It’s not the adorable fairy houses, nor the fact this self-catering accommodation has been carved out of a hillside; it’s the attention to detail that makes this secluded getaway so impressive. Set in acres of private land in the broad Montana wilderness, you find yourself completely immersed in Tolkien’s world.
Every little detail is considered: the Gandalf frosted glass, the ring of power dangling from a beam, and your own hairy-footed Hobbit slippers. The trees are decorated like friendly Ents, there is a troll mining pit and many famous hobbits live locally. And of course, the Ring Wraiths are here to steal your soul – not really but do look out for the Bald Eagle that patrols the sky. The furnishings are all hand made, there is Internet and a plush media system.
Perhaps surprisingly, the resort is adults-only but this is in line with owner Steve Michaels’ wish to help people connect with their inner child in a quiet space. And he should know, he’s a qualified hypnotherapist and self-help author.