Richard (74) and Myra (71) Wells occupy the hobbit hole in
their garden. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Tours of a small Dunedin ''hobbit hole'' are growing in
Richard and Myra Wells, of Abbotsford, have opened to the
public their 2.5m-long, 1.5m-high and 0.8m-deep hobbit hole
that lies beneath a large Scotch elm.
The snug space called ''Hobbitsford'' has a working brick
fire inside and a living grass roof.
Mr Wells said he and his wife were both members of the
Dunedin Open Gardens Association and by-appointment groups to
view ''Hobbitsford'' and the surrounding Elm Tree Garden were
getting bigger each tour.
''I'm surprised how many people come through.''
About 20 people visited last Thursday, and next Monday twice
as many people were booked for a look, he said.
Mr Wells said the positive comments justified the couple's
''It makes you feel pretty good when you get a tour through
and you hear the comments - it makes it worthwhile.''
The couple's granddaughter Lauren Isaac (11) - one of
couple's 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren -
compered the tours.
''She's better at it than me,'' Mr Wells said, laughing.
Tours can be booked on the dunedingardens.co.nz website under
Elm Tree Garden.
The garden also included a Boot Hill cemetery with humorous
gravestones and the working chicken shed ''Cluckingham