If you’re a Tolkien fan with a secret desire to experience life in Middle Earth, now’s your chance: one company are crowdfunding to build “Podditon”, a realistic hobbit style holiday village in Suffolk.

Based in West Stow, the company already runs West Stow Pods, a glamping business near Thetford Forest. However its owner, Jan Lengyal, is hoping to raise £50,000 to build the UK’s first habitable village based on “The Shire”. The authentic “hobbit holes”, as they are known in the timeless Lord of the Rings trilogy, will be eco-efficient and sleep up to five people.

The sustainably built development will utilize natural building techniques and materials and, upon completion, will be carbon neutral or carbon positive. Lengyal isn’t the avid Tolkien fan you might expect; what really drew him to the project was the eco-friendly manner in which it was built. In an interview with teh Telegraph, he said: “I’m very conscious of people’s – and my own – carbon footprint, so if I can stop one family from flying to Benidorm, and instead holidaying in Britain, that’s my ultimate goal.”

However, for the project to get the go-ahead, it needs to be 100% funded through it Kickstarter campaign. Donations start at as litte £2, going up to £1,000 – where donors will be some of the first to spend five nights in the Poddit Hole, as well as getting a guided tour of the area’s nearby Anglo-Saxon village. The project has until 21st August at 3.14pm to achieve it’s £50,000 goal.

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