Hobbitenango ("place of the hobbits") is a blissfully remote mountainside village that combines a magical selection of solar and wind-powered eco-casitas with a farm-to-table restaurant and a family activity park.
Lovingly created in the style of J.R.R.Tolkien's treasured fantasy novels, the aim of Hobbitenango is for you to refresh your soul and reconnect with your loved ones, by disconnecting from the demands of real life. With the delights of the natural world all around you, this is a ridiculously easy task!
Savour spectacular views over the Panchoy Valley and the surrounding volcanoes, as you sip creative house cocktails and enjoy a mouthwatering seasonal dish in the restaurant. What a way to begin your dream holiday.
You can pitch your own tent, or if you really want to live like a hobbit, choose your favourite eco-casita to rest your heads in. Constructed from local materials and crafted in authentic Middle Earth style, each house features a green, flower-strewn roof, with round walls and doors that will make you feel like Bilbo Baggins himself.
Inside, you'll find a comforting fireplace, warm blankets and quirky, handmade furniture that includes tables made from logs, and beds created from wooden trunks. Fresh flowers and vibrant pops of colour throughout add a homely feel, while large windows open out onto those amazing views.
Freshen up in the piping hot rainwater shower, then - if you can tear yourselves away from the comfort of your eco-casita - get ready to indulge in some activity.
The village is scattered with stunning hiking trails, for you to really get under the skin of this exceptionally scenic area (you may even meet the friendly resident dogs, cats and goat along your way!) You can also arrange an archery or machete-throwing session...
...or simply find a favourite spot to play a game of cards, or get lost in the pages of a good book (we recommend The Lord of the Rings!)
Enjoy regular live music during the weekends, or if you prefer to snuggle up with your loved ones instead, order a steaming hot chocolate to devour in your very own casita. With no distracting WiFi or telly, you're free to enjoy absorbing conversation amongst the soft crackling of the fire.
You can even order breakfast in bed, if you're so cosy that you don't feel like getting up - and who could blame you? When all your real-world cares have melted away into the view-filled mountainside, all that's left to do is relax.
Things to note
Local tourist taxes are not included in rates and are payable locally. Camping onsite is also available, enquire for more details.
Tried and tested
"We stayed one night in the Casita "El Sueño". They told us to arrive early to enjoy the whole day. So we came at noon. It is a magical place! The panorama restaurant has views over the three volcanos and the food (lunch dinner and breakfast) is delicious. The little hobbit hut has everything. Garden with private terrace and views over the amazing landscape around Antigua. Also there is a great bathroom with sauna and hot water. In the night they make a fire in the huts because it can get pretty cold on the mountain. It was a perfect stay! If you stay in Antigua you shouldn't miss this getaway!"
"Hobbitenango was one of the highlights of our trip to Guatemala. We only stayed for one night, but would have definitely stayed longer had our circumstances allowed. The hobbit holes are beautiful and so well crafted (even the shower was one of the best of our stay), we couldn't take enough photos! Thank you to the creators of Hobbitenango for bringing this little gem into existence."
"This place is beautiful, can't recommend enough. Thought it might be gimmicky but it's so well designed and has a great atmosphere. I loved how many locals also seemed to love the place, think that's a good sign. Spent the whole time planning an alternative existence when I would also build an amazing place on the top of a mountain... you should go. Oh, and there's a volcano constantly spewing that you wake up to. Such a cool experience. Inspirational aesthetics everywhere you look."
Region: Antigua, Central Highlands
Cost (from): £60 per night
Sleeps: 4 or 6 per casita
Bedrooms: 1 per casita
Bathrooms: 1 per casita
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 961
FacilitiesLas Casitas sleep 4 or 6, double bed, bedding & towels provided, private bathroom, shower, low chimney, lounge area, low tables, evening fire, outdoor patio & furniture.
Onsite recreation park, churches, viewpoints, hiking, cycling, horse riding, cooking courses, shopping, local markets, salsa classes, Spanish language classes, coffee farms.
At a glance
- A remote, solar and wind-powered Guatemalan holiday village comprising a selection of handcrafted eco-casitas, a farm-to-table restaurant, hiking trails and an activity park, all surrounded by breathtaking volcano views.
- Fly to Guatemala City, then travel to nearby Antigua and arrange transport for the 20-minute drive to Hobbitenango. Please note that only 4x4 cars are able to handle the steep drive into the main site, with parking lots available for other cars just below. The site also offers a frequent shuttle service.
- Each eco-casita is crafted to resemble an authentic hobbit house, with a green roof and round doors. There is also space to pitch your own tent if required.
- On-site activities include archery, hiking and machete-throwing, with plenty of space to curl up and enjoy a good book.