Magical Hobbit-Like Eco Cave House

Underhill is an incredible hobbit-home like, eco-cave house built into the hillside of a Waikato (New Zealand) farm. The house is cleverly constructed to resemble a cave. With no electricity in the house, the stone, wood and rustic features truly make you feel like you’re stepping back in time.

Underhill Main Room

Everything inside this tiny cave house has been expertly crafted out of high quality materials. The end result is a beautiful, cosy home that is filled with rustic charm. The round table in the centre of the house creates a fantastic area for entertaining and socialising.

Underhill Kitchen

A sturdy country-style kitchen adds even more character to the home, whilst also being fully functional. The cupboards are all made out of heavy duty macrocarpa and the iron-work is all custom made.

Underhill Stove

On cold nights the antique coal range becomes the focus of the home. The range is responsible not only for space heating, but is also acts as a stove oven, and heats water for the house.

Underhill BED

There sleeping area is just beautiful. The custom made bed is an unusual shape, but wonderfully comfortable. A skylight above the bed has been cleverly fashioned out of an old car windscreen allowing you to watch the stars above you at night.

Underhill Candle Light

There is no electricity at Underhill so nighttime is filled by the beauty of candle light. The decision not to run power to the cave house was made to help fortify its role as a true place of escape. Having no power encourages people to leave their phones and computers behind and enjoy relaxing in the wonderful natural environment.

Underhill BATHROOM

The bathroom is located in another cave next to the main house. Water in this cave is heated by a gas califont and sourced from a local spring. Again, the space is wonderfully rustic with incredible wood and stone work.

Underhill Tub Night

Outside the bathroom cave sits a beautiful cast iron outdoor tub. In the daytime, this tub enjoys spectacular views of the valley and pond feature and at night, unrivalled views of the night sky above.

Underhill Pond Cave

The cave is situated amongst some of the most breathtaking natural scenery with incredible gardens, and a spectacular feature pond in the middle. The area surrounding Underhill Valley is a working farm with cattle and even lamas that often come down to visit the cave house.

Underhill Graham

Underhill is the realised dream of Graham Hannah, who built the incredible cave as a haven for his family and children. The land is now owned by his daughter and  is currently operated as a boutique bed and breakfast. For those of you who are interested in staying a night at this wonderful cave house, you can find out more here.




Posted on by Bryce Posted in Tiny House Tours

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I'm a film-maker with a passion for small space design, permaculture, and downsized, eco-friendly living. Join me on my travels as I meet people from all over the globe who are living big lives in wonderful tiny houses!

12 Responses to Magical Hobbit-Like Eco Cave House

  1. Terry Byrne

    Could you please tell me the climate in the area where this house is built? What’s the annual outdoor air temperature? What are winter time lows?

    Gorgeous house.

    Thanks.

  2. David Thelan

    Hi Bryce. I am looking to build a new home at the moment and am finding it very expensive due to Bush Fire regulations here in Australia. I was wondering if there is any plans for engeering of this available so as to look at building something in this style here, Dave.

  3. Rossana

    Wonderful, I love this kind of homes and style of life

  4. Jane Johnson

    Loved seeing this beautiful place, but sad that its not a dream held by the family – in any case a wonderfully inspiring place for people to go and stay. It seems in NZ you don’t have as many planning restrictions as here in Brittany, but i’d love to build something like this

  5. Jane Johnson

    Lovely, thanks for filming this! Very inspiring, i hope others will make some like these too!

  6. Tony

    This is amazing. Can you explain how the process went in order to make that stone/sand concrete ceiling? The explanation seemed simple enough, but I am sure that there was more to it. I even tried to google how, but honestly do not even know what that process would be called. Thank you.

  7. Marianne cronauer

    Fabulous,would love to come and stay,could you email information

  8. Stephen

    Great video. I am so happy he explained how they made the ceiling utilizing sand – brilliant! I only wish he had kept a video log during construction. The richness of the wood, stone and metals is stunning! Cheers!

  9. steve

    wow what an amazing place I want one now!! I really love coming to your page. honestly im never disappointed. from the sites you pick to the photography, just wonderfully done thanks you two.

  10. joe schmoe

    Would you build one of these on a fault line? I mean, would you live in one that was built on a fault line?

  11. felix

    thanks for the amazimg work yuo´re doing sharing this way of life, there are a lot of communities trying to adopt a permacultural way of life here in argentina, but we4 have a long road to go yet

    • Bryce

      Hey Felix! Thanks for following our videos! Keep up the good work mate, permaculture will heal the world and it’s exciting how many communities are working towards it right now. 🙂

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