Family makes last-ditch appeal to save Welsh ‘hobbit house’ from demolition

Dear Mr Kahn,

This house is going to be bulldozed because it “does not fit in with the surrounding Pembrokeshire countryside” which has to be the most ridiculous reason there is.

If you had the time to say a word or raise your hand in their favor it might help.  I live in the west of Ireland. I don’t know the people at all and have no interest in the matter other than that I feel their pain and if they lived somewhere else they would have gotten away with it.

Thank you for your time,

best regards,


About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

5 Responses to Family makes last-ditch appeal to save Welsh ‘hobbit house’ from demolition

  1. Conor, or Someone,

    would it be possible to scout out the email address of the appeals board, so concerned folks could contact them..

    email addresses which might be helpful
    – appeals board
    -local dignitaries
    -local political members

    Conor, or someone,
    would it be possible to start up an actual on line petition, to petition for this home?

  2. I hope the planning inspector has more sense than to bow to public pressure and facebook likes on this case. It's been doing the rounds for years trying to drum up public support but the bottom line is they ignored the proper process of getting permission to build, broke the law and are now wasting tens of thousands of pounds of the tax payers' money to try and keep it. At a time when local authorities are making huge cuts to their budgets this is a massively selfish move.

  3. This is evil

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