J.R.R. Tolkien's epics have conjured majestic images of Middle-earth in the minds of fantasy fans for the better part of the last century. The Lord of the Rings movie series brought that world to life onscreen in the early 2000s, with New Zealand serving as the real-world film setting for the fictional Shire. But Tolkien enthusiasts don't need to fly across the Pacific to live like a hobbit for a day. Houses inspired by the hirsute characters are also available in bucolic settings across the United States. Here, five homes where you can lay your hobbit head to rest.
All the Comforts of Home
This homey abode sits near more than 15 hiking trails. Take instruction from the owners in woodworking and learn to carve a wizard’s pipe, or enjoy afternoon snacks on a dock dubbed the Buckleberry Ferry.
Middletown Springs, Vermont
This earth-covered bungalow features views of the valley below and an outdoor tub in a secluded garden for stargazing soaks. Guests can pluck fruits or the resident hens’ eggs for breakfast.
Santa Fe, Tennessee
Take seven of your closest friends and enjoy a secluded getaway with your very own fellowship. Surrounded by lush woodlands and with plenty of space to roam, you’ll feel like you’re on a quest—there’s even a babbling brook and magical waterfall. And once your adventure is done, enjoy a bit of elderflower cordial made on the property.
Nestled into the Columbia River Gorge, this cozy nook offers views of misty mountains, six acres perfect for hiking and exploring, and a classic green circular door to welcome friends in for a spot of tea, breakfast, second breakfast or elevenses.
Secluded Hobbit House
Whether you’re a Lord of the Rings fan or just need a break from the real world, this intimate nook is for you. The romantic space features a living roof, wooden scaffolding and absolutely no Wi-Fi, making this quaint home the ideal weekend escape. Bring your partner or come alone, but make sure to have a good book you can cozy up with next to the crackling fireplace.