If you are anything like myself, you have spent a fair amount of your youth (and beyond) imagining what it would be like to stop in for tea at Bag's End or catch a quick supper and a pint at The Prancing Pony. Alas, we are stuck in our own drab world where elves are relegated to Christmastime, houses are full of right angles and doors are almost never round. The Hobbit holes so lovingly described in the books of J.R.R. Tolkien are a wonderful mix of coziness and whimsy. Believe it or not, you can now own one, and your kids will forever be in your debt.
Where do I begin? The round doors, the curves, the shaped windows, the cedar, the colors--everything about these little houses makes me smile. They are the creation of Wooden Wonders, a company based in Unity, Maine. The attention to detail and level of craftsmanship is admirable, as is the attempt to build them into an actual or created hillside, just like a proper Hobbit hole should be.
Playhouses are just one way these structures can be utilized. Each design can customized in a myriad of ways to suit any purpose you might want, from chicken coop to sauna. The only problem I see is that my real house will look so...square in comparison.
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