Home is where the Hobbit lies: entrepreneur gives people the chance to stay in Hobbit-style homes
Lord of the Rings fans who have been dreaming of taking a trip to the Shire, the home of Bilbo Baggins and his friends, can now live their dreams in south-east Poland.
If they head to the Podkarpackie village of Babice, which has less than a thousand residents, they can have a Lord of the Rings (LOR) experience and live like a Hobbit in a Hobbitówa built by Bogdan Pękalski.
Now, not content with just providing homes styled on Hobbit homes from the book, Pękalski has started on his next project, the soon to be built Gandalfówa.
“I have had an idea for this house a long time ago,” he said. “Originally, it was supposed to be Gargamelówa, from the wizard Gargamel in the Smurfs cartoon for children but at the end of the summer, when I started building the second house a bit, on the Hobbitówa Facebook page I asked the fans how to name the second house: Gargamelówa or Gandalfówa? The vast majority of people opted for the latter name.”
The new LOR-themed accommodation will add to the lure of a place that is, according to its website, ideal for, “adventure seekers and unusual inspiration, as well as offering adventure and survival lessons for families with children.”
With no TV or wifi visitors can get away from the world and meet fellow travelers while large windows allow people to gaze out across the River San.
The Hobbitówa, which can accommodate four people, have become something of a hit, getting a 4.9 out of 5 rating from over 100 reviews on its Facebook page.
“5 Stars because you can't do more,” wrote one have visitor. “I first heard about this place on Facebook but now we have finally managed to visit it in real life. What Bogdan created there is just impossible to put into words. Such a wonderful and fairy-tale like place is hard to find somewhere else.”