Hobbit-holes are warm, cosy and have perfectly round doors and grass roofs – and are, of course, home to hobbits like Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
Now, while we may find a hobbit-hole lacking in height – hobbit’s only stand three feet six inches – one Forest Town man has made book and film lovers’ dreams come true by creating Hobbit Houses designed with humans in mind.
Firefighter Matt Wright has created versions of JRR Tolkien’s homes of The Shire which you can have on your very own garden.
The 32-year-old Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fan says his Hobbit Houses are eco-friendly and come with a 125-year guarantee.
He said there is “nothing out there like them” and each house will be a custom order.
Made at his home on Lime Grove, the versatile hobbit homes can be used as garden entertainment spaces, yoga rooms, home offices, glamping pods and can even cater for a sauna.
Made from recycled plastic they can even support a real grass roof. Matt’s first Hobbit House was built in his back garden and is kitted out as a “nice and relaxing” bar.
Matt, who spent five years as a carpenter and joiner in the Royal Engineers, says: “The business has just started the website was launched two weeks ago.
“I built the first one on my back garden in summer last year and it got a lot of attention. Since then I have been doing the groundwork.
“It is a fanatic product which can be anything you want it to be.
“You can have different layouts, they can interconnect together, you could have a full eco-house. I am really excited for the future of the company – the glamping market is doing really well.
“It is an eco product you will be able to pass it onto grandchildren.”
Prices start from £7,995, however, if you want something on a par with Bilbo’s pad, it will cost upward of £50,000.
Matt, who works at London Road fire station in Nottingham, even proposed to fiancee Julie Ling, 30, using riddles from The Hobbit, finishing by asking: “What have I got in my pocket?”
But instead of “one ring to rule them all”, from Lord of the Rings, he had an engagement ring.
The couple are getting married in July and plan to use Matt’s existing hobbit-hole as the bar for the reception.
Matt, who describes himself as entrepreneurial, says his first major project was a cat hotel, the Lime Grove Cattery, in his back garden, which he and Julie, a veterinary Surgeon and partner at Vets4Pets, Kingsway Court, Kirkby, now run a luxury cat hotel from.
And in the future, Matt is looking at making miniature hobbit house playhouses and pet versions as well.