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It might have been almost 100 years since J.R.R. Tolkein wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but hobbit homes are still popping up all over the Welsh countryside so that you can get a taste of The Shire, right here in Britain. Some are cosy and small whilst others can welcome larger families and groups, even pets!
We’re sure Tolkein would have approved given that he was a fan of all things Welsh, he is even said to have given Welsh-inspired names to characters and places.
So, my precious, if you’d like to embrace the world of Tolkein, and your inner Bilbo Baggings, here are 11 epic places to stay in Wales just like Hobbiton.
1. Woodland Roundhouse Hobbit Home
Location: Clynnog-Fawr, Gwynedd, North Wales
Best for: Families with young children
- Based on a farm
- Pets allowed
- Indoor fireplace
This magical place is tucked away amongst the trees on 40 acres of woodland. The property looks like something out of a fairy tale, and can sleep 5 guests with 3 bedrooms included.
You can cook inside or outside, and mains electricity is included. Guests are welcome to explore the rest of the farm, feed lambs or even take a dip in the lakes and streams. Pets are welcome, but dogs must stay on a lead outside the property.
The property is around 300m from the car parking space, so be prepared for a small walk to and from the car to unpack.
2. Chez La Baggings
Location: Anglesey, North Wales
Best for: Smaller families who enjoy the outdoors
- Sleeps four guests
- Wood-burning stove
- Mountain views
The brilliantly named – Chez la Baggings – is a unique caravan with space for up to four guests. The wooden framed property includes a wood-burning stove, fully equipped kitchen and dining area, and even a shower in the bathroom (quite impressive given the size).
There are other holiday rental properties onsite, but all are fully self-contained, with no shared facilities, so you can still have a private breakaway if you would like to.
Pets and children are allowed, and can join you on the private patio to enjoy the surrounding mountain views.
There is no Wifi, and the setup of the property means that everything is a bit packed in, but the design is very clever, and enables a good standard of equipment in a small space. You also have an outside area to use for dining, or just relaxing in front of a fire pit.
3. Hare’s View
Location: Rhayader, Powys, Mid Wales
Best for: A special occasion
- Sleeps 6 people
- Hot tub
- Pets welcome
This beautiful home is built into the hill, with round windows streaming light into the property. The interior of the property is well appointed, with Wifi, Smart TV, a well-stocked kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower is also included.
Pets are welcome (up to two dogs), and a hot tub is situated just outside the property, though we don’t recommend your pets go for a dip. You can even order a food Hamper from the hosts in advance of your stay, which includes lovely treats for a special occasion, or just to enjoy when you arrive.
Although Wifi is included, it can be intermittent due to the location. There is a minimum nights stay, though this varies depending on the property onsite, as there are a few different options.
4. The Prancing Pony
Location: Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant, Powys, Mid Wales
Best for: Nature-loving families
- Hot tub
- Powered by hydroelectricity
- Pet friendly
The Prancing Pony sleeps up to four people, and is built into a hillside with lots of mod cons inside the property. This includes heated floors, Wifi, Smart TV, a kitchen, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower.
Pets are welcome, but dogs must be kept on a lead outside as there are livestock onsite. The farm and the huts, including the Prancing Pony, are all powered by hydroelectricity generated on the farm.
Larger groups are welcome with a neighbouring property offering additional accommodation, and the huts are located next to around 85 cows, and 250 sheep!
There can be an eight hour way for the hot tub to heat up, particularly on your first day, but this is quite typical for many hot tubs.
5. The Burrow
Location: Dolassey, Powys, Mid Wales
Best for: Families looking for a luxury break
- Hot tub
- Curved turf roof
- Copper bathtub
The Burrow is a beautiful property with a curved turf roof, sleeping five people in total. You can open the large folding doors to enjoy the green surroundings, and extending the indoor living space into the outdoors.
Standards are high, with a hot tub outside, and a stunning copper bath included in the bathroom, alongside a double shower.
The property is set amongst nature, with badgers, sheep, foxes and deer all living in the area.
Pets cannot stay at the property, and though Wifi is included, it can be intermittent due to the rural location. Use it as an excuse to knock off your phone and enjoy the stunning night-sky from the comfy chairs, or even the hot tub.
6. Owl Hollow
Location: Llansantffraid, Powys, Mid Wales
Best for: A couple, or a small family
- Heated floors
- Pop-up Smart TV at the end of the bed
Owl Hollow is a stunning property built into the hillside, with a circular entrance welcoming you into a retro-inspired interior.
The curved ceiling is brick-covered giving the feeling as if you have tunnelled into the ground. The property is open plan, with a kitchen including all of the mod cons you would expect, and a gorgeous bed with a Smart TV hidden away at the foot, ready to pop-up into action if you need a late night fix of Eastenders!
The accommodation is suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children, and it is pet friendly, though dogs must be kept on a lead due to this being based on a working farm.
There are other properties onsite, which can be good if you are looking for multiple bookings for a group, or not so good if you are looking for a secluded getaway.
7. Nant Y Garnedd
Location: Machynlleth, Powys, Mid Wales
Best for: Families looking for something different
- Wood-fired Hot tub
- Complimentary Wifi
- Private parking onsite
Nant Y Garnedd looks like it has been tunnelled into the landscape. The property includes an open-plan living area, and can sleep four people in total. You will find a private garden, patio and hot tub outside, and a dining area and kitchen inside. Wifi is also included, along with a Smart TV.
These are pet-free properties, a starter pack of wood is provided for the hot tub, but additional packs of wood must be purchased beyond this.
The site is well placed for people visiting Snowdonia, Lake Vyrnwy and Barmouth.
8. Hobbit House
Location: Montgomeryshire, Powys, Mid Wales
Best for: A uniquely traditional experience
- Built using traditional methods and materials
- Pets allowed
The appropriately named ‘Hobbit House’ is based on a large 11-acre site which includes other holiday rental properties, and a camping area. The property has been built using straw bales and clay from the nearby river, and includes two double bedrooms and a bathroom, sleeping up to four guests.
The quirky interior is well organised, with the white walls and bare wood offering a rustic environment to enjoy your break. There is also a fantastic mosaic fireplace, and a bathroom with an actual bath – rare in properties like this!
There is no central heating, but the property does include two wood-burning stoves, and a basket of logs which are bound to keep you toasty.
9. Hobley House
Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire, West Midlands
Best for: Adult couples looking for a break in nature
- Sun terrace
Situated just over the Welsh/English border in Craven Arms, Hobley House is a wondrous building nestled amongst a natural garden environment. This one bedroom, one bathroom property comes with a kitchen, shower and a sun terrace.
The site is based on an organic farm, and is well placed for visitors to Clun Castle or Montgomery Castle (both less than eight miles away), or the Shropshire Hills (around 15 miles away).
Children and pets are not allowed at the property, so this won’t be the place for a family break.
10. The Hobbit House
Location: Borth, Ceredigion
Best for: Families looking for a beach-based break
- 18th century cottage
- Pet friendly
This is a little bit of a cheat, as ‘The Hobbit House’ isn’t your typical burrowed-into-the-hillside property as most others have been. It is instead a small 18th century cottage, just a short walk from a lovely beach in Borth. We had to include it based on the name though, and for anyone looking for something more traditional for a holiday stay.
The property sleeps up to five people, children and pets are welcome. You will find the usual home comforts, including a fitted kitchen, 42” TV, free Wifi, and a small enclosed patio area with BBQ is included.
You will need to bring your own towels and cot bedding for little ones, but other bed linen is included.
11. Woodland View
Location: Rhayader, Mid Wales
Best for: A couple looking for a space to explore and unwind
- Hot tub
- Complimentary Wifi
- Pets allowed
This beautiful cabin sleeps two people, and welcomes pets. Whilst it isn’t a hobbit home in the traditional sense, a lot is packed into a little space and provides a cosy pod to holiday in.
Within the detached property you will find a kitchen with dishwasher, bathroom with shower and free Wifi. Outside there is a fire pit and hot tub to enjoy, providing a great space to unwind after a day of exploring.
The property has a £250 bond to be paid on top of the booking price, and whilst this is currently an isolated property, the landowner is building more of these properties in the area (which may lead to some noise from construction work).
Kieren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Wales Guidebook. Originally from rural Mid-Wales, he has lived all over the country from Cardiff to Wrexham. A true Welshman, Kieren created this site to share his passion for Wales and help others discover this beautiful country.