When J.R.R. Tolkien begins The Hobbit, he's quick to clarify that hobbit holes are not nasty, wet, or dirty. This English home reminiscent of a hobbit hole meets Tolkien's clarification that the subterranean dwellings are made for comfort, and then it goes a step further. Called Underhill, the luxury home exemplifies the beauty of earth sheltered homes, and it's currently for sale.
Over 40 years ago architect Arthur Quarmby built Underhill for his family. From the United States to Australia to Japan, Underhill was widely cited as an example of the elegance of earth homes. The 4,000 square foot dwelling is described on the property listing as “the most celebrated house in the West Riding Section of the Peak District;” a description that would fit right in with Tolkien’s description of the Shire. (Don’t tell the Sackville-Bagginses or they might stop by to steal some spoons.)
While the home is not overtly described as a hobbit hole, its name (Frodo Baggins hid under the surname Underhill for a time) and round features – namely a round door at the entrance – appear to evoke the beloved stories. Quarmby’s family lived in Underhill for over 40 years with “unalloyed delight,” but they’re now selling it through Wm. Sykes & Son for a little over $900,000.
The four-bedroom home on close to one acre of property is located amid the green rolling hills of Holme, England. It centers around a “family recreation area” with a swimming pool, and around the pool are suites for the owners and two children. There’s also a dining area, music room, guest bedroom, and kitchen. In a last hobbity touch, there’s a “stone vaulted cave” where residents can enjoy a peat fire. Bilbo might be able to afford this home after battling a few more dragons.
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