The Lord of the Rings fans don’t have to travel all the way to New Zealand to experience the Shire, thanks to Steve Michaels. The Montana resident is the proprietor of the Hobbit House, a cozy abode modeled after the tiny creatures’ hillside dwellings. Once a private guest home, Travel + Leisure reports that the residence is now for sale, giving LOTR lovers the chance to live their Middle Earth fantasies in full.
“The Shire of Montana,” as Michaels refers to his entire property, is located in Trout Creek, Montana, about three hours from Spokane, Washington by car. It comes complete with 20 acres of rural land that's dotted with miniature fairy houses, a troll house inside a 700-year-old redwood, and tinier hobbit homes that “belong” to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. A home for Stevo Baggins sits near the driveway, and a “River Shire"—which Michaels constructed from a well—trickles in the background.
As for the Hobbit House, it’s built into a hillside and is mostly underground. The home is far more spacious than Bilbo Baggins’s fictional nook: It has two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a kitchen, a dining area, and a living room. There’s also an outdoor deck (perfect for meade-fueled summer gatherings).
It looks like Michaels is selling the Hobbit House along with its custom-made juniper furniture and other LOTR-inspired decorations (including wizard hats and a gold ring that dangles on a string from a rafter). That said, future owners aren’t allowed to rent the home out, which may dash some entrepreneurs’ dreams of running their own hobbit-themed B&B.
The Shire of Montana is currently on sale for $595,000. You can learn more about it here, and check out the pictures below.
All photos courtesy of Steve Michaels.
[h/t Travel + Leisure]