The Hobbit House is a unique guest resort in Trout Creek, Montana for those who love the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. Fans of Lord of the Rings can relax in a 1,000-square-foot guesthouse that is partially underground. The owners, Steve and Christine Michaels, spent about US$410,000 to build the Hobbit House and the entire miniature mystical Shire.
This beautiful country villa in Mallorca, Spain blends contemporary interior design with traditional rustic elements. Designed by Mestre Paco, the eclectic decorating uses simple contemporary flair to balance the natural stone walls. Wooden beams and wooden shutters enhance the rustic environment.
The Bavarian Chalets in Taos, New Mexico are contemporary alpine residences located halfway up Taos Mountain at an altitude of 10,200 feet. The rustic alpine chalets with contemporary elegance are sensitive to its environment. The interior design by award winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud is a blend of Bavarian influences and mining style cabins. Stainless steel fireplaces and industrial cabinetry are contemporary tributes to Taos’s mining past, while reproductions of 1950’s ski posters acknowledges the black-diamond ski trails.
Balancing Barn is situated by a small lake in the countryside near Thorington in Suffolk, England. The traditional barn shape modern country house cantilevers over a slope at midpoint. The rigid structure of the house makes it possible for 50% of it to balance in free space. Reflective metal sheeting covers the exterior. The highly ventilated and insulated house is warmed by a ground source heat pump resulting in a highly energy efficient building. The interior theme is dominated by timeless timber and a neutral palette.
The 2011 HGTV Dream Home is located in Stowe, Vermont with breathtaking mountain scenery. This rustic mountain-style lodge with modern architecture and interior design inspired by the colours of Vermont offers casual luxury at its best. The natural colour palette of the interior space bursts alive as one enters.
Built on a small hill surrounded by tall tress, this cottage in the rural area of Snegiri near Moscow, Russia is designed to fit the landscape. Architect Carlson & Co made the house part of the landscape by inserting it into the hill with terraces, maximizing its natural environment. Light stone and natural wood are used for the house itself to blend in with its surroundings.
This little weekend retreat in Napa County, California has all the coziness of a country house. The interior design by Jean Larette has an understated elegance that brings a touch of traditional sophistication to the country home.
This lovely country house overlooking the sea in Croatia has everything that one needs for a peaceful retreat. The interior design by Rees Roberts + Partners gives this rustic stone house a contemporary flair. Stone walls in all the rooms, including the bathroom, provide a cozy ambiance. The natural landscaping blends in beautifully with the environment making this the ultimate country escape.