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Off-Grid Hobbit-like Cave Home Built into a Hillside

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This is a tiny and cozy off-grid home that is perfectly reminiscent of a Hobbit-like cave.

Outside, you’ll see a curved roof line over two double doors that open wide to make the inside and outside living space one. From the front of the house you have views of a lily-pad-filled pond that includes a wonderful footbridge. The owner says he’s spent 40 years creating the space.

In the center of the circular interior you’ll find a large round table with benches. The ceilings feature amazing stone work and a cozy bed is tucked in the curve of one wall. Exposed wooden beams square off areas of the house. In the kitchen area at the back of the house you can pull down a wooden cabinet door to expose a wine rack. A built-in kitchen chest stands against the wall and looks like a piece of history. You can cook over an elaborate wood-burning stove complete with cast iron dishware, or sit and study at a wooden desk near the front wall. Watch the entire video for a full tour of this tiny abode.

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Off-Grid Hobbit-like Cave Home Built into a Hillside


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • SUS
    February 28, 2016, 1:58 pm

    jUST RIGHT ! love IT.

  • Kristina H Nadreau
    February 28, 2016, 3:00 pm

    very creative. excellent stove for heat and cooking. Too dark, ceilings too low and gloomy for me. Others probably find it cozy. I would like the quiet. hope there is a bath with running water.

  • Mac McMullin
    February 28, 2016, 5:27 pm

    My favorite of all I have seen, never seen better. It is like a dream!


  • Joyce
    February 28, 2016, 6:41 pm

    Like it but as one person stated, during winter with very little sun, it could become depressing in the constant rain. That’s why I love the white interiors with lots of windows. But to each his own.

  • Michael L
    February 28, 2016, 8:18 pm

    It is very attractive. However, one that I would have to pass on. I sold a home several years ago and while looking for another, rented this wonderful new apartment built into a hill. Great apartment, wonderful view it to a nature preserve… And low and behold, plenty of mold.

    • BjB
      January 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

      I always wondered if some of those cave places or bermed houses/cabins were good candidates for mold.

      • Michael L
        January 19, 2017, 4:50 pm

        The interesting thing with my apartment was… it was built by a major apartment complex builder! You would think there would be safeguards in place for mold!

        • Natalie
          January 20, 2017, 9:55 am

          Agh! I’ve lived in 2 apartments with mold 🙁

  • Cooltruth
    February 28, 2016, 9:33 pm

    Love it! Very artistic rock work in this cave. Did he find a cave and just decide to fix it up or had to dig into the side of a hill? Where is this built at? Even equipped with a woodstove in there! Bet you’d have a hard time finding it unless you knew exactly where it was as it looks hidden under that hill which has to be good insulation for the place. Fantastic build and I’m sure he must be proud of his results!

  • Eric
    February 29, 2016, 4:07 am

    @Thomas Watts… this is located in the Underhill Valley in the Waikato in New Zealand. Not sure where New Zealand is. OK, about 1200 miles to the west of New Zealand is a little island called Australia.

  • Rebecca
    March 19, 2016, 9:03 pm

    Lord have mercy I have a perfect location for one of these. Right where I plan an underground house. What an amazing idea to fill it with sand and create the stonework on top. My plan is wide and not deep, brighter.

    I take it no county code???? I hate the endless controls in the US.

    I commend this man for building this beautiful plave, everything is quite perfect. I agree about no electricity, I lived without it for a year… my goodness the peace.

    • Eric
      September 4, 2016, 7:52 pm

      This is in New Zealand… and yes, we have building codes. Fortunately 1 building code covers the entire country, so “we” don’t have to worry about the 50 different State codes and umpteen thousand town/city/village building codes on top of that. My, aren’t we lucky?

      No electricity for a year? Wow, what did you use for light? Dirty sooty candles or kerosene lanterns?

  • Rebecca
    September 4, 2016, 8:34 pm

    I wish we’d back down on code in the US.
    I had an odd combination of battery powered LED lights and [dirty sooty???] candles for light. I drove to work and recharged batteries in my truck. My cell phone had internet and I charged it in the truck and at work.
    The gentle light and quiet were wonderful. I was up and out on my acreage at dawn every day, fully rested. I’ve never been so relaxed.

  • January 19, 2017, 1:34 pm

    All we need !

  • January 19, 2017, 2:25 pm

    Any work of art worthy of respect is really simple, but it shows the tecnical and formal complexity that arise irrepeatability exclusivity as well as in men and in nature. What matters is to be positive or negative, in this case the effect is definitely Positive!

    • Natalie
      January 20, 2017, 10:00 am


    January 19, 2017, 4:37 pm

    Although I am not a cave person, but the photos shows a well planned outcome and situated on a lovely spot too. Well done!

  • Mike
    January 20, 2017, 5:30 am

    Love this hobbit home! My builder is certain he can prevent any mold issues, as we plan to build the first true hobbit home (to my knowledge) in North Caroline this summer. Hope to be posting pictures in July! If anyone would like to brainstorm with me on this, I would be happy to share all info I have obtained in the quest for a Bilbo Baggins habitat!

    • Natalie
      January 20, 2017, 9:21 am

      We would love to share all about your house when it’s done! My husband really wants a hobbit hole someday, so we will take our inspiration from you 🙂

    January 20, 2017, 6:33 am

    If it’s good enough for Bilbo Baggins it’s good enough for me…!

    • Natalie
      January 20, 2017, 9:19 am

      That is going to be my new life motto 🙂 hehehe

  • jm
    January 22, 2017, 3:39 am

    Maybe it does meet code. The Hobbit code. If he worked on it for 40yrs everyone probably knew about it.

    • Natalie
      January 23, 2017, 7:23 am

      And, believe it or not, there are some places without codes, or with verryyy minimal ones. Rare, but they exist if you don’t mind living rurally.

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