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Hobbit Hole Tiny Homes for Your Backyard

Meet Rocky and Melissa. They live in Maine and have been building what I like to call Hobbit Hole Tiny Homes.

Their micro structures can serve a variety of purposes. Originally they were intended to be for children so they were in the playhouse business.

Recently they’ve decided to broaden their market when they realized that adults love these little dwellings just as much as kids do and I think they made a great choice, don’t you think?

Their company is called Wooden Wonders and as most of you might already know a “hobbit” is a character from a book called The Hobbit which is now more widely known as Lord of the Rings.

Even in the original book, Hobbits were known to live very simple lives in rural areas. Much like many of us want to consider trying and some of you are already doing. Some of you are even completely off-grid in your own tiny cabin.

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Hobbit Hole Tiny Cottage by Wooden Wonders

Photo Credit Wooden Wonders

Interior of Cottage Hobbit Hole by Wooden Wonders

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Back Porch of Cottage Hobbit Hole by Wooden Wonders

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Rocky has designed and built his unique round dome shaped structures to be used as chicken coops, offices, sheds, and even a little cottage. You can see their biggest build that has a back porch and all in the photos above and you’ll get a video tour below. It’s about 200 square feet in size.

The most unique and interesting thing about them which you’ll notice right away is their shape. In a world where all homes look almost identical, this really stands out and makes you feel welcome.

Hobbit Holes by Wooden Wonders

Photo Credit Wooden Wonders

Hobbit Holes Chicken Coop

Photo Credit Wooden Wonders

Tiny Hobbit Hole Cottage

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Hobbit Hole Playhouse

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Peak inside a Hobbit Hole Tiny Cottage by Wooden Wonders

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Another Hobbit Hole Tiny Dwelling

Photo Credit Wooden Wonders

In the video tour– thanks to Faircompanies.com– you’ll get to see more of their cottage version as well as a smaller 9 x 9 version with cedar shingles, pine siding, and a futon inside.

Right now Rocky and Melissa and their small company, Wooden Wonders, are the only ones who have a license through Middle Earth to build and sell Hobbit Holes to the masses.

Pricing for Wooden Wonder’s Hobbit Holes start at $999 for a coop and go all the way up to $14,999 for a cottage. For more information visit their website. Also be sure to check out Kirsten Dirksen’s original post and video tour/interview with Rocky and Melissa.


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • LaMar
    June 30, 2012, 11:33 am

    I would like to see this design expanded for actual living with proper head room, partition walls and areas for cooking, sleeping, and bathroom.

    They look very nice and the design idea could be adapted for a unique cabin.

    The round door is cool but would be a problem for everyday use and people with disabilities and the elderly. Could be adapted to be both a traditional rectangular door with an optional round door.

    • August 1, 2012, 3:16 pm

      Thanks, LaMar, good points.

  • sesameB
    July 2, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Exceptional. Wonderful. Special, soft and warming structure!! I adore this. Love the round door. Curves are me!!! Keep the curves — yes!!!!
    Hobbit Hole Tiny Homes for Your Backyard – YES! I have not lost my playfulness as an adult.
    Barefootin’ in rural south central Arkansas

    • August 1, 2012, 3:16 pm

      Thanks SesameB! Hope you’re well!

  • Chris
    July 4, 2012, 12:03 pm

    An excuse for us adults to have some fun! Those look awesome

    • August 1, 2012, 3:17 pm

      For sure, Chris, glad you liked them! Thanks!

  • Danielle
    July 4, 2012, 10:13 pm

    Enchanting! I love it!!

    • August 1, 2012, 3:17 pm

      Aren’t they? Thanks Danielle!

  • Terrie
    July 25, 2012, 9:57 am

    I would love to live in someting like this, if it could be adapted for disabled persons.

    • Starr
      July 31, 2012, 6:13 pm

      It has an option, for an added $250, to install a back door: “3 feet, meets ADA requirements” 🙂

      • August 1, 2012, 3:18 pm

        Thanks, Starr! That’s so good to know. Terrie- we’ve also featured a few builders who put some focus on ADA requirements and small homes for disabled people. It’s right here if you want to give it a read: https://www.tinyhousetalk.com/ada-accessible-tiny-homes/

        • Tom
          March 1, 2016, 4:17 pm

          Hi, Alex,
          I hit the wrong button & reported your comment – sorry! I wanted to let you know that, unless you’re talking about public accommodations (e.g., rentals), the ADA doesn’t apply here. This is a good thing, because the ADA Accessibility Guidelines are are a compromise between the disability & business communities and make sweeping generalizations about dealing with particular disabilities. If you have a disability that affects your mobility, I suggest that you try to identify your individual needs (with an eye to the future) so that you can be prepared for a more custom fit. Many (maybe most) features can be done at little or no cost, if initiated in the design phase. Anyone can learn more by contacting the Center for Independent Living in their area (if they live in the US); you can also check out the Center for Universal Design at NC State (https://www.ncsu.edu/ncsu/design/cud/). There are mountains of info on this topic.

  • July 25, 2012, 4:50 pm

    I LOVE these! How very cool!

    But I live with a LOTR purist, and am a borderline one myself. It’s only a hobbit-hole if it’s in the ground!

    I think we’d have to build a hill around this to really feel comfortable calling it a Hobbit Hole – but, hey, they’re so neat, it would totally be worth the trouble!


    • August 1, 2012, 3:19 pm

      That’s awesome, Jessica! I can totally agree with that. Thanks for checking it out and leaving your thoughts.

    • February 21, 2015, 1:49 pm

      Hey Jessica
      If you click on the “Custom Design/Build” on their website you’ll see that they do bury their cottages in-ground, or up to the sidewalls, and they do a sod roof as well. So your live-in LOTR purist should be completely satisfied with what they build. I’m in Colorado, and if I lived closer to Maine I’d certainly check them out!
      Mitakuye Oyasin

  • Lynda
    February 6, 2013, 3:59 pm

    Can these be shipped outside the United States? I NEED to live in one, but it needs to be larger, have electricity and water and a bathroom and kitchen area. Maybe up to 300 or 400 sq. ft. Is it possible to make one that large? That’s still small, but for a Hobbit Hole it’s pretty big. I’m serious, please let me know. Thank you so much.

    • Bill Burges
      January 28, 2014, 2:40 pm

      Lynda what is it specifically about the Hobbit Holes that fits your needs? Trust me, as you age, the knee knocker door sill will get Really Old(shipboard experience) I too love the round top door/window effect and maybe that is one of the attractions that can sooth your needs. I feel the footage you need is perfect, you might look at Tiny Texas Houses “Brownie” and feel what I think is the most of what you can live with. I would do a dome roof however like the Tetra on that site. Very Vardo or Caravan like.

  • January 28, 2014, 6:42 pm

    These are so darn adorable! Of course I am into one of my new projects of tiny house curtains, etc., so I am seeing my tiny curtains and other décor items I make, in all sorts of places, in all sorts of sizes and shapes! I can certainly see some in one of these!
    Thanks for sharing this!

  • Lisa E.
    February 21, 2015, 11:39 am

    I’d like one of these for a music studio. I’d have to put in a Dickinson and some insulation for the colder months, but this would be a great additional (specialty) room. I don’t mind the round door but to meet fire codes, a rectangular door could be placed at the back of the building out of front sight. I also agree with LaMar that this would make a wonderful full size house with full amenities. I like whimsical themes for concept housing.

  • Patricia Crawford
    February 21, 2015, 12:20 pm

    I think it’s silly that you have to have a license to produce ‘Hobbit hole’ anything. It’s a round door, no one should own that. A company I like in Vermont has started making round doors available for $600 on any of their cottages and tiny houses, maybe because they don’t call it a Hobbit House door they don’t need to pay royalties? The company is called Jamaica Cottage Shop. Their round doors are very large and look useful and inviting. Their homes and storage buildings have been shown here on this site before. Their adorable. These shown here are certainly cute little Hobbit Holes. They would be great for a kid, or the kid in all of us. 🙂

  • Elle
    February 21, 2015, 3:27 pm

    Yes the wonderful ‘fengshui-ness’ and lack of corners was the first thing I noticed. These are absolutely magical. I too would love to see a Hobbit Hole cabin outfitted for everyday living.

    These would make for a very memorable stay for travelors and guests. They also clearly create a challenge for toddlers to think outside the box when entering and exiting, ha-ha. Beautiful little boys!

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful little structures and I do hope you’ll continue to do so as these and your business evolve.

  • Sarah
    February 21, 2015, 8:17 pm

    I just think these are wonderful, how fanciful and cool to take something out of a well-loved book and bring it to life! Just wanted to say that I am personally handicapped and I could get my chubby butt into it through that round door. You have to keep the found doors, adds to the whole design. Love love love

  • Jystme
    February 21, 2015, 8:41 pm

    I love it. Does it get finished inside and insulated? I’d love to view the video but there are too many video advertisements and it cancels each other out.

  • jenna
    February 23, 2015, 9:50 am

    I adore these! Being from maine i just wonder how warm this dwelling would be for the winters (winters there last from october-april)…With the right thoughts and love Im sure someone could make it winter happy 🙂

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