While it might be a dream for many after watching Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit to live inside a cosy hobbit-hole straight out of the Shire, one company is trying to make it a very real possibility!
Glamping company West Stow Pods are trying to build a Hobbit-hole, or 'smial' in Suffolk in the UK and are raising funds to ensure they can complete the project. West Stow Pods are so committed to the project that they've enlisted the help of Tolkien Society member Alan Baxter to make sure the house will be as authentic as possible.
The Hobbit-hole is planned to be decked out with two double bedrooms as well as a kitchen and bathroom. A log burner will be used for heating, and all and all it sounds as though it'd be the perfect place to sit down for Elevenses or to smoke a pipe.
Despite the owner of West Stow Pods, Jan Lenguel, not being a fan of the Tolkein series, he told Mashable that "Alan will ensure everything is completely authentic." He went on to say that he was trying to make the accommodation affordable for all visitors, and hoped guests would combine their stay with a visit to an Anglo Saxon village nearby.
In addition to the Hobbit-hole being authentic, West Stow Pods also sought to make it as sustainable as possible, working with low-impact building techniques and materials.
The quest to build a Hobbit-hole is currently in planning stages and Lenguel is hoping for backers on Kickstarter, however at the moment it appear as though the project may be in some danger due to an intellectual property dispute! Hopefully that can all be sorted out soon and one day in the future we can all plan our visit in the coziest accommodation ever!