Lonely Planet Writer

Mysterious miniature fairy houses have popped up across the Isle of Man

From its rolling hills and lush valleys to the rocky coastlines, there’s plenty on offer in the Isle of Man to interest travellers. But now, visitors to the small island can discover something truly unique; ornate, miniature houses scattered across the rugged landscape.

A fairy house built into a tree at Dhoon Glen.
A fairy house built into a tree at Dhoon Glen. Image by Anonymouse MMX

Created by mysterious art collective Anonymouse MMX from Malmö, Sweden, the decorative installations can be found in different locations, including a small house at Ballaglass Glen, a castle at Bradda Head, and a home inside a tree at Dhoon Glen waterfall. “We build our little scenes hoping that pedestrians will find them charming. They are built for their own sake and not to gain any financial or public recognition, but we are very happy that so many people have enjoyed it so far. We believe that most children like to imagine that there is a world parallel to ours, where small animals live quite like we do,” Anonymouse MMX told Lonely Planet Travel News.

A fairy house built at Dhoon Glen.
A fairy house built at Dhoon Glen. Image by Mikael Buck

Anonymouse MMX first began constructing mouse-sized installations in 2016, creating Il Topolino (an Italian restaurant) and Noix de Vie (a cafe) at ankle-height along a busy street in Malmö, before unveiling a tiny bookshop called Frankie & Benjys Böcker. The pieces are created from a variety of materials, including teacups, lids, sandpaper, toothbrushes, popcorn, zippo lighters, cans, egg cups, chewing gum, bicycle wheels, ventilation pipe, matchboxes, soap, stones, straws, and rulers. The Isle of Man project is a bit different in nature, as the homes have been designed for fairies instead of mice. “The inspiration came both from the Isle of Man itself, which really does have amazing nature, and from our Swedish culture as well, as the folklore is full of fairies, gnomes and goblins,” Anonymouse MMX.

A castle as Bradda Head. Image by Mikael Buck

The houses are available for the public to view, and Anonymouse MMX said that they will stay in place until they are destroyed by weather and wind. The pieces took approximately four months to create.

A fairy home at Ballaglass Glen. Image by Mikael Buck

Following this project, the collective hope to return to creating installations in Malmö. More of Anonymouse MMX’s work can be found on their Instagram page.