Welcome to Lord of the Rings — West Cork style, where an underground hobbit house is now open to visitors.
Built beneath a flower-strewn hill, and accessed by a circular yellow door, the dwelling is based on the home of Bilbo Baggins, one of the main characters in the JRR Tolkien book The Hobbit.
The two-bedroomed furnished Hobbit Hole near the village of Enniskeane has its own fireplace and even boasts a carving of Bilbo Baggins by a local sculptor. Visitors can walk right through the eccentric dwelling which has a rear door opening onto the back of the hill.
The Bilbo Baggins house, as it has been dubbed, is one of the attractions on offer at Glenview Gardens, a three-acre garden on the West Cork Garden Trail.
The hobbit house took local man David Tanner three months to construct.
“The hobbit house runs all the way through the hill and we’re getting a great response to it. People say they’ve never seen anything like the house under the hill,” says his wife, Mary.
“It’s a big surprise to them, and both children and adults love going in and out — you can open the door and walk right in, although some adults may have to bend a little,” says the mother-of-four.
Her lovingly tended gardens also boast a Chinese Garden with its own Moon-Gate, a Bog Garden, Wisteria Walk, Tea House, canal, pond, a White Garden, a Wildflower Meadow and an aviary with about 40 birds. The hobbit house was the idea of the couple’s son Colin, a big fan of Lord of the Rings.
Glenview Gardens, created in stages by David and his wife Mary over the past 25 years, is open to the public until September.
More information phone 023 8847230/ 087 2535971 or visit www.facebook.com/glenviewgardens
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