Coffee Machine
Disabled Access
Dog Friendly
Hobbit Hideaway

Hobbit Hideaway

Dunbalen, Aberlour, Moray, Scotland
from £130
per Night
“Heavenly hideaway, a magical escape to Middle Earth in Scotland's stunning Speyside - a unique Hobbit Hideaway with turf roof and uber eco credentials sleeping up to 6 halflings or humans.”
Sleeps: 6    Bedrooms: 2
Coffee Machine
Disabled Access
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
No Smoking
Open Fire/Woodburner
Tumble Dryer
Washing Machine
Late AvailabilityA last-minute escape to a stress-free zone from 24th to 27th November with a 10% discount. Hobbit Hideaway has late availability due to lockdown cancellations. It is only available to those traveling in Scotland from areas designated as Tier 1 or 2.

Cool Features

  • We love the stunning grass roof with glass dome, perfect for moonlight and twinkling night skyscapes.
  • A Green Tourism Gold property and winner of "The Best Green Home" in the European Holiday Home Awards 2019.
  • Beautifully crafted eco-home for up to six human or Halflings, tucked in a tranquil valley at the foot of Ben Rinnes, Speyside.
  • Ethically sourced and cruelty-free soaps and cleaning produce.
  • Welcome gift for guests on arrival.
  • Uber eco -credentials, this property is hand built with straw bales, roundwood, stone and clay and blends naturally into the landscape.
  • Luxury bamboo mattresses for a blissful sleep.
  • Fully equipped kitchen with modern amenities.
  • Family bathroom with walk-in shower.
  • Feel free to pick herbs, fruit and vegetables from the garden.
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Cool Features
Good To Know

Good To Know

  • Firewood provided.
  • A Professional telescope is available to view the stunning dark skies at the Hobbit Hideaway.
  • Travel cot on request and the owners have a professional telescope for guests to enjoy the spectacular dark skies.
  • The nearest village is Aberlour, around five minutes away by car.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available if needed.
  • Laundry facilities for guest use (£5 for full lod wash and dried).
  • This is a completely natural, eco-friendly home, and full guidance by way of in-house manual is provided on using facilities.
  • The earthen floor acts like a storage heater, lovely and cool in summer and and stores heat in the winter, however some people may find it slightly cool underfoot and it is recmmended to bring cozy slippers or thick socks.
  • The property is compliant and committed to the WHO and the Scottish Government recommended cleaning regimes.
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  • The Aberlour Hotel in Aberlour is family and dog friendly, there is a varied menu serving fresh home cooked food using the finest local produce.
  • The Copper Dog at the Craigellachie Hotel offers sophisticated dining washed down with Speyside's best malt whisky.
  • The Dowans Hotel Bistro Spe, with venison from the local estate and chanterelles from local woodland offer 4 course tasting menus where you can experience fresh seasonal produce at its very best . they also have Bistro 57 and a whisky bar.
  • The Highlander Inn at Craigellachie offers good bar food and is open all year.
  • The Mash Tun, Aberlour where Mark and Nick are passionate about their Scottish contemporary cooking. A treasure trove of fantastic flavours.
  • Toots Cafe Bar & Bistro The Station Hotel, Rothes offers good grill options and bar meals open all year. To avoid disappointment it is recommended to call ahead and book a table, especially during peak season - (Taxis approx £10 each way.)
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  • Local activities include water sports, mountain climbing, fishing, and whisky tasting. Food can be ordered locally, along with in-house massages for a relaxing treat
  • Visit Moray's highest mountain Ben Rinnes, which you can access by foot (approx 4 hours) or take a walk to Linn Falls (approx. 1 hour).
  • Craigellachie bridge is of historic interest (10 min drive) also known as the Thomas Telford bridge, built between 1812 and 1814.
  • Known as the Whisky Line, the Keith and Dufftown Railway is a heritage railway, only 11 miles long and links Dufftown, the whisky capital to Keith a small market town.
  • Outlander fans will be excited to seek out the Clava Cairns approx. 1hr 30 drive to standing stones and cairns that you can access directly from the carpark or visit the famous battlefield grounds of Culloden.
  • Head East to Tomintoul and the neighbouring Aberdeenshire via the Cairngorms approx. 30 mins drive from Tomintoul (Scotland's highest village) and the Cairngorm Mountains.
  • Morayvia's Science and Technology Experience, which brings together a number of disciplines from aerospace and astronomy to technology and arts-related activities.
  • With over 50 whisky distilleries, outdoor activities, coastal walks with caves to explore and a huge range of kid-friendly activities nearby.
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Heavenly hideaway, a magical escape to Middle Earth in Scotland's stunning Speyside - a unique Hobbit Hideaway with turf roof and uber eco credentials sleeping up to 6 halflings or humans.

The Hobbit Hideaway

Seldom do we get the chance to experience a truly magical escape such as The Hobbit Hideaway. Sleeping up to six humans or halflings this uber-eco hideaway has been sensitively constructed using straw bales, round wood, stone, earth, and clay and insulated with totally recyclable materials such as materials as volcanic rock and recycled car windscreens.

Designed for total re-connection with yourself, the landscape, nature and each other; The Hobbit Hideaway has wonderful nooks and crannies including a hand-built cob snuggle seat right next to the wood burning stove to relax beside. We love the stunning roof dome window that lets the sun and moonbeams in and you can trace the milky way or catch a falling star while snuggled up inside, as there is no light pollution here. Heading out from the cosy living area is a double bedroom complete with a luxury bamboo mattress on the large bed. Two Hobbit styled comfortable bunks with privacy curtains and bamboo mattresses make this hobbit dwelling ideal for a family escape. Two futons convert beautifully from daytime seating to two comfortable sleeping spaces with a bamboo screen for privacy, which takes the occupancy up to 6 guests when required. A fully functional kitchen with beautiful wooden touches throughout and modern contemporary fittings, including fridge, stove, oven coffee maker etc. makes rustling up dinner a breeze.

The hideaway has a spacious bathroom with walk - in shower and plenty of storage. Guests can pick their own fresh and seasonal fruit & vegetables in the "Garden of Eat'n" and use spa-quality, ethically produced and cruelty-free soaps and cleaning products. The electricity is sourced from 100% renewables and the shire water is fresh and delicious, coming straight from an underground spring, which is also used in Scottish whisky production.

The Hobbit Hideaway has full composting & recycling facilities, reusable bottles, coffee cups and shopping bags and guests can even choose to participate in the Hideaway's "Live-Lightly Pledge " to help reduce their carbon footprint in their daily lives.The owners have a fascinating 12 minute documentary on their build process which guests can choose to watch while staying in your Hobbit Hideaway.

Five star activities

Local activities include water sports, mountain climbing, fishing, and whisky tasting. Guests can visit Moray's highest mountain Ben Rinnes, which you can access by foot approx. 4 hours from start to finish or take a walk to Linn Falls -  a magical place to walk to or stop for a picnic.

Take in Craigellachie bridge which is of historic interest also known as the Thomas Telford bridge, built between 1812 and 1814. Ballindalloch Castle is worth a visit and don't forget the grounds as well as the cafe, shop and play areas to explore. See round an authentic Scottish Wool mill at Knockjando Wood mill with a cafe, shop, heritage centre and beautiful grounds to explore. This place is even more special as in addition to being an internationally trading business; it's a social enterprise, meaning all profit is reinvested in the business.

Known as the Whisky Line, the Keith and Dufftown Railway is a heritage railway, only 11 miles long and links Dufftown, the whisky capital to Keith a small market town. Another social enterprise ran entirely by volunteers. Outlander fans will be excited to seek out Clava Cairns standing stones and Cairns that you can access directly from the car park. Further along the road you can visit the famous battlefield grounds of Culloden. Heading east across to Tomintoul and neighbouring Aberdeenshire via the Cairngorms is Tomintoul (Scotland's highest village) and the Cairngorm Mountains, a visitors firm favourite with spectacular wildlife, heritage trails, walking and cycle routes, skiing and so much more. Morayvia's Science and Technology Experience, is another high-class social enterprise, run by volunteers, which brings together a number of disciplines from aerospace and astronomy to technology and arts-related activities into a single visitor centre of excellence.

You can do a circular walk & climb in approx 4hrs, directly from Hobbit Hideaway, to Ben Rinnes, Moray's highest mountain. You can walk to Aberlour in around 1 hr and enjoy sights such a Lynn Falls or a walk along the River Spey. There's many spectacular walking and cycling routes both in Moray and at our neighbouring Cairngorms National Park, which is approximately 30 drive mins from us.  There's also winter and water sports in and around Aviemore, approx 50 min drive. For young hobbits there's Outdoor Adventures at Landmark and The Highland Wildlife Park - both are reachable within a one hour drive. There's several castles close by, Ballindalloch (15 min) is the closest, with Brodie and Cawdor around 30 min drive. Balmoral Castle is in neighbouring Aberdeenshire, a very popular destination and less than 2hr drive. The Moray Coast has many gorgeous beaches along its coast line from Findhorn to Cullen. There's surfing in Lossiemouth and boating in Cullen. Caves to explore at Burghead, BBQ , playpark and picnic site at Roseisle and Findhorn proudly has it's very own eco-village and quaint beach huts. There are plenty of great places to dine out from informal pub food and great coffee stops to formal dining with taster menus as well as delis and artisan shops. You can pick up fresh supplies found less than 10 minutes drive away at the local Co-op, Speyside Larder and local butcher.

With over 50 whisky distilleries, outdoor activities and coastal walks with caves to explore you would be forgiven for wishing you had booked to stay longer. The walking really is superb here with many cycle trails among beautiful wildlife where you can go fishing or head out on the water. Calm and relaxation are served up here in bucketfuls and the mood lighting in the Hideaway and careful attention to detail at every turn makes this a truly special experience you wont forget. Nature is here to be enjoyed from the babbling stream close by, gorgeous garden grounds and tranquil valley of the Ben Rinnes Mountain beside you. You can bliss out or simply slow down and enjoy a different rhythm of life.

Rates :

Minimum stays are 3 nights.

The property is compliant and committed to the WHO and the Scottish Government recommended cleaning regimes. The safety and enjoyment of our guest is a top priority. 

Charges are £150 for four people =to £190 for 6. Dogs recveive a welcome pack with a dog towel, clean bowls and a healthy packet of dog treats.

Discount structure :

7 nights 10%, 14 nights 15%,  21 nights 20%, 28 nights 25%reduction in prices.

Rental includes free firewood, fairtrade teas, coffees & hot chocolate, basic cooking essentials, ethically purchased cruelty-free soaps and a welcome treat for guests, including something extra for children and dogs.

The property has a travel cot and can cater for under 2 year olds however children smust be supervised at all times. The property is non smoking, thank you. Dogs are welcome but must be supervised at all times and kept off beds and furniture. Access for those with restricted mobility is possible along with step-free access and wide door frames. Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is 10am on date of departure.  

Guest Reviews:

"Had a lovely relaxing time at the Hobbit hideaway. The photos don't do the place justice!. So many little details around the building & location make up for a great place to stay. A great vision has been transformed into a physical form with this one. Keeping. So peaceful and in the heart of Morayshire. The moon roof in the centre of the building shining light on the dining area is a great feature! Also, the interior feels bigger than you may think with lots of different seating areas in such a small space! Already got people asking where it is! Thank you to our friendly hosts Kim and Mike for letting us stay if your hobbit hideaway! Definitely one of our favourites! " 

"I truly enjoyed my stay in this completely natural and unique home which is tucked into the Speyside whisky area. The beautiful landscape and thoughful details throughout the home provide a real sense of warmth and nourishment. Would describe Hobbit Hideaway as the perfect place to totally kickback and relax."

"We stayed at the Hobbit Hideaway holiday house and it was amazing!! My girlfriend and I were traveling to Scotland for the first time and the hobbit theme living setup was a cherry on top! The property is beautiful with a poly tunnel where we had our fill of homegrown strawberries. All accessible on foot are paths up the Ben Rinnes mountain, a beautiful path to the Linn Falls (waterfall!!), a pony walking activity called "Picnic with Ponies" and lastly, the Benrinnes Distillery. We ran out of time but there is also a castle ruin in cycling distance of this place and the hobbit hosts will let you borrow bikes . This place is amazing. If you want natural beauty, to meet lovely people, and experience a wonderful dose of magic take a holiday to Hobbit Hideaway."

"Kim and Mark! Thank you so much for creating the Hobbit Hideaway! It is truly an inspirational space, both in its creation and it's execution. We were so very charmed by all of your thoughtful touches and the amazing array of amenities and tools provided. The home is so eco-conscious in its construction and function and as such is an inspiration to living in harmony with the environment. It was truly a pleasure to be your guests!"

"We absolutely loved the Hobbit Hideaway! Every aspect of thought has been put into this home for a unique and very comfortable stay. The welcome basket and selection of kiddies toys and cutlery/crockery were great for our 2 year old! We had so much fun finding all the hidden faeries and exploring the property. Thanks for a great stay and being great hosts!"

"What a spectacular place. We came here as a family of 4 plus bump plus dog for my 40th birthday and it was just perfect. Kim met us to show us around and gave me a beautiful and thoughtful birthday gift which was so unexpected! The house is so unique and perfectly laid out with so many hidden treasures. I loved that there was no TV and a real sense of just being. We loved reading some of the books dotted about and the games. The fairy garden and lights is every kids dream, we cannot wait to come back. Thank you"

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