If you’ve ever dreamed of living in the Shire, you’re in luck — Middle Earth is closer than you think. Tucked away in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Hobbit Treehouse is a fantastical rental that’s ready to whisk you and your companions away to a memorable vacation inspired by Lord of the Rings. The gorgeous 400-square-foot treehouse accommodates both adults and kids, and even comes with big and hairy Hobbit-feet shoes that you can wear to channel your inner Bilbo Baggins.
Although the Hobbit Treehouse isn’t burrowed into a hillside like a traditional hobbit home, owners Gordon and Audrey Mack paid careful attention to make the rental feel as authentic as possible. To get to the magical abode, visitors must pass through an arched wooden door (marked by an Elvish sign) and a short bridge lined with artificial grass that lead to the beautiful 5-foot-high round treehouse door. The cozy interior is decked out with timber and stone walls, rounded windows, and special Tolkien-inspired goodies such as a glowing Eye of Sauron, a long sword, gauntlet with a gold ring, and Hobbit-feet slippers that come in a variety of sizes.
The two-bedroom Hobbit Treehouse also offers modern amenities, including a fireplace, AC, fridge, microwave, TV, and running water. A ladder leads through a cutout in the ceiling covered in fake foliage to reach a loft bedroom. The vacation treehouse can only be rented along with the attached main house, Chateau de Soleil, a 4,100-square-foot 4-bedroom home that sleeps 16. The Chateau de Soleil and Hobbit Treehouse rent at an average price of $640 a night.
Via My Modern Met