Mini-adventure in a Hobbit House

by | Last modified on Mar 10, 2020 | Camping & Outdoors, UK

Do you like Lord of the Rings? I asked Emma, how about a stay in a Hobbit House?

In 2019, Emma Lawton is attempting to do something new and fun every single day. She’s called the project the F—it List. It’s Emma’s way of sticking 2 (positive) fingers up at life after being thrown health problems, including being diagnosed with Parkinson’s aged just 29.

Left with the task of hunting down something fun we could do together, I took to Google to help me find the most unusual thing I could find. A UK staycation in a Hobbit House in England came out on top!

West Stow Pods; Pod Hollow

West Stow Pods is a glamping sight in Bury St Edmunds a 45-minute drive from Cambridge. They have a number of camping ‘pods’ on their sight although we were there to check out their latest build: Pod Hollow.

Pod Hollow is a replica of the Hobbit House you see in the Lord of the Rings films. In all honesty, I was a little sceptical. Surely this place was reserved just for ultra geeky hardcore LOTR fans? But….the F—it Project is all about trying new things.

No admittance except on party business!

This house is amazing. I immediately decided that I wanted to live here permanently.

I hadn’t even stepped inside and I was in love. The curved turfed roof and circle windows. Not to mention the trees and wildlife that sat just outside.

We pushed open the heavy circle front door and ducked to enter the Hobbit House.

I. Love. This. Door!!!

We walked straight into the open plan living room/dining room. To the right was the kitchen and bathroom and to the left 2 bedrooms.

I recognised the place immediately from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. The small touches around the place made it feel really warm and lived in.

Hobbit house UK

Life in Hobbiton

Myself, Emma and Gil took to our new life in the Hobbit House pretty quickly. Although we’d all initially talked about doing some work it just didn’t seem right not to make the most of the creative space.

I quickly adopted the armchair by the fire (in my head this was Gandalf’s chair) and did some reading and writing. Emma did some scrapbooking and Gil dressed up in the provided cloak and walked around the house pretending to be a wizard.

We all had an amazing nights sleep. Emma compared her room to ‘sleeping in the womb’….I totally agreed that the circle shape of the Hobbit House had a relaxing effect.

The next day we went for a walk in a nearby estate, made some cakes and put on a film.

Can you guess what we watched?

Our stay in a Hobbit House

Pod Hollow is a really well-crafted place. I couldn’t stop admiring the circular beams, the stain glass windows and the front door which I opened and closed multiple times just because it brought me a ridiculous amount of joy.

It was a fantastic stay. For Lord of the Rings fans (from mild to ultra-geek) or creative types, get yourself to Pod Hollow now!

Stay in a hobbit house

We had been gifted a 2-night stay a Pod Hollow as part of Emma Lawton‘s project. Prices usually start from £150 a night and can be booked via the West Stow Pod’s website.

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Bex Band

Bex Band

Welcome to my blog! I'm an award-winning adventurer, bestselling author and founder of Love Her Wild. My work and adventures have featured in BBC, The Guardian and Condé Nast. I love nothing more than travelling and getting outdoors on solo and family adventures. Using my years of experience, I provide advice and inspiration on various topics, including wild camping, charity challenges, glamping and travel itineraries.


  1. Kim

    This looks amazing! I love Lott so this is definitely going on my list of things to do.

    • Bex Band

      Don’t hesitate to go – you’ll love it!


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