A definitive ranking of the best hobbit houses at Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Because I’m weird and nerdy and I don’t care if you don’t like it.
Earlier this year Sam and I took eight days to explore some of New Zealand’s North Island. For such a short snap of time, it really was one of the best holidays we’ve had together – eight days of rolling emerald hills, lazy coastal drives and sweaty mountain-biking adventures. It’s been about six months, so it makes sense that I’m finally getting around to putting together a photo book of the trip. (It took me around eighteen months to finish the photo book for our Spain holiday, so really, I’m right on target).
I think I’ve mentioned my love of hobbits, and that time I missed my chance to visit Hobbiton itself while on a trip to Auckland (maybe once or twice). Well you can imagine that when I finally made my way to The Shire, I took a lot of photos. And what better to do with those photos than share them in that blog I made, ranking my favourite hobbit dwellings and dreaming of which one I would like to live in forever.
(It’s no surprise that as a Sydney-sider I would be willing to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a hole in the ground in which to live).
I’ll say this outright: Hobbiton was touristy as hell. You can only see the movie set by paying for the guided tour, and busloads full of people depart from the Shire’s Rest cafe every ten minutes. It’s insanely crowded. And yes, they’re still peddling movie souvenirs some fifteen years after the end of the original LOTR trilogy. But, as someone who fell in love with the peace and quiet (and whimsy) of The Shire when it first appeared on screens almost two decades ago, I have to say it was worth it. I loved seeing The Shire in real life and learning its history. Now let’s go house hobbit-hole shopping…
For the gardener: a humble, unassuming house – but check out that veggie patch. 6/10
The fisherman’s abode. Simplicity at its best. 6/10
It might not look like much,but it’s what’s on the inside that counts (if you look closely, you’ll find it’s full of cheese!) 7/10
The hobbit’s hideaway: for those who like their privacy. 7/10
For those who prefer the simple things in life: sunshine, a good chair, and a bottle of whiskey. 8/10
I just really like this one. Stylish and sweet. And check out that pumpkin – soup for days. 8/10
Prime real-estate, right on the lake. Now we’re talking. 9/10
Of course, I had to include this one. Unfortunately, it’s way out of my price range. 8/10
The winner! Sure, Sam may have to permanently duck his head, but just look at that fine timberwork. And the view…
OK, I’m now seriously considering moving to Hobbiton. And that’s about as realistic an idea as buying a house in Sydney, so… I’ll see you in January for the housewarming.
A girl can dream.