a community of Earth Houses, so named because they are built directly into the land. Each house is between 650 and 2,100 square feet and feature interiors that are organic and curvy, following the shape of the earth. Fireplaces make a lovely spot for a Hobbit to rest his hairy feet.
Mayne Island, British Columbia
This hand-built, sustainably-sourced cottage looks rustic, but it’s got a fully-equipped kitchen and Wifi. Cob Cottage, as it’s known, is available to rent through Airbnb. In fact, Cob Cottage is so appealing it’s fourth on the list of the site’s most wishlisted properties.
This house is called, appropriately, “Le Maison de Hobbit,” and is in the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal. Not feeling Shire-like? The property also has a yurt, a teepee and a tree house, all available to rent via Airbnb.
This well-known “Hobbit house” was built by Simon Dale for his family in Wales, using handtools and natural materials to build a house with a minimal impact on the landscape. Although Simon and his family now live in an eco-village in Lammas, Wales, the cottage still stands.
Atlantic Beach, Florida
If Bilbo lived by the ocean, his house would undoubtedly look like this $1.2 million home in Florida (although he might be a bit unhappy about the price). Built by architect William Morgan (who lives next door to the house), Dune House is “built like a seashell” (according to Morgan) and maintains a consistent 21 degree temperature.
Door County, Wisconsin
Called the “Door County Mushroom House,” this place was more mystery than mushroom for many years. Local lore said it was built by an artist in the late 1970s, which turns out to be mostly true. This 2017 article gives the once-vacant house its proper origin story.
This two-storey house was built entirely by hand by local farmer Colin Stokes -- which explains why the house is also known as “Colin’s Barn.” While it was originally going to be a simple rectangular barn, Mr. Stokes says he got “carried away” and kept building for 11 years. Although the barn is now abandoned, it’s a popular stop for tourists and photographers.