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The Dugout: Hobbit-Inspired Cottage with Library Bath!

On a smallholding (family farm) near the England/Wales border sits The Dugout: A little cottage, literally dug from the hillside, filled with quirky cut stone floors and charming woodwork (including pulley light switches).

The handmade Chestnut Master bed sits in the round portion of the cottage. The home also has comfortable seating near a wood stove, a dining table, and small kitchen, as well as it’s signature feature: a library bath — literally a bathtub in a bookcase.

You are welcome to watch the farm owners going about their daily tasks, buy fresh meat and produce at the onsite shop, or for an additional fee, even participate in a woodworking workshop. Alternatively, you can sit on the patio and take in the astonishing views of the valley below. Book your stay here.

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Live Like a Hobbit in this Shire-Themed Cottage

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The yurt-like portion is attached to a rectangular dug-out home.

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Notice there’s even a living roof!

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All those windows let in wonderful sunlight.

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Sleep well in the hand-made bed.

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Walk out to make your morning cup of coffee.

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Take a look at the cut stone by the pillar!

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The book side-table is awesome.

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What a perfect spot to get cozy.

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Now that’s a unique lighting fixture!

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And here’s the famous library bath.

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Wow! Those views…

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Could you enjoy a few days here?

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  • Handmade
  • Cut stone floor
  • Pulley light switches
  • Hand carved light fittings
  • Natural wooden beams
  • Book encased bath
  • Roundwood, chestnut king size bed
  • Curtains have been custom printed
  • Property houses local arts and crafts, some of which are for sale.
  • All the plant based cleaning products and toiletries are supplied for your use.
  • Optional Wifi. No children or pets.

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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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  • Sheila
    September 24, 2020, 10:57 am

    This is beautiful. I don’t like to fly at all nor will I go on a cruise ship. Not because of the virus. I don’t like planes or cruise ships. Not practical for me to go to England. This is amazing. Love the bath library. Who knows. Maybe I might rid my fear someday and maybe not. I love this Hobbit House.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 28, 2020, 12:58 pm

      “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 😉

  • Theresa Perdue
    September 26, 2020, 11:47 am

    Now this is just cruel. To actually let you stay here and then when you have just decided that you want to live there forever you are forced to leave because you didn’t know you would need a permanent stay. Nope. Once I am in you’d never get me out again 😉

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 28, 2020, 12:51 pm

      Haha I feel the same way!!

  • AmyCat =^.^=
    October 9, 2020, 1:23 am

    The only thing I don’t like is the “library bath”… Keeping books next to steamy water is a recipe for mildewyn disaster! 🙀😿
    Use the bath shelves for towels & toiletries, & put the bookshelves elsewhere. 😺📚

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 9, 2020, 1:46 pm

      That is a good point!

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