A Real-Life Hobbit House

By Meera Dolasia on May 24, 2009

If you are a fan of R.R. Tolkien's, 'Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings', this house will look familiar to you. However, this is not a house from any movie set, but the actual residence of Simon Dale, his wife and two kids.

Located on a hillside in Wales, the house is entirely 'green' and built by Simon and his friends using just a chainsaw, hammer and a 1-inch chisel. Most of the materials used were also natural or recycled.

To ensure that the house blends in with the surroundings and to get maximum shelter, it was built into a hillside. The mud and stones from digging the hill, were utilized to construct retaining walls and the foundation. The frame of the house and floor were built using dead wood branches from the trees in the forests. The floor, roof and walls were insulated with bales of straw. 

While the house uses a wood burner for cooking and heating, it is equipped with solar panels to generate electricity, for modern amenities like lights, computers and music. In short, the entire house is built for the 21st century, except for the toilet - which is described briefly as 'compost toilet'.

Simon says he and his family have chosen this way of living, to help reduce their impact on the resources of the earth and also show people that it can be done quite easily and result in a fairly comfortable way of life. To view more pictures of this amazing house check out http://www.simondale.net

sources: simondale.net

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  • ethan dennisFriday, January 30, 2015 at 8:33 am
    i am going to biuld that
    • whalesareboss
      whalesarebossMonday, January 19, 2015 at 8:57 am
      I want to live in a house like that!
      • nikukyu
        nikukyuWednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:08 am
        That's so great and green!!! It looks so comfy and stylish at the same time!
        • happypug12
          happypug12Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm
          Have you watched the Hobbit, nikukyu?
          • nikukyu
            nikukyuWednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm
            No, but I want too!
        • bdubs373
          bdubs373Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:14 am
          harry potter is better
          • ice123
            ice123Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm
            harry potter is better
            • NasiaMonday, May 19, 2014 at 8:55 am
              I been a please like that it was a cabin that like jast like that but we had a lot of room in the cabin but it was fun
              • rozeb
                rozebSunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:32 am
                That looks like a really cool house to live there.
                • otter
                  otterSunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:07 am
                  That looks like the house on the outside, but not on the inside. I like the hobbit, but lord of the rings is better.
                  • otter
                    otterSunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:08 am
                    I really want to live there!!!!!
                  • leah2u
                    leah2uFriday, December 13, 2013 at 10:17 am
                    i dont like lord of the rings
                    • otter
                      otterSunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm
                      Why not? It's so good!!!!!!!!
                    • 4gmiller
                      4gmillerFriday, December 6, 2013 at 7:30 am
                      I love lord of the rings better then the hobbit

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