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Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Fit For a Hobbit

In Pembrokeshire, Wales, the cutest, handmade houses have been popping up around the county. These wee homes, made of natural, locally sourced materials and scavenged bits from the surrounding countryside, embody low-impact living.

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What exactly does that mean? It means that the inhabitants who built these houses, like Simon and Jasmine Dale, grow and cultivate the vast majority of what they consume.

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The two have been living in their very own hobbit-sized house since 2003. And now, they’re helping others build similar homes in the Lamma community—the country’s first eco-village. Needless to say, the Bagginses would approve.


After building and living in the hobbit house, we left it for the woodland workers passing through this beautiful place.Being creative with what is available; minimising energy and pollution; and careful observation is our basic approach.

Only three generations ago most of us had ancestors living in the countryside and were skilled in woodwork, plants, craft, weaving and so on. Like many people, we wished to reclaim these ways and return to having a direct relationship to the land, do things for ourselves, enjoy a high standard of living and have fun.