A couple from Romania have constructed an eco-friendly “fairytale castle” in the mountains of Transylvania using just straw, clay and sand..
Razvan and Gabriela Vasile sold their home near the capital Bucharest to build the structure in a village 40km from the city of Sibiu.
Called the “Clay Castle of the Valley of Fairies”, it is made of “100% organic” materials, all wooden pillars and no paint.
Locals say the building “looks like something out of The Hobbit” rather than a castle in the conventional sense.
Its owners hope to open it as a hotel, given its location in the spectacular Carpathian Mountains and proximity to medieval Sibiu.
It is already a tourist attraction in its own right, and one couple even hosted their wedding reception there.