This two-bedroom architectural marvel will astound you from the minute you pull up outside. Spires are crowned with colorful bowling balls representing planets, and buttresses swoop skyward in harmony with the surrounding natural landscape. Cross the threshold to find delights like vaulted ceilings, spirals, arches and stairways that look like they’re made of underground tree roots. Thoughtfully placed windows let light play on different surfaces, making for an enchanting experience whether you’re making coffee in the kitchenette or relaxing with a book from the home’s collection in the airy living room.
What makes it special?
The Hobbitat is a true labor of love and there are signs of that throughout the home. In fact, it took more than 10 years for the dwelling to go from the imagination of the owners to completion. Look for details like vaulted ceilings with domes that mimic the night sky, intricately tiled showers pieced together by local artisans and unique woodwork on cabinet doors.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
Colorado’s known for its sunny blue skies, but we’ve got a pretty spectacular celestial scene going on, too. Grab a blanket and curl up by the fire pit for a night of primo stargazing. Crestone is a designated International Dark Sky Community, so you’ll be in for a real treat. Listen to coyotes bark and the rustling wind as you gaze at the Milky Way slicing a brilliant gash through the indigo night.
Top sensory experience you’ll encounter
Head to the east deck in the evenings for a sunset you’ll never forget. The outdoor space faces the Sangre de Cristos, which turn a magnificent shade of crimson as the sun dips below the horizon. This area is known for being one of the most photogenic places in Colorado, with sights so striking you might forget to shoot your shot.
Our favorite traveler review
“I can't begin to tell you what you'll experience here. It's unlike anything I've ever seen. It's an experience you won't forget. Being a dark-sky community made for excellent stargazing on either of the two rooftop patios. The way the sun hits inside the house at different times of day is just incredible. The artistry, thought and care that went into this house is incredible. I simply cannot wait to go back. What an amazing experience!” — Misti, airbnb
Things to see and do nearby
An hour’s drive takes you to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, where you can hike or sandboard down the dunes and catch cool ranger-led talks. Soak while taking in stunning mountain views at Joyful Journey Hot Springs or dive into the town’s history at Crestone Historical Museum. Grab a bite at Our Food is Art , a local gem where tacos, steaks, ribs and a solid selection of Colorado beers will please any palate.
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