It turns out we don’t need to travel to New Zealand to get the full ‘Lord of the Rings’ experience. Tucked away deep in the hills of North County lays San Diego’s very own hobbit house! Built in 2013, this whimsical abode was dreamed up by wildlife photographer Roy Toft. With the help of Mark Niki, a wood artist, and Scotty Ensign, a master landscape architect, they were able to make the dream come to life!
Roy says that initially he just wanted to make a “cool little place to sip whiskey in front of a fire and a small place for guests to stay”. Since then it has been opened up as an Airbnb, which means you can have the opportunity to stay here if you so wish!
Think of this as an upscale glamping experience as there is no electricity in the home and the shower and bathroom are outdoors. I personally love it, as it at least somewhat helps us get back in touch with our primitive roots.
You DO, however, get to sleep in a queen sized Murphy bed and wash up at a large granite sink. There is a small closet, desk, bar, dart board and adorable fireplace. For food, there is a cooler, camping stove and BBQ provided. The yard is filled with a colorful array of plants and artwork, including a beautiful garden and pathway on the roof which you are welcome to relax on. The scenery is stunning and there are trails all throughout the valley.
We also did a music session here with local artist Jesus Gonzalez. Check it out!
In true hobbit fashion, there is a magical garden on top of the roof that you can relax at and explore:
Some photos of the home at night, taken by Roy Toft: