Thanks to this homey guesthouse, you don’t need to trek to Middle Earth to experience the Shire, the underground homeland of hobbits. And although certain touches will appeal to die-hard JRR Tolkien fans—like the golden ring that hangs from the rafters, and Gandalph’s wizarding hat in the master bedroom—it’s a comfy getaway even for those of us still working on our Hobbitish. Read more about The Shire, an outstanding replica tucked underneath a hill in rural Montana.
Embrace your inner hobbit at this real-life Shire
Located in Trout Creek, Montana, The Shire guesthouse is built into a grassy knoll on a 20-are property that’s punctuated with little fairy homes and other hobbit dwellings. Inside, the abode is surprisingly spacious, with a full kitchen, living area and two bedrooms.
This kitchen is the perfect place to cook up traditional Hobbit delicacies, like mince pies, apple tarts, and saffron seed cake with carraway. The counters are made of granite and the cabinets are all custom-built. Accent logs throughout the space give the modern home a more rustic feel.
Pull on your deer-hide slippers (graciously supplied by the hosts), cozy up to the fireplace, and spend an afternoon catching up on the Lord of the Rings movies on the flatscreen TV.
The master bedroom, which is where you’ll find Gandalph’s pointy wizard hat, comes with a dresser to store your cloaks and an heirloom wooden headboard with an embedded Hobbit House logo.
The 1,000-square-foot guesthouse is ideal for a couple and the tiniest Lord of the Rings fans. (Originally, children were not allowed to stay but that restriction has since been lifted.)
Along with elves and Bilbo Baggins, whose home is pictured here, the property is also visited by elk from the nearby farm. In fact, according to the owners, one of the elks’ favourite spaces to hang out is atop the Hobbit House!