Meet The 90-Year-Old Woodcutter Who Built His Own Hobbit House

February 13, 2023

A woodcutter in Scotland built his own Hobbit House despite never watching a Lord of the Rings film.

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Great-grandad Stuart Grant, 89, moved into the cottage he bought as a wreck with no roof and no doors in 1984.

But he found it so satisfying doing work on the quirky outbuilding which dated back 200 years, that he decided to make it his home.

He has been inundated with visitors to his home in Tomich, near Inverness, after his house was posted on a French tourist board's recommendations for north Scotland - with visitors comparing it to the hobbit homes from Lord of the Rings.


"I haven't watched Lord of the Rings," Stuart confessed.

"It's just a coincidence that my front door is almost the same shape and same kind of wood, oak. I said 'why are all these French people coming?', they said 'there's a tourist board telling people one of the things to do in the north of Scotland is visit the Hobbit House'."

Stuart doesn't have a mobile phone or use the internet and no longer drives due to his age, but he loves meeting people.

real life hobbit house
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Stuart said he cut all of the wood himself from fallen trees and collected stones from the river for the stonework.

"I'll be 90 in less than two weeks but I feel like a teenager," he said. "You get a real buzz out of doing interesting stuff."

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