Sunday, July 8, 2018

Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm: Hobbit Houses, Ecological Trail and More

Nowadays, it is more popularly known as The Hobbit House in Malaybalay. Ever since photos of its Lord of the Rings-inspired hobbit homes became viral in the world wide web, more and more tourists are flocking to this farm perched in the highlands of Barangay Imbayao, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. But there's actually more to discover in Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm than just the hobbit houses. In fact, this farm has been in existence for several year now and is one of the pioneers in sustainable farming and ecological preservation in the locality.

Two weeks ago, we dropped by Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm during a group long run starting from Malaybalay City proper. These are some of the things to expect when you visit this farm...

Image from Google Maps
Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm in Sinaburan, Imbayao, Malaybalay City. The road going to the farm is mostly uphill and rough. At present, only 4-wheel drive vehicles and habal-habal motorcycles can reach the place.Habal-habal motorcycles are parked  at the Casisang Public Market in Airport Village. Fare is Php100 per person one way. Distance from the market is about 12 kilometers and travel time is around 40 minutes.

Entrance to the farm is Php50.00 per person. Inclusions are farm tour, forest trek, photo ops at the hobbit houses and freshly brewed coffee.

There's a tree house which can be booked for overnight accommodation at P750 per night with free breakfast and coffee for two. As the farm is elevated at 1,300 meters ASL and already at the foot of Kitanglad Range, expect cold temperature which could go down to 14 degrees Celsius.

The tree house has a small viewing deck perfect for watching the sunrise.

They also have a wide area for camping. Tents with beddings are available for rent at Php250 each. For large groups, they have dormitory type accommodations at Php250 per person which also come with free coffee.

Panoramic view of the farm
Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm has a total area of 22 hectares. You can go for a guided hike through the forests and see several species of trees, herbs, birds and insects in their natural environment.

The farm is also known for their citronella oil production. Useful in preventing mosquito bites, pure citronella oil is available for sale at Php100 per small bottle.

Of course, your visit to Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm won't be complete without visiting the hobbit houses. This DIY project was conceptualized by farm co-owner Ben Maputi Jr., as inspired by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Materials used in the construction of these houses are sourced directly from the farm.

Presently, there are three hobbit houses in the farm. Ben intended to build up to 10 to make it a hobbit village. During the time of our visit, they don't accept overnight booking at the hobbit house yet, pending its completion. 

Undoubtedly, the hobbit houses made Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm more popular than before. But more than just these miniature and instagrammable dwellings, the farm also offers exposure to sustainable agriculture, ecological appreciation and preservation and closer-to-nature experience. For these reasons, a visit to Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm is highly recommended.

For inquiries and reservation, contact: 09552875279.


1 comment :

  1. Hi, will be visiting malaybalay this september. Would just like to ask, is there a direct trip from malaybalay to balingoan or carmen? Or do i have to go back to cdo first?


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