Romantic, Private, Luxurious Cabin Getaway for Two
Guest Testimonials and Reviews / "Hobbit" House
A cozy, luxurious, awesome cabin for two. The two can be lovers, friends, family...it doesn't matter to us. We welcome all guests who want to be able to enjoy a luxurious getaway with tons of character and whimsy. One big bed, a power recline leather loveseat and reclining leather chair, and one gorgeous bathroom will allow you to be immersed in another world with your special someone.
We've organized comments and reviews to help you see what our guests have to say about their special stay.
—Kim and Bill | Mattoon, Il February 2017 ”
As I take up the staff of Mithrandir to leave a message, I muse upon the beauty of this land that has entirely assuaged the pain and exhaustion of my soul. With the swiftness of Shadowfax we left our home in Chicago to come for a weekend of calm and relaxation in the Shire. Though before now, I had no memory of this place. Now I leave with fondest times spent. We thank you so much for your meticulous attention to detail, delicious pastries, good wine, and welcoming atmosphere.
Dearest Ed and Nancy, we will not forget soon the beauty of this land, nor the delight we had in it. There may come a day, when the strength of men fails, but it is not this day! Thank you so much!
Maria and Taylor”
Thank you for the relaxing space in the Shire. What a beautiful, well crafted hobbit house to get away in! P.S. We were able to return the ring to the fires of Mordor successfully and fit in a trip to the winery and hike in Bell Springs and Giant City. It's December, for heaven's sake, and we hiked in mid 50 degree weather!. Clearly, Mordor is warming things up! Onge king to rule them all...
Th new house looks stunning. We forward to a return trip someday.
Greg and Kathy/Melan, Il”
The Hobbit has been Heaven on earth these past 2 days. Two words come to mind...Luxurious Simplicity. What a fabulous escape from the rat race that is our lives. The serenity and alone time was much needed. We have fallen in love with your little slice of Heaven!
Terry and Stephanie, Bloomington, Il”
This has been the most magnificent getaway we have ever had!!!
We have thoroughly enjoyed every little detail in the Hobbit House that made us feel like we were in the Shire - down to the corner points in the ceiling! Having the movie available made it so fun to match them all up. Even though it was white winter conditions and we were iced-in, we had the opportunity to really enjoy all the wonderful work that went into making this place so special and spectacular.
Thank you so much Ed and Nancy for all your creativity and modern comforts in the Hobbit house! We can't wait to come back! Thanks again!
Nikki and Richard, Palmersville, TN”
What an amazing place. Ed and Nancy have created an idyllic and remarkable likeness to Bilbo's home in the Shire. All the details are well thought out - from the lighting fixtures to this awesome pen I'm using modeled after Gandalf's staff. I have never wanted to steal a pen more. Alas, that would be denying future guests its whimsy!
Thank you, Ed and Nancy, for your hospitality! We'll be back!
Best wishes and Safe Travels!
Mike and Leslie, St. Charles, MO”
This has been a wonderful weekend and sad that it is time to leave :( Thank you for everything, from the farm fresh eggs to the cinnamon bread to the softest towels ever! We will definitely plan a trip back sometime.
Tammy and Kyle, Carlyle, Il”
As far as Christmas presents go, I think this one wins them all! My boyfriend had been saying for weeks I would be so excited about where we were staying and boy was he right! When we came down the hill and I saw we'd be staying in a hobbit hole for the weekend I almost cried (nerd alert :)
I've been a huge fan of Lord Of The Rings and the Hobbit for as long as I can remember and getting to actually stay in one for the weekend was literally a dream come true!
Ed and Nancy are fantastic - from the subtle yet amazing details in the Hobbit Hole, farm fresh eggs and pastries left for us and Ed's expert local advice on some great trails to waterfalls....What great hosts!
We had a great time hitting wine trail and going to all the local wineries, then coming back to relax with some wine by the fire and the hot tub!
Thanks for an amazing weekend we won't be forgetting.
As said by Tolkein "Not all who wander are lost".
Thanks for letting us wander around your amazing Hobbit Hole! We will definitely be back!
David and Casey/Missouri”
Thank you Ed and Nancy for creating such an amazing, beautiful romantic place for our first getaway! This place will always be a special place for us as Ted proposed to me the first night!
We will be back again and again!
Ted and Shelly/Belleville, Il”
What a wonderful place you have provided. It was a perfect weekend. Exactly the space that we needed and were looking for. You provided such unexpected and nice touches throughout. Ed, it was a pleasure to talk with you and thank you for all your ideas for hiking, even though limited due to deer hunting. :) We will definitely recommend to friends.
Simply beautiul and relaxing!
Linda and Paul, St. Louis, MO”
Thanks for everything. Hated to leave but we will return. Weather was perfect. Full moon, hot tub, fire pit - Life is good!
OMG! That white blanket is so soft!
The Brennans/St. Louis”
Thank you for such a great stay! We really enjoyed our vacation. We watched all three Lord of the Rings movies while we were here!
Brooke and Derek/St. Louis, Mo”
Thank you for the creative, luxurious accommodations! We love everything about the place. We appreciated the directions, the cookies, and all the details that made our getaway so special and effortless.
Your Hobbit House is our new favorite place to stay and we can't wait to return!
Todd and Angela/St. Louis, Mo”
Thanks so much for an amzing place to unplug.
Sean and I needed this staycation big time and this place was perfect. We both are super relaxed!
Stephanie and Sean/Grafton, IL”
This cute hobbit house is perfect! We love all the small touches of this book, the pen, the sconces and the pictures. We will definitely recommend this to our friends and family. Thank you so much!
"Where did you go to, if I may ask?" said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along. "To look ahead," said he. "And what brought you back in the nick of time?" "Looking behind," said he.
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit...
John and Sara/Edwardsville, Il”
We really enjoyed our stay. What a beautiful house with such wonderful details that made us feel we were staying in Bilbo's house! It was great to meet Ed and chat with him. What a nice guy! Thanks for accommodating Eli - he had a fun time here to. :) We certainly hope to come back.
Jen, Joe, and Eli, Lombard, Il”
My sister and I had a wonderful time in the Hobbit House! While a little chill, (certainly not your fault) we made use of the cozy factor and did a puzzle in front of the fire place and watched the Hobbit!
We visited several wineries (including our neighbor Blue Sky) and enjoyed them very much! Thank you for providing such a wonderful getaway! We've already recommended it to several friends!
Erin (Evansville, In) and Heather (Elmwood Park, Il)”
Thank you Ed and Nancy for yet another great stay. Everything in the Hobbit House is perfect!
We watched the movie and felt like we were a part of it!
Your attention to detail was amazing. We love it here. Brett's special birthday dessert was a great treat. Thank you again for everything. You know we'll be back!
Brett and Regina, Right down the road.”
Fulfilled all my LOTR dreams! ~
So glad my boyfriend let me plan this for his birthday. We will be back!
Rebekah and Ali/ Carbondale, Il”
Nancy and Ed, Thank you so much for the wonderful Hobbit retreat! Such a fabulous place. Everything you could want. The farm fresh eggs and the pastries were delightful. The birthday treat was a delightful and delicious surprise! Thanks again!
The Tavers/ St. Louis, MO”
We are so thrilled that we stayed here! Loved it so much we will be back for sure! This is such a magical place! :)
There is so much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it! We love Blue Sky Winery - is now a favorite and we can't wait to come back. We will tell EVERYONE we know about this place. Thank you for the best experience we've had in a long time!
Todd and Dawn.”
I wanted to surprise my husband for his birthday by staying here - as he is a big LOTR fan, and we were blown away.
Love the doorway, the curved walls, the lighting fixtures and the bed was so comfortable!! The flowers out front attract so many butterflies and we enjoyed the birds and saw many deer in the field! We felt so spoiled by the bathrobes and soft sheets and blankets and the chocolate covered "pear" was sinful!! We also felt at home because this house had everything you could ever want or need.
Our first day we went to Giant City Park - it was beatufiul, and when we retruned to the house we walked to Blue Sky Vineyard. Had a great time there and it was breathtaking! On the path way there we saw two little frogs. The second day we went ziplinging at Shawnee Blufff Tours - our first time ziplining and we got a discount for staying here :). Thanks Ed for the directions and telling us about the discount. We also went to Trail of Tears and The Great Boars of Fire for a great barbeque meal!! We will sure be telling everyone about our great stay here! Thanks so much.
Jeff and Patty/ Danville, Il”
First off Nancy, I need the recipe for those cookies! They were amazing! The pictures that I got on this trip were amazing! Every night I would walk into the living room and picture Gandalf walking through that door, hunkering down to get in! We both love the movies by the way!
We've been to several cabins around the area, but Aaron and I both agree that the Hobbit House is by far our favorite! You and Ed have out done yourselves with this cozy little spot and Aaron had the best birthday week EVER here! We ventured to our favorite winery three times during our stay and drank our fair share of wine, but mostly we enjoyed the stress free stay with the hot tub and fireplace! We CANNOT wait to come back! Thank you so much!
Aaron and Mandy Jo / Quincy, Il”
Thank you for a wonderful 2 night stay. Today is my husband's 50th and he enjoyed it by relaxing. This place is a piece of heaven and has so much character.
We will definitely be back and will share with our friends and family this cozy retreat.
Jim and Cyndi / Trenton, Il”
Thank you for such a wonderful birthday experience. Walking from Blue Sky through the field, then to look up the hill and see your lovely place at sunset...took my breath away.
Your attention to details of hospitality from robes (soft!) to coffee (fresh ground) and tea (Earl Grey) as well as the hot tub made for a very romantic and restorative getaway. Last but not least, I got to have chocolate cake (moist, delicious, awesome...yaddah! yaddah!) for breakfast!! Thank you very much!
Michelle and Michael / Edwardsville, Il”
Thank you Ed and Nancy! This place is wonderful! This was the perfect getaway for our 13 year wedding anniversary. Our wedding was Lord of the Rings themed with all of our music coming from the soundtrack. We will definitely be back.
Both nights we were here there was an eerie thick fog that descended on the valley and we wondered of the black riders would show up looking for Shire Baggins. Thanks again!
Adam and Melissa/Peoria, Il”
Finding this place was amazing. Having been to the area on a previous anniversary we were excited to return. Both of us being sci-fi and fantasy nerds, the idea of coming back and staying in a little fantastical Hobbit House sounded whimiscal and fun. Nothing prepared us for how incredibly awesome it is!
The attention to detail is phenomenal. The feeling of being in a magical place really made this 16th anniversary spectacular. The delicious pastries and the wonderful anniversary dessert that was here upon arrival along with the very sweet note from Ed and Nancy really made us feel welcome! We are already looking forward to coming back!!. Thank you for an unforgettable weekend!!
Jim and Lisa/Florissant, Mo”
Thank you so, so much Ed and Nancy. I cannot begin to tell you how important and rejuevenating our stay was. We desperately needed an escape. Not only was this the perfect weekend retreat, it was also the best way to spend our anniversary. We have been so impressed with the quality and cleanliness of the cabin. It is so warm and inviting.
The Hobbit House will forever be etched in our memory. We hope to come back often. Thanks again for a wonderful stay with an abundance of extra touches!
Jason and Michelle/Florissant, MO”
What an amazing place you have created! We love the Hobbit House! Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality. We loved the special anniversary desserts! And we got to stay in on the cozy couch to watch the Bears, even though they lost :( We really enjoyed our stay!
Larry and Tara, Mokena, Il”
Thank you for the wonderful stay! Jamie was very surprised! It was very hard to keep a secret, but I did and it was worth it to see his face! It was so enjoyable getting out and hiking at Panther's Den and Ferne Clyffe. We look forward to our next visit. Many thanks!
Jamie and Amber/Eldorado, Il”
Thank you Ed and Nancy for an unforgettable weekend! Mike was so excited to finally find out his anniversary surprise! He instantly looked up pictures and fell in love! From the moment we walked through the door, we were blown away! It is definitely a homey place and everything is well thought out. It is very much a "hobbit hole"
This was definitely the romantic getaway that we needed. Our 2nd anniversary is one to beat! I already told my mom about this place and we will be returning! Thank you again for the wonderful hospitality. We loved every second of our trip and we would love to stay forever! Unfortunately it's back to reality for us for now.
Chelsea and Michael/Granite City, IL”
Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful (much needed) getaway. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary today and you have helped to make it so special. The Hobbit House is AMAZING! We had never seen the Hobbit so thank you for leaving a copy. After watching it, we appreciated your craftsmanship and attentioin to detail even more! We will be telling our friends about this unique little cabin and its fabulous hosts.
Thank you again
Paul and Marcia/ Red Bud, Il”
Ed and Nancy, Thank you so much for our wonderful stay at the Hobbit House. This beautiful places transpired us directly to the Shire. Thanks you for the wonderful desserts for our annivesary and for all of your hospitality. We look forward to our next stay here.
Thanks so much!
Jared and Amanda/ Eldorado, Il”
Thank you so much for your hospitality. We really enjoyed the stay here. We especially loved the cupcakes! Also, all the amenities from the hot tub to the fireplace. This was a lovely anniversary for the both of us!
Very secluded and still comfortable and clean. Just what we were looking for! I am also a big fan of the Hobbit so the home was very fun! Thank you again and we hope to come back again in the future!
Liz and Mary Catherine/Cape Girardeau, MO”
“Love this. As a side note - the Hobbit House does have 9' ceilings throughout. :)
What an amazing place you have created! At 5'1" I think my dream now is to live in a Hobbit Hole - it is just perfect! My husband and I had a wonderful stay for our 11th wedding anniversary.
We loved the quiet, remote location and being able to just go wander about right from the front door. Yet we were close enough to such amazing wineries and had some terrific meals as well.
Thanks so much for all the special extra touches - the eggs and pastries were delicious and the chocolate anniversary treats were awesome! We hope to be back again soon!
Kim and Chris/Yorkville, Il”
We had a wonderful and relaxing stay celebrating our ten year anniversary! The Hobbit house was beatuiful, clean and so well done. The scenery is beautiful as well as the very short walk to Blue Sky Winery. We will be back and bringing the family next time (they can stay in the Creole House :). Thank you Ed and Nancy for the thoughtful and yummy chocolate desserts you left for us to celebrate our anniversary.
Brian and Sarah/”
This Hobbit Hole House is unbelievably amazing. The way it really transforms you into the world of Hobbits and The Shire, the extraordinary personal touches; this place is truly remarkable. My husband and I were blown away at how detailed and beautiful this place truly is. The pictures online do not do it justice.
We had a really great time and plan on coming back as soon as we can. Thank you so much for this vacation that will be remarked in our memories as one of the best times of our lives.
Ashlee and Ron/Lyons, Il”
Sometimes you just have to see it!
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Our 3 night stay in the Hobbit Hole was simply amazing and the perfect way to celebrate our 4 year anniversary and our 4th of July. The craftsmanship and scenery are stunning - it really felt like we were in the Shire. We even set the scene by listening to the LOTR soundtrack.
This is a trip we will never forget and are looking forward to coming back. Thank you for the hospitality and for creating such a magical place!!
Until next time, Kate and James/Downers Grove, Il”
OH MY GOD THIS WAS PERFECT!!! We are ready to move in. Let us know if you ever decide to sell!
From the moment we drove up we were immersed in the relaxing and inviting atmosphere. The house is beautifully maintained and all the little details are perfect.
Thank you so much for providing this amazing experience!
Amanda and Brian/Cape Girardeau, MO”
Wow. Wow. Wow. Each hour that passed here at the little Hobbit Home, we appreciated the finer details more and more. Ed and Nancy, you didn't miss a THING! From the farm fresh eggs to the pastries, to the 'sophisticated Ding Dongs', we were amazed.
We travel to many B and B's and think we found our new favorite. We were spellbound by the craftsmanship of the home. The butterflies entertained us each morning and the deer at evening. We took a stroll to Blue Sky for a light dinner night #1 and cooked out steaks and shrimp night #2.
Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thank you and God bless.
Jim and Cheryl / New Lenox, Il”
We LOVE this place! The design and furnishings are perfect!!!
We loved the trail through the woods to the winery and all of the wildlife. Deer, bunnies, little frog that was in the window every night. All of the details you put into this place. Loved the hot tub, the light portals and the bed is SO comfortable. Thank you for the homemade chocolate chip cookies and sweet treats in the fridge. Thanks so much!
Gavin and Patti / Champaign, Il”
I booked this house for my husband's and my 5 year anniversary. It definitely exceeded our expectations. Every time we looked around we noticed something new and different about the decor. We enjoyed a walk through the woods to Blue Sky Winery and many nights in the hot tub. By Monday morning we were definitely rejuvenated and relaxed. Sadly, it is time to leave the shire and return to the real world. Thank you for a wonderful experience and the yummy treats you provided.
Levi and Emily”
Thank you for making our 4th anniversary so enjoyable. The little details from the turnovers, fresh eggs we used for breakfast, and the chocolate peaks were absolutely wonderful! After a Saturday out exploring we couldn't help but watch the Hobbit in the Hobbit House. It was a very neat experience to be watching the movie and seeing the huge round door right next to the T.V.
It's Sunday now and we're off to see the Little Grand Canyon and our trip back home. We certainly hope to return again for another stay and see the new Hobbit House.
Drue and Beth / Belleville, Il”
This trip exceeded our expectations. Your hospitality is unmatched and we enjoyed all the treats; my husband especially liked the eggs. we enjoyed our 7th anniversary roaming beautiful southern Illinois and tasting what it had to offer. Our favorites were the sangria at Honker Hill (it really is the best on the trail) and our beer flight at Abbey Ridge. The food there looked amazing, but we were not hungry at the time.
Thank you for building such a fun and relaxing getaway. We enjoyed the hot tub on cool nights and the loveseat to snuggle and watch movies. I love the white plush blanket! So cozy! We are looking forward to seeing the finished "Hobbit Hole". .
Josh and Amanda / Benton, Il”
We couldn't be more relaxed with our stay here. Such an Amazing Place. My husband searched online for a place to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and after talking to Ed he was certain this was the place. This was a special surprise and I'm glad Kevin has such great taste. With 3 kids running in all directions this getaway was more than worth it. Abbey Ridge was our favorite place to dine. The service was outstanding along with the food. The trail to Blue Sky is beautiful. I hope to come down again next year..
Kevin and Aimee / Freeburg, Il”
Wanted to do something special for my husband on our anniversary. Heard about this place from a friend and knew it would be perfect. He's a huge LOTR fan! He loved it!
Hiked Garden of the Gods which was breathtaking. Had breakfast at Mary Loui's, yummy. Arnold's Market had the best steaks for grilling. Thanks so much Ed and Nancy!
Randi and Shawn/Decator, Il”
My husband and I came here for a relaxing one year anniversary and it was definitely that! The Hobbit House had very many great details and touches to it. The surrounding area is beautiful and we wanted to take the awesome love seat home with us! We had a great time at Giant City State Park hiking the nature trail (which was beautiful) and Stone Fort Trail. The fireplace kept us warm on a rainy day and we enjoyed the fully equipped kitchen.
Thank you so much for the enjoyable stay!
Thomas and Jennifer/Harrison, Oh”
This is our second weekend getaway here from the Creole House to this amazing Hobbit Cove. We've experienced "perfect" twice. I know that when we leave, we will be already planning our return. We experienced pure enjoyment and appreciated every minute until it was time to get back to "reality" :) Thank'you for the eggs and the turnovers - Always a remembered touch. Our trip to the Blue Sky Vineyard was, of course, fantastic. Thank you Ed and Nancy fo ranother spectacular weekend. See you soon
Don and Christine/New Lenox, Il”
We stayed here for our 23rd annivesary and it couldn't have been more perfect! A winery on one side and beautifully mysterious Panther's Den on the other side.
Thanks so much for all the little touches and the mounds of yummies left in the fridge. We love the Hobbit House and of course southern Illinois! Jennifer and Mike/Sullivan, Il”
We came to the Hobbit House for a relaxing stress relief 1st year anniversary to celebrate many more to come.
Thhis place is amazing. Never left the Shire or the hot tub. This place had everything.
Thank you Nancy and Ed for the hospitality. The apple turnovers and country eggs were superb. P.S. to whoever is reading. Make sure when in the hot tub, keep an eye on the field. Saw many creatures and nature. Whole family of deer. Beautiful! Peace and Prayers.
Jamie and Patrick/Waterloo, Il”
Dan and I can't thank you enough for making our little get away so enjoyable. We had a fun afternoon touring along the wine trail and then to end up here...wow!
We are in love with this place. Very nice, hospitable and clean. We love the personal touches! It's a great location! We enjoyed our time at Blue Sky and meeting you two and talking with the owner.
Overall, perfect! Enjoy the holiday season and looking forward to a return trip. Dan and Kim / Ingraham, Il”
Well the time has come to do what we've been dreading all weekend - leave the shire
My husband has been a huge LOTR fan since he was a kid and when I found this place on Pinterest I just knew it would be the perfect getaway for our 1st anniversary. While I couldn't enjoy the hot tub due to having a "little hobbit" on the way, we enjoyed relaxing on this wonderful love seat by the fire, drinking hot cocoa by the camp fire, and enjoying all of the fine details that make this place feel like Middle Earth.
Thank you Ed and Nancy, for this wonderful weekend getaway. We loved the eggs and baked treats! By the way, my husband brought some of his LOTR memorabilia for some pictures that we would love to share! We would love to come back some day.
Adam and Ruby / Danville, Il”
We had the best time of all vacations!. Thank you so much for all of the personal touches. We loved the house, the recommendations, and the whole experience of southern Illinois. We honestly intend to return. You have created not only a beautiful place but are now permanently part of our memories of our second anniversary.
David and Jeannie/ Grand Haven, MI”
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and we couldn't have chosen a better place. The cabin is wonderful. Very true to The Hobbit form. Quaint, cute, but still very luxurious. The sights are phenomenal! Looking outside in the morning with a hot cup of coffee (made with the provided gourmet coffee beans) was breathtaking. Everything was clean and tidy upon arrival. And they thought of everything! Cooking utensils, plates, cups, silverware, wine glasses, pots and pans, serving dishes, even grill utensils! There was even lotions and soaps in the bathroom! You could really get away with bringing yourself and a little bit of food if you wanted. And we can't forget about the hot tub! We sat in the hot tub under the covered pergola and watched the snow come down outside. Simply amazing. A scenic private path to Blue Sky Vineyard was a cherry on top of everything. The cabin provides seclusion or it's just 20 minutes away from Carbondale if you want to get out. The Hobbit House is cozy, charming, relaxing, and over all excellent! And the owners make your feel right at home from the get go. We will definitely be back! !
Jeremy and Kendra/Okawville, Il”
We had a absolutely wonderful time at the hobbit house! Ed and Nancy were such great hosts! We were truly blessed to find such a perfect place for our honeymoon. We loved all the little details from the farm fresh eggs to the little touches in the bathroom! Ed and Nancy were also very accommodating to our situation of getting to the area around 3AM because of our train ride in. It's a very intimate area and so breathtaking! We also loved that there were plenty of things to do in the area, wineries, breweries, nature trails, and many more! We honestly can not wait to go back because we had such a wonderful time!
Betsy and TJ/Baton Rouge, LA”
Tim and I were BLOWN AWAY from the second we drove up to the house! Everything was perfect down to the last detail. We couldn't have imagined a better place to spend our honeymoon! Thank you so much for the turnovers, eggs, and the bottle of wine! There were way too many great and wonderful things about this place to list. Thank you for everything!
Laura and Tim | October 2016 | Delwein, IA ”
Thank you so much for letting us stay in your Hobbit Hole. We could not have picked a better place for our wedding weekend. Our wedding party joined us here for pictures on our wedding day. We will cherish the pictures and the memories in this wonderful Hobbit House.
Your card and added thoughtfulness meant so much on our special weekend. Thank you for creating this beautiful and unique hobbit House.
Jason and Megan/Naperville/Ill”
I cannot even begin to express how truly magical this stay has been. Bryan and I were just married and decided to honeymoon where we live. We could not have made a better choice. We are both LOTR nerds, so much that our tradition every year the day after Christmas we cozy up and watch the entire trilogy. It was so neat to cozy up to the fireplace and watch the Hobbit in our temporary Hobbit home. You have created an oasis that is one of the most relaxing places we have ever been to. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for creating a space where the memories we created will last a lifetime. We will be back!!
Erica and Brian - the Newlyweds :)”
This was an amazing trip. Better than we could have ever expected. Couldn't describe how great it was to turn on the TV and see Battle of the Five Armies on while I drink my coffee. This place was magical. Plus, we got engaged!!
We plan on being back. Love this place.
Drew and Ashley/Highland, Il”
This house is so wonderful. I am so glad we were able to stay for a couple of nights at this magical place.
Pulling up to and walking into the Hobbit House was a mystical experience. The scenery and the wooded trail are PERFECT! In addition to the exterior, the interior of this amazing place is just beautiful. Great decor and other detail. As soon as we got settled we looked out the window to see a hummingbird taking advantage of your beautifully landscaped plants.
This was a wonderful place for us to get away for a couple of days while we contiue to save for our honeymoon! You two are great and your properties never disappoint!
Newlyweds as of 9/5/15, Amanda and Matt/Pontiac, Il”
Thank you so much for creating such a unique and beautiful retreat. Even for those unfamiliar with the Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings, the craftsmanship and attention to detail was astounding
We had a memorable getaway relaxing, visiting Blue Sky Winery, Ziplining, and getting engaged!!! Thank you for being a part of our love story.
Rich and Kelly/Bloomingdale, Il”
We stayed for our honeymoon! This was a great and relaxing trip! We mostly stayed in, enjoying the house and each other.
Thank you Ed and Nancy for only being a phone call away and of course, than you for the goodies that were waiting on us when we arrived. That was such a welcoming suprise!
Kaleb and Kirsten/La Place, Il”
This place is amazing, the pictures online don't even compare to how lovely this place is.
Thank you for letting us spend our first couple of nights here as husband and wife. From the hot tub, firepit, Blue Sky and the Hobbit DVD, we truly enjoyed everything this cabin has to offer - and we will definitely be back to enjoy it again sometime soon. Have a wonderful holiday season and happy new year.
Jessica and Paul Prospect Heights, Il”
This was an amazing "journey" with our stay here at the Hobbit House for a honeymoon. We had no idea what a perfect honeymoon could have been until we experienced the "Shawnee Hills Shire" this past week.
The Scenery, the house itself, the area wine trail, and much more were such a beautiful and romantic setting. Waking up every morning and being able to sit out front with a cup of tea or coffee and watching the butterflies in the walkway garden was awesome, but allowed us to share together and bond even more as a couple. We appreciate that you have given us an experience as wonderful as this to start off our blessed marriage, but most importantly a lifetime of a beautiful memory. You have truly blessed us in our marriage. Thanks so much!
Thomas and Tamitha| Hannibal, MO”
Ed and Nancy, what you have here is truly something special and we are so appreciative that you have chosen to share this little patch of heaven with us and all of the world.
Ed - the construction and woodwork in this house is beyond words. Nancy - your special touches made this truly feel like home. Justin could not have picked a better place to honeymoon at.
We have always been incredibly close as a couple, but this has allowed us to get back to our roots, ignore the hustle and bustle of our city life, and reflect on our love and the many blissful years to come as husband and wife. I am sure we will see you again on this crazy journey we call life. You have touched our lives with your home and hospitality in ways we cannot express.
Justin and Meghan/Chicago, Il / 9/5/16”
We must say that this is one of the most cozy and comfortable spots we have ever stayed. We are definitely looking forward to our next trip here and for a much longer stay. Thanks for all the special treats and touches.
Jim and Gail, Desoto, MO”
Sooo amazing that we booked another stay for the end of July while sitting in front of the fire!! What an awesome place you have here, Nancy and Ed! Thank you!
Dr. Brad and Karen”
Thank you so much for a wonderful and relaxing getaway! We have 2 young kids and are in the area visiting family. It was nice to getaway for a few night to enjoy being with one another and getting away from the crazy busy life.
We loved every detail of this Hobbit House.
Ben and Chisti/Colorado”
We love your Hobbit House. It is amazing and we had a very relaxing time. Even though it was VERY rainy, we really enjoyed just hanging out here and getting away for a few days. Thanks for everything!
Fred and Laura”
Such a beautiful home you have here. We fully relaxed from the minute we unloaded the car! The pictures online don't do it justice. We want to come back during all 4 seasons now. We had never spent any time in southern Illinois and we were very surprised at how much we enjoyed ourselves.
We loved ending our days in the hot tub each night watching the deer come out of the forest. We will be back. Thank you for your hospitality.
Ernest and Jill/ Hoffman Estates, Il”
Thank you for a wonderful stay Ed and Nancy. It was amazing. We had such a wonderful time and we definitely will be back and hope to stay in the next Hobbit House. We love the hot tub and we saw a lot of deer crossing the bean field and we also saw the kitty cat. Thank you for everything you did and hope to be back very soon.
Andy and Angie/ Jacksonville, Il”
I write with a heavy heart as sadly, our time here in the shire has come to an end.
We found so much to do here and in the surrounding areas - hiking, making s'mores over the campfire and walking to Blue Sky from the comfort of the backyard! Two days was simply not enough. We enjoyed seeing a memorial Dungeons and Dragons themed park, the Bald Knob Cross, and Little Grand Canyon, among other things.
On a rainy night we played a card game inside and spent a bit of time in the hot tub around midnight when the rain subsided.
Thank you for inviting us into the world of Tolkien with your unique, yet self-sufficient house. We will certainly be back!
Heather and Casey/ Carol Stream, Il”
“For those curious about Hobbit Kitty.; A beautiful, skittish, very young stray who had been living in the woods made the Hobbit her hang out. Our lovely guests were very helpful in making sure her bowls were filled with food and water (the opossums and raccoons were happy too!). Our hope to catch her to get her spayed were unsuccessful and she became pregnant. After help from many people, we were finally able to get her. We are now fostering her and her four beautiful kittens until they go to their new home, together! We have named her Tauriel - Daughter of the Forest. Thank you to all our guests in helping out with "Hobbit Kitty".
We have looked forward to this trip for months, but when we arrived we were blown away.
The Hobbit house was such an amazing experience. It's perfect! We spent hours in the hot tub soaking up the wildlife and beautiful scenery. We were able to relax here, something we don't do often enough anymore.
Nancy - I feel like you are my long lost friend. So easy to talk to and so personable. Thank you for your hospitality. We cannot wait to return. Nowhere else in southern Il that we would stay. Loved being greeted every morning by "Hobbit Kitty". Praying for her health, safety, and new babies. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
P.S. If you are staying here, take the Shawnee Shuttle tour with Jillian!
Erik and Cara/ Lincoln, Il”
"Warm hearth, good food, and all the comforts of home..." Bilbo
This place certainly meets the criteria for a hobbit hole! Thanks for a fun, cozy and relaxing stay (and for the treats!) We hope to return again
Kent and Kristin/Chicago, Il”
Checklist for the Hobbit House.
√ Delightful atmosphere
√ Nearby wine
√ Blood moon night
Not Checked - Ready to leave.
Hope to be back soon!
Mike and Nancy/Springfield, Il”
We were here in May for the 1st time. Had to come stay for another relaxing vacation. Went to the winery for the 1st time. Absolutely beautiful! The wine was great! Each time we come to the Hobbit it is like home away from home.
Great accommodations and the hot tub sets the mood!! :) Can't wait to check out the new hut they are building. We will difinitely be back for more. Awesome little Get Away!! Thanks again Ed and Nancy for a memorable stay.
Kim and J.R./Red Bud, Il”
We had anticipated a beautiful place and a well stocked little home, but nothing really prepared us for what we found!
The Hobbit House was so perfect for a relaxing break from our daily routine. Thank you so much for everything and for anticipating the wants of your guests. We will return.
Marcia and Jim”
Thanksgiving weekend at the Hobbit House. Best Thanksgiving ever! Beautiful day, hike in Panther's Den, back to the house for a fire, relaxed in the hot tub, and filet on the grill for dinner. Then cozy up on the couch for the night next to the fire.
Jennifer and Matthew/Tinley Park, Il”
Thanksgiving weekend at the Hobbit House. Best Thanksgiving ever! Beautiful day, hike in Panther's Den, back to the house for a fire, relaxed in the hot tub, and filet on the grill for dinner. Then cozy up on the couch for the night next to the fire.
Jennifer and Matthew/Tinley Park, Il”
Thank you so much for all your work and creativity in making the Hobbit House come to life! My husband and I came for a relaxing pre-holiday getaway and Hobbit comforts did not disappoint! We are heading home to our two little ones (5yrs and 7yrs) rested and rejuvenated and ready to take on the busy holidays. Warm wishes for a merry Christmas and beautiful New Year!
Chet and Jessie / Effingham, Il”
The time has come to do what we've been dreading all weekend - leave the Shire. My husband has been a huge LOTR fan since he was a kid and when I found this place on Pinterest I just knew it would be the perfect getaway for our 1st anniversary. While I couldn't enjoy the hot tub due to having a "little hobbit" on the way, we enjoyed relaxing on this wonderful love seat by the fire, drinking hot cocoa by the camp fire, and enjoying all of the fine details that make this place feel like Middle Earth. Thank you Ed and Nancy for this wonderful weekend getaway. We loved the eggs and baked treats! By the way, my husband brought some of his LOTR memorabilia for some pictures that we would love to share! We would love to come back some day.
Adam and Ruby Morrison / Danville, Il”
From a simple internet search to a much needed enchanting stay at the magical Hobbit house. Many thanks to Ed and Nancy for having the dream and vision to create something so extraordinary...if you build it, they will come. Your personal touches and welcoming hospitality just made everything perfect...the sweet smell of the peonies was so much like home. Thanks again fo rshowing your beautiful vision.
Lynn and Amy / Lincoln, Il”
Thank you for creating a place that we "grown ups" get to go to and play for the weekend! The house exceeded our expectations and we are very grateful for the "southern hospitality"! Our first trip to the wine trails and likely a new tradition here at the hobbit house. We are so glad you, like us, are CUBS fans and we kicked off the second round of the playoffs! Many new memories made and lots to cherish! Go Cubs!
Manda and Bobby / Mahomet, Il | October 2016”
What a wonderful way to relax and find peace. The coyotes sang to us every night. We found magic in every spot. Loved watching the hummingbirds come out in the early afternoon and the butterflies the rest of the time. We really felt like we were in the Shire. What a great getaway. You guys have out done yourselves. We will definitely be back. Just absolutely beautiful!!
Jax and Karin / Peoria, Il | September 2016”