Not everyone has the interest or the carpentry skills required to build a personal hobbit hole from scratch. Still, that doesn't stop people from wanting to experience life as a fictional, vertically challenged individual with a larger than average shoe size. Luckily, minimalist and tiny house builder Kristie Wolfe has put her charming hobbit house up for rent on Airbnb, and it's about as close as a real-life human can come to hanging out in Middle-earth.
The homey hillside habitat in Orondo, Washington is stocked with everything you'd expect from one of the small, fantasy-inspired dwellings. In fact, its authentic appearance had us convinced that we'd find Bilbo Baggins lounging inside.
The 288-square-foot home features a circular door made of industrial-sized cable spool, complete with a door handle fashioned out of an old trailer hitch and a hinge crafted by an area designer. Once you set foot in the hobbit house, you'll find yourself standing in the bedroom, with an oversized fireplace and woodworker's bench off to the right and a bathroom containing a wooden tub off to the left.
Some of the home's standout sustainable features include its cordwood flooring, which Wolfe made using logs collected from the roadside, and the solar panels which are used to generate electricity.
Of course no hobbit home would be complete without a fence. Wolfe's sister lent a helping hand by weaving sticks and branches together, a detail that makes the home all the more charming.
Needless to say, Wolfe's tiny home is so popular that it's close to being fully booked through next year. Many Lord of the Rings fans come for a selfie, while others stay for the full-fledged hobbit experience, which is precisely why Wolfe plans to expand by building more hobbit homes on the property to give it more of a community feel.
"I want to build a communal kitchen … that will look like an English-style pub," Wolfe said. "People from all over can meet, or come stay with their friends and family, and break bread together like hobbits would."