Lonely Planet Writer

Fancy a trip to The Shire? You can rent this Hobbit hole in Washington on Airbnb

Have you ever dreamed of escaping from the hustle and bustle of modern-day life and stepping into the magical, cosy world of The Shire? Well now you can enter Tolkien’s universe by renting this amazing Hobbit house in the Washington countryside.

The Hobbit hole offers stunning views of the surrounding mountainside.
The Hobbit hole offers stunning views of the surrounding mountainside. Image by Airbnb/Kristie Wolfe
The house has the iconic round door from JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .
The house has the iconic round door from JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Named, “Tiny House in the Shire”, the property was built by entrepreneur Kristie Wolfe and sits nestled into the mountains at Columbia River Gorge. Available to rent on Airbnb, the Hobbit hole accommodates two people and includes a small bedroom, a living area with a fire, a bathroom and of course, the iconic circular front door.

The property has room to sleep two people and includes a living area with a bathroom.
The property has room to sleep two people and includes a living area with a bathroom. Image by Airbnb/Kristie Wolfe

The Hobbit hole may be the perfect place for travellers who are looking to relax in the countryside, with Kristie’s listing saying that, “the majority of your neighbours will be deer, rabbits, birds and grouse. It’s two miles up the mountain and although there are houses in the area, it gets more remote the closer you get to the Hobbit hole.”

The house also features a cosy fire for guests to warm themselves by.
The house also features a cosy fire for guests to warm themselves by. Image by Airbnb/Kristie Wolfe
The property is two miles up the Columbia River Gorge mountainside.
The property is two miles up the Columbia River Gorge mountainside.

The property posed many challenges throughout the construction process, as a section of the mountain literally had to be carved out to make way for the build. A layer of gravel and plastic was laid out to act as a foundation, while treated lumber and sheeted plywood was used to create the shape. Care was taken to ensure that the structure would be able to support the earth that would be sitting on top of it, while a special wrapping was used to guard the house from ice and rain.

The authentic design of the Hobbit hole will give fantasy fans the feeling that they have stepped into middle earth.
The authentic design of the Hobbit hole will give fantasy fans the feeling that they have stepped into middle earth.
The house is kitted out with rustic furnishings for an authentic feel.
The house is kitted out with rustic furnishings for an authentic feel. Image by Airbnb/Kristie Wolfe

The final steps in the build saw a corrugated metal roof being added, along with French drains all around the house, which was then fitted with different rustic, middle-earth inspired furnishings either built by hand or bought at second-hand markets.

Katie Wolfe during the construction of the house.
Kristie Wolfe during the construction of the house. Image by Kristie Wolfe
Sticks are woven into a fence outside the house.
Sticks are woven into a fence outside the house.

With travellers now actively searching for interesting and unforgettable places to stay while on holidays, many Airbnb hosts like Kristie are creating unique, tailored experiences for guests. More information on, “The Tiny House in the Shire” is available on Airbnb.