Need a little space? A Hobbit Hole in Vancouver opens its round doors

VANCOUVER – Sometimes we all need a place to spend some alone time.

Vancouver resident Anne Bruinn found hers in a little ‘Hobbit Hole’ her husband built in their backyard in the Dunbar neighborhood, with a grassy roof and a round door, and now she wants to share it .

She opens the doors of the Hobbit Hole wide to anyone who needs an hour or two to study, take a nap, meditate or even have a good cry.

The bright yellow Hobbit Hole, which Bruinn also calls “she threw,” is eight feet by six feet with a comfy chair, small fireplace, and portholes. There’s a food extension and a plate of cookies baked by Bruinn on the doorstep.

Bruinn says she considers herself “the luckiest girl in the world”, happy with her family which includes two children and three dogs. But sometimes she needs space, even if it’s only about 50 square feet.

“I just needed an hour to myself, wanting to read, listen to music, just uninterrupted. An hour is all I need, but I had nowhere to go says Bruinn.

So her husband spent two weeks building the Hobbit Hole.

“In the shed, I like to play Scrabble on my phone. Which makes me happy. I write books that no one reads,” Bruinn laughs.

But Bruinn doesn’t always need space, so she welcomes anyone who needs it, even if it’s just for a few hours at a time, because there are no toilets.

The rules are simple – no tobacco, vaping or drugs. Reservations can be made via the Hobbit Hole website,

So what does Bruinn expect from his guests in return?

She says a “fresh twig” might be enough. Or a flower. Or a painted rock.

“Please show me a card trick or teach me some dance moves,” Bruinn says. ” I am open to everything. Just give me something from your heart.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 3, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of Meta and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.


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