A family have turned their home into a Lord of the Rings-inspired hobbit house that is offering guests the real Shire experience.
Carol Hopkinson and Karl Wragg have opened the doors of their underground holiday cottage inspired by the stories of JRR Tolkien.
Called Potts Corner, the home would do Bilbo Baggins proud with its round porthole-like door, stained glass windows and grass roof.
The couple have stuck closely to Tolkien’s description of the homes in The Shire, which were recreated in the box office-recording breaking films.
And befitting the life of luxury enjoyed by hobbits the residence, which sleeps six, doesn’t skimp on home comforts – offering a cosy retreat with cooking facilities, a lounge including a log burner and a roll-top free-standing bath.
Four apprentice hobbits have been employed to help build more hobbit holes as well as a replica of the hobbit watering hole, the Green Dragon Inn.
The couple said they were inspired by their five children – baby Poppy, Poppy, Holly, 3, Rosie, 4, and teenagers Charlie and Daisy.
Carol told Gazette Live: “We are delighted to be opening our first hobbit hole.
“This has given us the confidence to press on with our plans to create a magical setting for families where they can get back to nature and have fun, and which encourages children to start reading fairy tales and adventure books.
“Importantly, we’re also planning to expand our apprentice academy, giving young people opportunities to train in the tourism, horticulture, business and catering sectors.
“It’s also great to think that we’re helping re-connect the whole Lord of the Rings legacy with Britain, in-line with JRR Tolkien’s English roots.”
The family created the hobbit hole with the help of £15,000 of tourism-related funding from the North York Moors National Park Authority and Redcar and Cleveland Council, plus a start-up loan from Teesside charity Five Lamps.
Potts Corner holiday home is available to rent for £650 for three nights or £850 for seven nights for up to six people, at www.northshire.co.uk