About 18 years ago, the first instalment of The Lord of the Rings was released. Kickstarting one of the most successful movie franchise of all time with a total of 6 movies. Thus, creating one of the world’s largest fan base. One of its huge fan even recreated The Shire in his farm. And it’s also accessible to the public!
Building a Hobbit Village in your backyard? If you think that it ain’t bloody brilliant, then so, you have chosen death!
The DIY halfling village is located within the premises of an agricultural property, Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm. The farm is sitting on the outskirts of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. You can get there either via personal vehicle (preferably 4wd) or by commute. The place is a 30-minutes to an hour away from the national highway.
Though the Hobbit House Bukidnon is inspired by one of the most peaceful places in the whole middle-earth. The journey there is like the path to Mordor’s Mt. Doom. The terrain will either be rocky or muddy depending on the weather and there are parts where the road is either incredibly inclined or a downward slope. It is advised to bring a replica of the one ring that rules them all to relive the whole magical experience.
All hardship will payoff once you get there as you are greeted at the gate by one by one of the most magical creatures, a husky! The entrance fee is only 50 Pesos and it already includes an access to the Hobbit Village, an educational tour around the 22-hectare property and its marvelous forest, a cup of fresh Kitanglad Coffee brew and a tutorial of how they make their own Citronella Oil. The kind pathfinder (tour guide) will also show you their farm animals.
You may go birdwatching in their forest as it is home to at least 51 different species of birds. But keep a keen eye because you might spot Treebeard and Gandalf’s gigantic bird friends.
The Hobbit House Bukidnon also has a camping ground for those who would like to stay the night and elevated decks that are perfect for a binukid meal with your friends or family. If you want to feel like Saruman on top of Isengard, you may try their bird’s nest inspired view deck which is on top of a tree. The view is truly jaw-dropping!
So, after your LOTR and The Hobbit binge watching session, stuff your bag with an Elvish rope, a few loaves of Elvish bread, an elvish blade, a mithril, the Light of Earindil, enough utensils for a six-meal-a-day trip and gather your fellowship. Embark on a magical journey and fly, you fools!
Big credits to Project Lupad for the amazing photos.