You may never be king of an actual castle, but you can be the lord of some Hobbit-style lodgings ... as long you’re prepared to move to
The Shire England.
Built into the side of a grassy knoll in the town of Huddersfield in 1975, the four-bedroom Underhill rests on about an acre of land and has served as the family home for British Earth Sheltering Association president Arthur Quarmby as long as it's been standing.
The 4,000-square-foot home’s nondescript front door opens to expose an interior design that’s centered around a family recreation area which includes a heated swimming pool, terrace, exposed stone work and York stone flooring.
While the home’s design is really more upper middle class than Middle Earth, most of it is underground, a fact that’s easy to forget given the amount of light that floods the house. (It does have a stone vaulted cave with a peat fireplace, though.)
In addition to a music room, guest bedroom, study and shower room, the property features landscaped gardens, an enclosed paddock, a detached double garage and a workshop for fixing appliances, putting together models or pounding dragon-piercing arrows into shape.
The home is on the market for approximately $92k and, if you’d rather try renting a Bilbo Baggins-style abode before you buy, we know just the place.