“In a hole in the ground,” J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in the 1930s, “there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
Little did British author Tolkien, then a professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford University, know that a series of six blockbuster films would be made about the creatures he invented, nor that their idiosyncratic houses would be turned into film sets in far-off New Zealand. But even weirder than that is the fact that the general public can now rent a house in Washington, USA that looks and feels exactly like a hobbit hole.
Admittedly, this house’s look takes several cues from the films’ portrayal of their structure, but it’s still pretty impressive. In the words of the person renting out the property, Kristie, “The majority of your neighbors will be deer, rabbits, birds & grouse. It’s 2 miles up the mountain and although there are houses it gets more remote the closer you get to the hobbit hole.”
Don’t just take her word for it though – it’s had a load of five-star reviews from guests, who praise things like the “driftwood sink” and the “cute wooden silverware”. High praise indeed.