FAQ

How many people will the Shire accommodate?

We have a master bedroom with a king bed and a little hobbit room with a twin bed. The Shire will accommodate 3 people with $50 a night for the 3rd person.

Are there other features of the area of interest?

Mr. Michaels has a full art gallery with landscape and abstract art. They are also in the process of building THE CASTLE & Avalon on the 2 acre pond loaded with cutthroat trout. A boat is available to visit the structure.

Your terms specify “Adults only – No Children”. What age qualifies as an adult?

12 & over.

Why is there a two night minimum?

One of the biggest complaints from our guests is that there is just too much to see and do for an overnight adventure. Our guests have stated they wished they had more time to seek and find all the fairy houses; to just stroll the grounds admiring the intricate details from the Elven village to the Troll cave and still have time for a relaxing barbeque on the deck or dinner out on the town. One of the Shire’s grandest features is at twilight when this Hobbit abode comes to life with dazzling lights. Our guests uncork their complimentary bottle of wine, get a fire in the outdoor fire pit and wait in anticipation for the lights to come on. . A one night’s stay just does not afford our guests all that we have to offer!

We are the athletic type and like to do outdoorsy things – what have you got?

The entire Cabinet National Forest is right outside your doorstep. Kayakers also have a plethora of choices. Hikers and mountain bikers will be able to seek and find to their hearts content.

Can we smoke on the premises?

Only in your car or if you are on fire!

What about Hunting?

This part of Montana sports a lot of game such as elk, moose, bear and deer. These animals can be legally hunted in our national forest. Hunting in the Shire is strictly forbidden. If the Trolls see you with a rifle or even smell gun powder on you, you will be fair game… and let me remind you that they can take down an elk at 125 yards with a slingshot.

What about fishing – is there any good fishing up there?

Besides the hundreds of cutthroat trout located in the Pond Shire (which by the way are exclusively for the Hobbits and their brood) there is excellent bass fishing in the Clark Fork and Thompson River. In fact, there are bass fishing tournaments on a regular basis in Trout Creek.

We’ve been to other Guest Homes who say they have a fire place and end up with a little gas burner – Is your fireplace real?

Yes with real wood, real fire and everything. We even supply you with a sturdy pair of gloves for those with fair skin to load the stove. That along with fire starter… we even provide you with matches!

Do I have to worry that the underground structure will cave in since it is underground?

It is one of the safest places you could be in the world – kind of like a cave shaped egg. The company who supplied the actual blueprints and design for the cement home said that you could actually drive a caterpillar tractor over the dome and it would hold up using the egg shape for strength and durability. It is surprisingly light and airy and maintains a constant 55 – 60 degrees.

My husband snores. Is there somewhere else for him to sleep if it gets to loud?

The Shire does have two bedrooms so you can kick him out but remember that you are in a 1000 sq. ft. dome home that is underground so sound carries very easily. We also supply you with a white noise machine and earplugs for the robust snorer.

What should we bring to wear?

Montana definitely has 4 seasons and the evenings can get a little chilly even in the summer. It’s wise to pack with layers in mind.

I need to check in to my office every day via computer. Do you provide WiFi and cell service?

We do not have cell service here. But please enjoy our complimentary Wi-Fi service if your cell phone has Wi-Fi calling. The Network name and password will be provided.

Should we bring our camera?

Absolutely! With our 2 acre trout pond located at the bottom of the Shire, we have plenty of wildlife including our resident bald eagle named Baldwin. See our display of animals that have been photographed by our resident photographer, Steve Michaels which is located on this site under “Animals of the shire”.

Can I bring my CD’s to play?

Yes, a complete Sony CD player is provided with surround sound.

My Husband loves his TV – is that provided?

We have a complete HD-TV set-up with a 40” flat screen providing over 170 channels, many in HD. We also have a Blu-Ray player so you can watch your favorite movies whether Blu-Ray or not and we’ll even provide the popcorn. Many blu-ray movies are in our library including the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and of course all of the Hobbit movies.

Are you open year round?

We are open from May 1st through October 1st. Closed for the winter.

Where do we find something to eat?

The House at the Shire comes complete with a full kitchen including a barbeque on the deck. There is the Wayside Bar in Trout Creek for a great burger or chicken wings and a handful of restaurants and bars in Thompson Falls just a short 16 mile drive away. One we would highly recommend in Thompson Falls, especially for breakfast, is Minnie’s on Main Street. They will fill your plate and have excellent prices – make sure to order their special Home Fries with onions instead of Hash Browns… a real treat. For more elegant dining, drive on Hwy 200 past Paradise toward St. Regis and soak in the hot pools with a later dining experience at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort.

We understand you do not have cell service? What’s a person to do to communicate with the outside world?

We have a phone available for your use along with wi-fi for computer use.

What is there to do when we arrive in the backwoods of nowhere?

Check out our Events/Link Button for current events and things to do. Fresh air is in abundance and exercise is welcome. 

Why are there no pets allowed?

Our ranch is the home of many predators who treat dogs as a dangerous threat and may attack one if approached. We also have been visited by cougars & bears so this could be a dangerous area for your pet if it should wander off. We also have had guests with allergies to pet hair and want our “Enchanted Private Lodging” facility  to be available for everyone. Plus the Dwarves don’t like strange creatures roaming around their Shire.

Why are there so many different structures when you only have one as a guest house?

While we were completing the main dwelling, we found this 700 year old cedar stump with a roof and door up in Kalispell and decided to make it our Troll House. The word got out and all of the elementals including the Dwarfs, Trolls and Faeries started showing up and building mostly at night until we had an actual village. The Elves combined their efforts and made their own Elven village. There was some complaining from the Dwarves about having to go all the way down to the well for water so we had to build the River Shire for easier accessibility. The Sprites & Faeries are the ones who stated (in no uncertain terms) that only one human guest house would be allowed in their Shire at a time. 

What gave you the idea for the Shire?

We were building a small underground guest home for family and friends that would support easy heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. One day the contractor’s son mentioned that it looked just like a scene from the movie The Hobbit. From then on, all of our attention and energy has gone into making this a first class Whimsical Village.

Since this is such a whimsical place to visit, why don’t you allow children?

The building of the Shire with all of its intricate details was designed with the adult in mind. We spared no expense in bringing out the whimsical nature of the surroundings  in helping to bring out the “Inner Child” in all who visit. Our most common comment is how soothing, quiet and enchanting the Shire is with everyone stating that we left no detail out in the building of our little hamlet. Therefore, this was not intended to be a children’s playground but a playground for adults to let their imagination run free.