COMPLIMENTARY NIGHT GIFTED | At the beginning of 2019, my boyfriend and I said we’d like to do more smaller UK breaks throughout the year. One a month if possible. I can’t speak for him but I absolutely love a staycation. The UK has so many wonderful things to offer and I want to explore as much of it as I can. With that in mind, I hopped onto Twitter one day and saw the West Stow Pods account, a company in Suffolk who offer glamping experiences in their sweet little woodland in West Stow.

Being a Lord of the Rings fan, I was instantly drawn to Pod Hollow – their halfling inspired subterranean dwelling (as they call it) – a cottage based off of the Hobbit homes you’ll find in the Shire. Upon emailing the owners at West Stow Pods, we were kindly offered one night of our stay free, in exchange for this review.

The pod itself was, well, spectacular is the only word to accurately describe it. They did an absolutely incredibly job with making it look authentic, old-worldly but also cosy and charming at the same time. It sleeps 4, has 2 bedrooms, a sitting area with a TV, a huge kitchen and a lovely bathroom with a walk-in shower. With plenty of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit inspired nick-nacks scattered around that any fan will really appreciate.

We were only at the pod for 2 days, so we didn’t actually go out anywhere (although there are plenty of lovely woodland walks and things to do and see in the surrounding areas!) instead opting for a relaxing few days, a The Lord of the Rings marathon and good food! We also had some fun with the Gandalf get-up and Hobbit feet which were hanging by the front door!

There was also something very special in the woodlands, a stones throw from the pod, which although not Lord of the Rings related, was probably my favourite thing I saw whilst I was there. There’s a special Scots pine tree there, which is named Peter Pan’s Roots. This magical looking tree has roots growing up and out of the ground, leaving a magical maze-like feature underneath.

And not only that, in the 1890’s, J.M Barrie, author of Peter Pan, was visiting the headmistress of the schoolhouse on site (which is still there now and where the owners of West Stow Pods live!) and on his journey, he came across this magical tree and inspired him to include an illustration of it in the very first edition of Peter Pan.

It felt magical to be standing where J.M Barrie once stood, looking up at the same tree. The man who is behind my favourite film, behind my tattoo, behind my email address and blog name and one of the most magical stories ever told. So I couldn’t help but mark that moment with some photos, my favourite story and the boy behind it all…

We had an absolutely lovely time at West Stow Pods, it’s a cute, quaint and quiet place with plenty of accommodation options and things to do and see. The owners were incredibly lovely and welcoming, everything in the pod worked perfectly and I honestly don’t have a single complaint. It was something a bit different and being in the gorgeous Hobbit house literally made me forget about everything for a few days!

Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? If so, would you like to stay here?

* One night of our stay was complimentary in exchange for this review. Everything else was fully paid for by us and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. This looks incredible. I’m glad you two had a good time. 🙂

    I can only imagine your thoughts when you first found out J M Barry had used that beautiful tree for inspiration. I imagine it was one of those true wow moments. xoxo

  2. 😮 This place looks amazing Jenny! I’m a big fan of the LOTR books and movies and will have to make a trip to Suffolk at somepoint just to stay here.

  3. This is the perfect place to go when you are in need of a little break and I am 100% going to go at some point! I can’t get over how realistic it looks, I am getting excited just looking at the pictures. I would love to come hear for a LOTR film sesh and snacks with my boyfriend, although that TV is looking a little bit too small for my liking!!(Used to bigger TVs). So glad you had the best time!! xx

  4. Oh my goodness what a magical post! I would love to go there, it sounds like the perfect retreat and a place to hide away from reality. I love the history with the tree as well – I never knew that. Amazing post!

  5. This place looks so cute! I’d love to stay here. I think it’s so awesome that you got to see that tree. Isn’t it amazing how long trees can live? It’s so cool that you could know for sure you stood in the same spot as JM Barrie. That’s seriously awesome!

  6. Jenny oh my goodness, I actually got goosebumps reading this! I LOVE how you got to see the try that’s the inspiration behind your favourite author and so many things that are important to you! The little pod where you stayed is also gorgeous and if I wasn’t out of weekends before we go travelling, I’d have definitely booked a night or two there, especially since I’ve now seen LOTR! Beautiful photos as well, lovely! xxx

  7. Oh wow, that place is just magical! I would love to stay there. Your photos really capture the quaintness of it. Also, love that tree too, bet it just stunning during the summer months! 😀

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

    1. Totally agree! My boyfriend and I are off to Shropshire tomorrow just for the weekend and it’s just nice to get away for a few days and away from the norm! I definitely don’t need anywhere exotic to have a nice time 😌

  8. I was soooooo excited to read this review after seeing some of your sneak peek photos. I’m a HUGE LOTR fan so this would be right up my street. Those Hobbit slippers are hilarious 🙂 And the location looks gorgeous, all those trees, the walks would be wonderful. How amazing about that tree as well. Did you know about it before you went? Honestly, Jenny, I know you loved Brooklands, but this staycation sounds absolutely idyllic, I’m so glad you had such a fab time, you completely deserve it 🙂 xx

    Lisa |

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad we rewatched all the films, it definitely ignited my love for it again! I only knew about the tree from the West Stow Pods website! It’s such an idyllic place and there’s an Anglio Saxon village just up the road. It’s a really unique little holiday, would highly recommend! 💖

  9. This is so CUTE. I’ve always (despite not being a huge LOTR fan) wanted to stay in a Hobbit house because I’m such a country bumpkin at heart, and they always look so gorgeous, nestled away in the woods. I love how this is decorated, and how precious that it’s close to a tree that inspired JM Barrie!

  10. Oh my gosh, these pictures are so beautiful. I’ve been really looking forward to reading this blog post darling after I saw that you were there on your instagram page. It sounds like you both had a fab time lovely, I had no idea that we had magical places like this in the UK. Thank you for sharing – I’m going to check out more about them! 🌸💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x |

  11. This looks amazing!! I think the little touches make such a big difference. So I liked the LoTR touches in the cabin!! And I love going away to woods and somewhere peaceful– it just feels great!!
    I am glad you had a nice time and enjoyed watching the lord of the rings!! I love Samwise Gamgee!!

  12. Oh my gosh it sounds AMAZING. I love staycations and especially when I stay somewhere quirky. Pod Hollow looks so cosy, I think I’d probably just spend my time inside too haha.
    That tree looks magical.
    Also you look freaking adorable and I am in love with your shoes.

      1. This is incredible!! I’m a big Lord of the Rings fan, I want to go to New Zealand one day but I never knew there was something like this in the UK. Looks so cosy and authentic! I love the props too, they look like great fun. The J.M Barrie story is so cool as well, it’s like the place was made for you haha! I really want to go on more UK trips too so I’ll definitely keep this in mind.

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