Shire-inspired houses are quaint, but they have a tendency to look like, well, a hole in the ground. When one collector of Tolkien manuscripts and artifacts wanted the perfect place to display his collection, he contracted with the architecture firm Archer & Buchanan to create a Hobbit home Bilbo Baggins could love.
Simon Dale was fed up. He'd had enough of what he calls "mass produced box design" homes so he did something about it—he moved his family to the Welsh countryside and hand-built a "Hobbit house" even Peter Jackson would envy.
Can't afford to jet out to New Zealand to get your Lord Of the Rings fix? Then head over to Trout Creek, Montana and stay at the Hobbit House!
Despite being almost completely embedded in the side of a hill, this modern home in Switzerland has a seriously stunning view. You can almost picture Julie Andrews (distracted with spinning and singing) crashing through the window into your living room.