The Hobbit House aka Colins Barn
The Hobbit House aka Colin’s Barn was built by a sheep farmer who needed a place to store hay. He got a bit carried away and built this elaborate stone structure.
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In 1989 a sheep farmer called Colin Stokes set out to build a barn as he needed a place to store his hay. A basic rectangular structure was to be built using stone which was readily available on his land. Colin says he “got a bit carried away” and 11 years later he finished building an elaborate structure using dry stone walling techniques. The Hobbit’s House he had created was complete with ornate details, turrets and even stained glass windows that were crafted by hand.
Colin would sleep in the house during lambing season, and the section called the hermitage certainly looks cosy enough to live in. Nestled away in the countryside of Wiltshire, the house would have been a peaceful place until a quarry opened on the adjacent land. Colin sold up and moved away to Scotland, leaving behind the legal battle with the local council over planning permission.
This looked like such a fascinating place with a great story behind it, so I made the decision to make the long drive and have a look. Some of the details were amazing, it was clear to see a lot of effort had gone into this building. Such a charming place.