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MAN, 89, BUILT HIS OWN HOBBIT HOUSE IN HIGHLANDS WHERE HE LIVES ALMOST ENTIRELY OFF-GRID
A woodcutter who built his own Hobbit House has revealed that he’s never watched Lord of the Rings – and lives almost off-grid despite being 90 in a couple of weeks.
Stuart Grant moved into the cottage he bought as a wreck with no roof and no doors in 1984, while he was renovating a house. But he found doing DIY on the quirky building which dated back 200 years so satisfying, that he decided to make it his home.
He originally trained as a joiner but suffered from ME for 46 years so says he worked “in slow motion” on the three-bedroom cottage near Inverness. He doesn’t have a mobile phone or use the internet and no longer drives, but still loves to get out and about to meet people.
Despite the obvious comparisons to the Lord of the Rings, Stuart says he’s never watched the series.
“It’s just a coincidence that my front door is almost the same shape and same kind of wood. There are stained glass windows on each side of it. I didn’t know about them and they didn’t know about me,” he says.
He says that doing creative projects has kept him young: “I get a buzz out of doing interesting stuff. I’ve just always been an inventor and a designer. People think I’m clever because I do original things, but they’ve not tried. I could start with a seed and end up with a house. Work is the greatest therapy.”
Matthew Sanderson can we have a hobbit house 🥰
Michael Walker x
David Holloway I see you x
Love it 😍
Judy Bullough Jude Needham ❤
Bryony Hugl this guy!
Fashioned straight out of his own creativity. Magnificent 🥰💫
Robert Paul Duffin
Absolutely amazing and inspiring 💖
Robert Hatherley, this reminds me of you x
Jennifa Louise Tim Watson I could quite happily live here off grid
Ben Jones look at this xxx
Beautiful. What an amazing place and gentleman. X
James Laurie if you weren’t with me…
Quirky, that’s for sure
Well done it looks amazing.very clever man
How happy that old fella must be. The satisfaction of doing all that yourself must be great. I hope it never gets destroyed. It’s a work of art and heart.
Dave Macmillan your neck of the woods
Dave RoachMan Strong this is amazing! X
What a fabulous home. He is very artistic 😍
What an amazing man!!!
Wow totally amazing, what talent he has.
I don’t know if this is fact or not but I kinda hope it is as he and his home is awesome!
Love this! Richard Showell
How cosy, I could definitely live there off grid, good man