It has all the features of a proper hobbit house – rustic craftsmanship, country charm, and the famous circular doors with the knob squarely in the middle.
But this real-life house is worlds away from the Shire, and isn’t even in Middle Earth.
Instead, the stone cottage is nestled into Chester County, surprisingly near Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania.
The 600-square foot building is a short walk from his main house, on a flat stone path and through an English-style garden.
Hundreds of houses inspired by Tolkien's books have been built in the U.S. and abroad. But Archer said, 'This isn't something that you can recreate on a suburban cul-de-sac; it was made for this specific location and it wouldn't work anywhere else.'
Built up against a stone retaining wall of the same vintage, the Hobbit house looks like an original feature of the property.
'We weren't going to do a Hollywood interpretation. We wanted it to be timeless,' Archer said. 'It was built in 2004 but looking at it, you could think it was from 1904, or 1604.'
Several craftsmen said they couldn't hang the 150-pound door on one hinge but a Maryland blacksmith 'succeeded on the first try,' Archer said.
The roof is covered with clay tiles handmade in France.
The rustic structure cleverly hides its thoroughly modern heating, cooling, electrical and security systems And while a country drive to see the cottage after catching the newly released Peter Jackson film 'The Hobbit,' might be a nice outing, don't expect to find it.
He does not want the location of the site revealed, and used a pseudonym the rare time he gave an interview, on-camera last year.
Archer, who declined to divulge what it cost to build the Hobbit house, said his team is currently working on a similar project in Tasmania.