Welcome to The Roundhouse, it is an ecohome of wood frame, cobwood and recycled window walls, with a straw-insulated turf roof.
The roundhouse was built with sustainable strategies whilst minimizing the environmental impact on the land.
Life in the roundhouse still provides the modern comforts, but in a home that costs very little to live in and is kind on its surrounding environment.
On picturesque private farmland near Matamata on the North Island of New Zealand, I visited the remnants of the original Hobbiton movie set from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
In September 1998 Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema discovered the Alexander family farm during an aerial search for suitable film sites for "The Lord of the Rings". The fantastic views and rolling country side of the Alexander Farm closely resembled that of Middle-earth as described by author, J.R.R Tolkien.
The large established pine tree, later re-named the party tree, was already perfectly placed in front of the lake. The surrounding rolling farmland was untouched by 20th century clutter such as roads, buildings or power lines. The farm was perfect.