A visit to Hobbiton is on most Lord of the Rings fans' bucket lists, but the picturesque set used in the film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's books has only been open for day visits.
That is, until now.
A hobbit hole is, according to the author, full of "comfort", filled with the sound of tiny pattering hobbit feet and merriment.
Now, LOTR fans can experience it for themselves, and enjoy an exclusive overnight stay at the original Hobbiton film set.
Russell Alexander, general manager of Hobbiton, is inviting guests to his family’s property to live like Bilbo Baggins and retreat to The Shire for an overnight stay at the iconic home.
Nestled in the picturesque pastures of New Zealand’s Waikato region on a 2,500 acre working farm, the property’s rolling, green hills bear a striking similarity to The Shire as described by Tolkien.
Sir Peter Jackson’s movie scouts came across the hills more than two decades ago and quickly realised the hobbits had found their home.
Alexander will host three individual two-night stays for up to four guests at NZD $10 (£5.20) per night as a tribute to the 10th anniversary of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, courtesy of Airbnb.
With access to 44 hobbit holes, The Millhouse, The Green Dragon Inn, and other beloved locations from the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, guests will take an unexpected journey into Middle-earth for an experience unlike any other.
As well as sweeping views of The Shire, they’ll enjoy cosy overnight accommodation curated by the trilogies’ Creative Director Brian Massey, including a writing nook fit for Bilbo Baggins at The Millhouse.
Private access to a personal hobbit hole and an evening banquet in The Green Dragon Inn with a feast featuring beef and ale stew, whole roast chickens, freshly baked breads and plenty of ale are also thrown in, along with second breakfast and elevenses.
Fans will also get to indulge in a behind-the-scenes private tour of the movie set.
“For more than two decades, we’ve welcomed millions of passionate fans to Hobbiton Movie Set, but never before has anyone had the opportunity to spend a night in Middle-earth,” host Russell Alexander said.
“I am delighted to share the beauty of my family’s farm and pleased to be hosting this iconic location on Airbnb for fans from around the world.”
Hobbits, elves, wizards and others may request to book one of three overnight stays on Tuesday, December 13 at 9 PM GMT at airbnb.com/hobbiton.
Stays will take place from March 2 to 4, March 9 to 11, and March 16 to 18, 2023.