Shire House – Trout Creek, MT


Shire House is an underground guest house located in Trout Creek, Montana by Whitepine Creek Road in a remote valley Northwest Montana. It is 3 hours southwest of Glacier National Park or 3 hours by car from either Spokane, WA or Missoula, MT.

The Shire House is a 1000-square-foot abode built into a hill on the sloping 20-acre parcel of land called the Shire by its owners and proprietors Steve Michaels and his wife, Christine.

Opened for business in October, 2010, the Shire House of Montana and surrounding attractions  were built for the sum of $410,000.

Artist Pamela Van Kirk painted the murals on the exterior retaining walls of the Shire House depicting the plant and animal life of the Shire. And at night, the grounds are filled with over 200-solar-powered color-changing dragonfly lights.

There are several tinier houses around the main guest house, with tiny mailboxes, porches, chairs, swings, gardening tools, clothes lines and firewood out front.

The Trolls have a house, made of a 700-year-old cedar tree, in whose cracks they hide, as well as a Troll Mine with the sign: “Enter at Your Own Risk.”

The Shire House was featured on the MTV Channel series “Extreme Cribs.”

Note: The Shire House of Montana is based on characters in a famous fantasy novel published in 1937 and its followup novels published in the 1950s. However, due to legal copyright prohibitions issued by Middle-earth Enterprises, the owners of the Shire House can no longer use the names of the characters who appeared in the novels or movies. But the word “Shire” should give you a hint as to the name of the mythological creatures upon whom the buildings and surrounding acreage were based.

Shire House
Trout Creek, MT 59874

The Shire House of Montana Website)
Home Away Realty – Shire House (Website)
Shire Home – KXLY News Report (Video)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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