Man Builds Fully Functional Hobbit House In Wales


Yes you read the title correctly. Hobbit homes are no longer a work of film or fiction. Eco-extraordinaire Simon Dale went into the woods one day and built a sustainable, eco-friendly, and above all functional hobbit house for him and his family to live in whilst they worked on an ecological woodland management project.

The house was built with a view to have a low impact on the environment and be in keeping with its surroundings. It was also built on a tiny budget, proving that dream homes (if in fact you on occasion lust after a hobbit abode) don’t have to cost the Earth (Middle or otherwise…).

The budget for this stunning residence was around £3,000 in materials which equates to roughly £60/sq m excluding labour. According to Dale it took approximately 1,000-1,500 man hours plus the help of his Father-in-law and some helpful passers by and visiting friends.


So what do you need to build a house like this?


  • A Chainsaw (try not to have any Texas Chainsaw Massacre moments when DIY takes a more stressful turn of events…you know it will, DIY projects always do)
  • A Hammer
  • A 1 inch chisel
  • An appropriate woodland area
  • A fair bit of time, determination and love of the environment
  • 3,000 of your finest English pounds or around 4,876 lovely American dollars
  • Hairy toes…(this one I believe is optional…maybe)

Once you have assembled these tools and found the right plot of land all you need is the sheer will and a little bit of skill to build your new home.


How did he do that?

hobbit house in the snow

If you are feeling in awe of Simon Dale a little bit, you are in good company. Being able to create something that not only looks impressive, but is actually fully functional is an amazing feat.

On how he managed to build this home of Hobbit proportions he had this to say: 

“I was not a builder or carpenter, my experience was only having had a go at one similar house 2yrs before and a bit of mucking around inbetween. This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverence and a mate or two to give a lift now and again.”

On the appeal of building your own eco-friendly home, Dale explained: 

“Since 2003 we have been living and building on the land, working in environmental projects and community.  We have found that for a few thousand pound and a few months work it is possible to create simple shelters that are in harmony with the natural landscape, ecologically sound and are a pleasure to live in.  There is something powerfully alluring in such natural buildings.  Their simplicity and cost makes them accessible; their beauty and use of natural materials remind us of our ancestral right and ability to live well as part of the landscape/nature/earth.  We believe this dream is possible for anyone with genuine intention, will and hard work.”

It’s all about looking good


Below are some of the finer points of the design and construction:

  • Dug into hillside for low visual impact and shelter
  • Stone and mud from diggings used for retaining walls, foundations etc.
  • Frame of oak thinnings (spare wood) from surrounding woodland
  • Reclaimed (scrap) wood for floors and fittings
  • Woodburner for heating – renewable and locally plentiful
  • Fridge is cooled by air coming underground through foundations
  • Skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light
  • Solar panels for lighting, music and computing
  • Water by gravity from nearby spring
  • Roof water collects in pond for garden etc.

 hobbit house interior sunshine

You can see more of Simon Dale’s projects and find out all the details, including the plans and the photographs of the house in various stages of build here.

This hobbit house is a truly epic project of awesome proportions. I really love that not only is it visually stunning, it is eco-friendly, which is in perfect keeping with hobbit aesthetics. Simon Dale’s hobbit house is, in my opinion, exquisite.

Would you live in a house like this…would you build one?


Image source: All images are from Simon Dale’s website

Susie McBeth

Susie McBeth is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Nerd Like You.   Susie is a comic book reading, anime loving, superhero obsessed, writer, editor, artist, gamer, occasional supervillain and all round very nerdy girl.   When not working on content for NLY and sneakily fitting in the odd zombie kill, she can be found writing entertainment posts for national news entertainment site The Metro as well as writing guest posts for Bit Rebels and a plethora of other sites (Google will tell you all).   She also writes books - including the recent How to become a Supervillain in 10 easy steps.

5 thoughts on “Man Builds Fully Functional Hobbit House In Wales

  • November 30, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    We found this house so inspiring that we are planing to build ours within 2 years. We already started a 3d maquette of it. We took a plank 14×18”, use dead leafs rolled them and attached with fine wire for the hill, twigs for posts, cardboard from pizza box for appliances (movable) and a hot glue gun. Everithing is made to scale 1 cm = 1 foot. Easy to build, cheap, takes about 4 evenings. We can figure out the exact design we want four our real house. Maquette also help us to easy figure what would be the view threw the Windows, from the bed and how far the sun will penetrate in summer/winter. Overall: great couple activitie, thank you very much for the inspiration! Live your dreams!!!

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  • October 4, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I love this house! I have been seeing its beautiful photos everywhere since I became inspired to build my own home… Any chance Simon dale will teach me everything he knows?!

    • October 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      If he does – you will have to persuade him to teach me too. It is stunning isn’t it. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • April 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Absolutely composed written content, many thanks for details.

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