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Just 10 miles north of Asheville, you'll find the charming small town of Weaverville. Its population of just over 3000 may not seem like much, but it boasts an active and unique downtown area and many beautiful hikes on the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway.
The most unique thing about Weaverville is definitely HobbitHenge! Below are some details from the Airbnb page. I'm particularly interested in staying here, as my husband and I have plans to build our own solar powered earthship in the future.
It's a Hobbit house built into the hill, crafted by hand from materials all on the land. Though it's small, it feels spacious. The front pillars look like Stonehenge, hence the name HobbitHenge. It's nestled into a meadow in wild nature with an astonishing view, yet it's only 25 minutes from Asheville.
There are two other listings on the property.
There is no other house like this. Handcrafted out of clay and wood from the land, with jewels of stained glass and sculpture, it's the most grounding space I’ve ever felt. You're nestled into the land, but you can see the stars. It’s so quiet in there, it’s like being inside a snowdrift. It’s the ideal space for meditation and healing. Almost nothing came new from the store; it’s all local clay and wood. The view is amazing.
However, this isn't for everyone. When it's cold out, it's chilly inside. There is a gas heater which does ok, and you need to walk to the outhouse. Expect a long page of instructions to read and follow, for this adventure. It's RUSTIC -- a mud house with dust and spiders. The shower HAS ONLY COLD WATER AND MINIMAL PRIVACY! If you have high standards for cleanliness this may not be for you!
Many people ask about privacy, so please see the picture from above to get an idea how close the other structures are. The other two rentals are out of sight and earshot, over the hills.
The guests for the dome walk past the hobbit house to get to their dome, but they can't see in the window, and their rental is out of sight an hearing of this one.
That being said, if you love nature and funky Bohemian spaces, it's one of a kind. It’s so quiet, wild, and peaceful here. The mountain view is breathtaking, and it changes every moment. The cacophony of owls, nighthawks, coyotes! This cove is considered one of the most biodiverse regions in the country. The sunsets go on for hours, the stars are amazing.
There’s a wood stove, a gas heater, a desk, a loveseat and a queen bed in the loft. We now have screens on the door and windows, and battery fans, so you should be able to stay cool. There's solar power for the lights and outlets. There’s a beautiful kitchen very close by, which has electricity and stays dry but is not fully enclosed. It's an outdoor kitchen so it's not sparkling clean. There is a sink for you to wash, and outdoor shower -- cold water only.
If you want to sleep more than two, each person is an extra $10 a night and you must bring your own extra bed and bedding and a mat for the third person. Towels are not provided, but sheets and comforters are, and two pillows.
The beautiful kitchen, indoor/outdoor but dry with power and a place to sit, is a minute away. The cold shower is there too. The outhouse is a 2 minute walk away and shared with other guests.