This weekend's debut of The Hobbit has been talked about so much that we have round doors and furry feet on the mind. If you're a Lord of the Rings fan, then there's a good chance that you'll be on a quest to see the latest installment in the next day or two. But what if a trip to the movie theater isn't enough? We don't have a secret way to get to Middle Earth, but quite a few vacation home owners have fashioned their properties after the cottages of the Shire. We put together a list of our ten favorite Hobbit Homes, so that you can vacation like Bilbo Baggins...
1. Enchanted Hobbit House
Dubbed the "Hobbit House," this home is furnished with antiques, custom designed iron beds, comfortable sofas and chairs, and lounges on the patio. The home has a guest suite to fit your entire fellowship.
2. Hobbit’s House Bellac
Built on the site of a 10th century chateau belonging to the Counts of March, this hobbit hole commands a spectacular view over the Vincou Valley. The house is 15th century, with original oak spiral staircase and its original treads (rather worn and wonky).
3. Hobbit House on the Hill
Built of ferro-cement, this newly constructed house is perfectly sited on the top of a hill from where one can see every island in the Grenadines. Wake up to the sunrise over the Atlantic, and end your day with the sun-setting over the town of Hillsborough and the Caribbean.
4. Santa Fe Hobbit House
Santa Fe Hobbit House is a luxury vacation rental, but it is more than that... It is a live-in art gallery with a very private feeling that is centrally located only minutes from the Historic Santa Fe Plaza, Canyon Road and the Rail Yard District.
5. Magical Hobbit House
Orcas Island is one of the most beautiful islands to visit in Washington State. The natural beauty here is colored by the Madrona trees, the sparkle of the water and the abundant wildlife. The spot is absolutely spectacular and a pure joy to witness.
6. Whimsical Hobbit House Hideaway
This place is a fairytale realized. So, put a little whimsy in your honeymoon or holiday in paradise with a visit to a delightful little custom built suite. Hobbit House is a wonderful choice for Hawaii honeymooners visiting The Big Island.
7. Hobbit House of Montana
Surrounding the hobbit home is a village that comes to life at night with the magical display of lights from the cavalcade of mushrooms that line Hobbit Lane to the lighted mural of a whole Hobbit Village.
8. Black Pearl Cottage
Black Pearl Cottage is a uniquely designed, beautiful beach house with spectacular views of Monterey Bay. Located in the heart of the Seabright neighborhood, this home is among the most historic beach homes in the Santa Cruz area.
9. Brookbank Folly
This detached, single storey cottage is situated on the outskirts of the village of Mitcheldean on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean, in Gloucestershire, and can sleep two people in one double bedroom.
10. Mount Hartman
Set on its own private peninsula, the Mount Hartman Bay Estate looks across the water to the Mount Hartman Nature Reserve, home of the protected Grenada Dove.