The 18 Coolest Earth Homes You Can Rent on Airbnb

This is the closest you’ll ever get to living like a Hobbit.

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It’s a little harder to describe an earth house than one may think, so we’ll go for the most obvious explanation first. An earth house is basically a Hobbit house, which you can probably imagine even if you never got into J.R.R. Tolkien. But just in case you’ve somehow gone through life without ever reading his books or seeing the movies, they can also be described as homes built with soil (or other natural or recycled materials) against the walls or roof—or, in some cases, homes that are buried entirely underground.

These houses don’t exist just because they look super cool (they’re usually very futuristic or completely old world), but because they are a sustainable way to build and live. But yeah...they also look super cool. And to be clear, not every earth house is a “Hobbit home,” but every “Hobbit home” is an earth home. Or something like that.

Regardless of the logistics, several things are guaranteed when settling into an earth house for a night: They’re quirky, usually with lots of surprising details. They tend to be mostly off-the-grid and often hidden at first glance. They have endless amounts of charm. And, well, they’re earth houses, which are probably unlike any place you’re used to sleeping in (although they may soon be just what we need to survive climate change).

Want to experience one for yourself? We found 18 of the coolest earth houses on Airbnb across the United States where anyone can stay overnight. So whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an unusual experience for a group, these earth-sheltered homes are guaranteed to be out of (or under?) this world.

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2 guests/$400 per night

 

You might have a hard time spotting the roofline of this charming home tucked into the mountainside, but once you make the short trek up the hill and through the vine-covered gate, you’ll feel like you’ve transformed into a Tolkien character. Climb through the circular green door to discover a stone fireplace, comfortable bed with a view you’ll take a million pictures of, bathtub for two, and lots of other incredible details that will make you squeal with delight. As the day winds down, sit in the rocking chairs on the porch to watch the sunset before retreating inside for a game of chess played on a board built into a tree stump table. (Oh, and keep an eye out for unique and unexpected “Easter eggs” throughout.)

 

What guests say: “We loved staying at the Hobbit Inn! So many tiny details made the place perfect and super unique. The view out of the front door is incredible. It was unlike anything we've ever done and we'll always remember it and hopefully will make it back one day!”

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2 guests/$245 per night

 

This wonderfully whimsical Earthship is built into the mountains above Taos and offers endless views from the south-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as the railing-free deck that floats about the valley floor. While it’s off-the-grid in that it’s very remote and uses solar power, it still has creature comforts like Netflix and high-speed internet. There’s also a wood-burning stove and a wood-burning fireplace, an abundance of plants and greenery, lots of fun, and quirky details to discover—and, if you don’t have 4WD or AWD on your car, a ten-minute hike up the very steep mountain with all of your luggage.

 

What guests stay: “Once you see the views, the only place you’ll want to go is a hike further up the mountain. Truly an experience like no other.”

Light-filled hut on a cliff
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Johnson City, Tennessee

2 guests/$220 per night

 

Two connected grass-covered domes on a hillside make up this romantic getaway with a mix of rustic and modern details throughout. Take a soak in the outdoor tub and then kick back next to the outdoor fire pit overlooking the waterfall and rock quarry pond. Unlike many earth homes, this interior is open and filled with natural light, so even those not that into confined spaces will be comfortable. If you want to go out and explore, there are hiking trails nearby, and shops and restaurants are just a short drive away.

 

What guests say: “Wow! Such a cool experience! We had a wonderful romantic getaway and are still in awe of the amazing architecture and beautiful location. The view from the house is unbelievable, and the grounds around the house are equally beautiful.”

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12 guests/$314 per night

 

This three-dome earth house tucked beneath a grassy knoll in the foothills of Montana’s Elkhorn Mountains is very much a “Hobbit home,” but it also has four full-sized sleeping nooks, as well as a secret (!!!) bedroom you enter through a tree trunk. There’s a trail right behind the home that takes you to a nearby creek, and at night, your group can enjoy meals at the outdoor dining table before gathering around the fire pit.

 

What guests say: “This is a very special place to stay. Getting to sleep in a cubby in a wall and shower in a tree trunk are memories that will stay with me forever. If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience, stay here!”

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4 guests/$761 per night

 

It’s hard to find words to describe this swanky, modern home built by Robert Stone. The angles are sharp. It’s completely surrounded by steel glass. There’s gold-coated glass, 900 gold-painted iron roses, 1,200 mirrored tiles, and a concrete screen with a heart-shaped cutout. It’s sleek and decadent and simple, but also incredibly complicated. See? We told you it was hard! Here’s what else you should know: Nearly 80 percent of the home can be opened to the outdoors, and it has an outdoor jacuzzi, a sunken back patio with a fire pit and grill, and a stereo system that plays throughout the house. Really though, it’s just one of those places that need to be experienced to be understood.

 

What guests say: “The place takes you into a different world. We loved the openness and all the gorgeous, golden details! At night, the world outside melts away as the glass windows become reflective. But then, during the day, we could experience up close some wildlife such as a roadrunner and a jackrabbit; they would come right up to the windows and couldn't see you standing right in front of them!”

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2 guests/$345 per night

 

You know who didn’t have electricity? Hobbits. Sure, they were the most technologically advanced society in Middle Earth, but if you want to truly live as they did, you’re going to have to swap lightbulbs for candles and heaters for a wood-burning fireplace. Which is exactly what you’ll get at this Hobbit house with natural rock walls, wood beam ceilings, and the iconic round door. Good news though: There IS running water and you’ll be provided with a cooler to keep your perishables cold. Outside you’ll also find a propane BBQ grill, an outdoor shower (with hot water), a flush toilet (the luxury!), and a fire pit. Don’t forget to bring a camping chair to set up on the roof for stargazing. 

 

What guests say: “Visiting this Airbnb exceeded all our expectations. 10/10 for creativity, magic, cleanliness, attention to detail, and so much more. Everything was in excellent working order, the bed was comfortable, the shower was great and warm, and it was just spectacular.”

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8 guests/$385 per night

 

If you like the idea of an earth home, but don’t love the idea of actually getting down and dirty with the earth, this modern masterpiece is the place for you. Full of natural life, the sleek 2,500-square-foot home has a fully equipped kitchen, flatscreen TV, Wi-Fi, electric fireplace, and high-end finishes. And that’s just the inside. Outside, there’s a spacious yard with a fire pit, patio, dining table, grill, lawn games, and a garden. Plus, commenters rave about the special touches like wine and local chocolates.

 

What guests say: “James Bond would stay here if he came to Springfield. It was perfectly clean and so many nice special touches (original architectural drawings, design books, firewood, wine, coffee, and local chocolates) made this an extremely special place. The bed was so comfortable. I would give this 6 stars if I could but 5 will have to do on the Airbnb scale. We'll be back!”

Stylish “Hobbit Knoll” surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains
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4 guests/$364 per night

 

Ninety percent of this home is built into the earth, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get all the views and amenities needed for a relaxing getaway. Located on eight acres (there are five treehouses also on the property), this home looks out at the mountains and has locally crafted round doors, a large living area with a gas fireplace, and an outdoor area perfect for relaxing around the fire as you watch the sun dip below the mountain peaks. And if for some reason you get bored of spending time in heaven, downtown Asheville is only 10 minutes away.

 

What guests say: “We stayed at the Hobbit Knoll and absolutely loved every second of it! The views and the property are so beautiful, and the pictures truly don’t do it justice! It was a magical experience from the moment we arrived at our little hobbit home.”

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2 guests/$75 per night

 

Go off-the-grid without going too off-the-grid at this cozy cabin in upstate New York. Though you won’t find Wi-Fi or a flushing toilet, you actually will have access to electricity—the house is lit with an Edison light and electric flame lantern, and is heated in the winter by an electric fireplace. (There’s also a fire pit outside for bonfires and cookouts.) Take in the smell of pine cones and fresh air, and if you start to notice that you’re a little stinky, don’t sweat it. The owners live in a house on the property and will let you use their shower. 

 

What guests say: “Completely worth it! My boyfriend and I felt right at home in this cozy little Hobbit home :) Even in the winter, the room kept a great temperature all night. If you have any interest, you should absolutely check it out!”

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6 guests/$457 per night

 

This solar earth home with a stargazing observation tower sits on seven acres and is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest. If not for the tower, you truly might not even notice the house was there, especially in the winter when the roof is blanketed by snow. The interior is somehow still airy and bright with tile floors, colorful art and decor, ladders to lofts, a full kitchen, and a retro carousel fireplace in the living room. There’s also a zipline on the property and you’re close to the world's deepest geothermal hot springs, skiing, biking, hiking, fishing, dog sledding, and more. And just in case that didn’t sell you, it was also featured on Netflix’s “World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals.” 

 

What guests say: “Every inch of this unique and inspiring house was filled with such fun, whimsical, and artful touches. The stargazing from the tower and the rooftop lounge was otherworldly. We have stayed in many places around the world and this is the most memorable and inspiring.”

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3 guests/$75 per night

 

This cozy Hobbit home is built half above-ground and half underground and has an earthen Zen garden for a roof. The sleeping area is private, but you’ll share a bathroom, garden, fire pit, yoga deck, and outdoor kitchenette with the family who lives in the main house. The interior has wood plank walls and ceilings, stone details, concrete floors, and lots of quirky details waiting to be discovered.

 

What guests say: “This is beyond anything I would have expected. It was so serene from the moment you approach the gate. You can tell that close attention to detail is paid because not one thing was out of place. Absolutely amazing and I would go back in a heartbeat.”

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16 guests/$383 per night

 

This hand-built home on a quiet lot consists of three connected structures: the tire home made of recycled tires (and the most Hobbit-like), the game room, and the straw bale home. Giant green plants bring the outdoors in, and if that’s not enough, several of the six bedrooms have glass walls that look out to the backyard. Other perks include a large pool, two fully-stocked kitchens, a game room with ping pong and corn hole, natural lighting throughout, and the fact that your dog can come with!

 

What guests say: “The Hobbit House was perfect for celebrating my best friend's 50th birthday. The beds and bedding are so comfy! The pool and fire pit were perfect. The extra-large kitchen in the Straw House was just what a bigger group needs to make meals together. The secluded location is wonderful, and the yards and foliage inside are incredible!”

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4 guests/$336 per night

 

If you like your earth home Airbnbs to come with a side of romance, look no further than this tiny “mushroom house” designed by Earl Young, an American architectural designer who built 31 similar structures all in this town over a span of 52 years. The house has endless charming details, including a thatched roof, stone walls, curved stone staircase, hand-carved furniture, heated floors, a gorgeous garden, and a loft that is accessible only by a ladder. It’s also close to Lake Michigan and within walking distance of Bridge Street, which has lots of shops, bars, and restaurants. 

 

What guests say: “What a great way to experience Charlevoix at the Chalet Mushroom House! It is so cozy, romantic, beautiful, unique, and just fun! You are so close to everything and you can walk to all the sites.”

Private retreat with gorgeous gardens and a hot tub
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6 guests/$457 per night

 

This cozy dome “Hobbit hole” is a treat inside and out. Behind the red circular door, you’ll find everything you need: two bedrooms with views of lush green foliage, a sizeable kitchen and dining area, a living room with a TV (with cable and Netflix that you’ll never use), chandeliers, tons of board games, and two full baths. The outside is equally as spectacular: three patios, a babbling brook, well-maintained grounds and gardens, a grill, two hammocks, two fire pits, and a hot tub. It’s located just five minutes from a quaint town, but if you have read this far, you understand that you won’t want to leave.

 

What guests say: “Our experience at the Hobbit House was outstanding. Despite bad weather, we felt wonderfully secluded in this incredible home, marveling at its craftsmanship and the warm hospitality of the hosts. The home is both beautiful and extremely comfortable, with every needed amenity.”

Magical earth-sheltered home perfect for adventurers
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4 guests/$400 per night

 

If you want to uncover every quaint and quirky detail (many Tolkien-inspired) of this 1,100-square-foot “Hobbit house” and the surrounding property, you should definitely partake in the host-designed quests/scavenger hunt. Just a few things you’ll find (without spoiling any surprises): a clawfoot tub in the garden, antiques throughout, homemade baked goods, fresh eggs in the chicken coop, a swimming hole, lawn games (including archery), a fire pit under the stars, hammocks, and even a pub with a player piano and darts. 

 

What guests say: “Perfection. This was the most fantastic place I have ever stayed in my entire life. The Hobbit house and adjacent pub are ineffably charming and decorated flawlessly. There are gems everywhere you look, and the small attention to detail in each space adds up to an overall aesthetic that is completely immersive, warm, and delightfully cozy. If you are a Tolkien fan, this is a true must-see.”

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10 guests/$689 per night

 

Joshua Tree is full of unique abodes, but this is the perfect one for anyone who is a fan of Luke Skywalker’s home planet. (Or anyone who never got over the fact that Luke kissed his sister and is just looking to completely reset.) The spacious and natural light-filled domes in Bonita Village, just outside of Joshua Tree, were built with earth bags filled with sand arranged in layers and/or coils and are perfect for enjoying starry desert nights. Owned and operated by a contemporary medicine woman, this is a place you go to appreciate quiet and solitude (literally, there is zero noise tolerance after dark). The home has all of the amenities you’ll need, and there is a new black bottom pool for soaking after a day of hiking in the desert.

 

What guests say: “What a unique experience. My wife and I stayed here in the dead of summer, with temperatures reaching upwards of 110 degrees, yet we were both cool and comfortable inside these superadobe structures. Stay here if you want to feel inspired.”

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2 guests/$146 per night

 

Nearly everything in this secluded Hobbit house was hand-crafted by a member of the family who owns it, including the countertop made with stones from the property, the wooden furniture and tables, and even the dishes. It is built into a hill in front of a second earthen home (also available to rent) and has everything you need for a comfortable stay, including heated floors, a rain-head shower, small kitchen, outdoor fire pit, and even waffle mix, maple syrup, and a waffle iron so you don’t have to stress about buying groceries for breakfast.

 

What guests say: “This house is so beautifully designed and put together on the inside with beautiful wood, tiling, and heated flooring. I definitely highly recommend staying at Marlan’s Hobbit hole, especially if you’re a big fan of the Lord of the Rings!”

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4 guests/$150 per night

 

Taos is known for two types of housing: Pueblo-style homes and Earthships. This recently refurbished Earthship was built by pioneer and architect Michael Reynolds in 1979 as an experiment in sustainable architecture. Today, it is still as simple as it was back then and nearly invisible (in a good way) if you’re not looking for it, but it was built by the man who invented the modern Earthship, which is reason enough alone to book it. Plus, as cozy as it is, you can still enjoy modern amenities, like a full bathroom (down the hall and through the greenhouse with a shower that’s almost, but not quite outside, a thing most guests list as a “pro”), a flower-filled patio, and beautiful views. It’s also close to downtown Taos where you’ll find galleries, shops, and restaurants.

 

What guests say: “Absolutely amazing experience staying in the Earthship. The space is so welcoming and comfortable, and the best bathroom of any Airbnb ever. We made the short drive to check out the visitor center and Earthship community—could not recommend this enough. Such an important vision for a better future. Thank you!”

Daisy Barringer is a writer who grew up in San Francisco and, for the first time ever, is questioning why she never got into Lord of the Rings. Tell her about other important stuff she missed out on on Twitter @daisy.
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