Forget all the out-of-the-box homes you’ve probably seen, this one takes “eccentric” to the next level!
Cave homes have come a long way since the Flinstones, and this one take the cake.
The Worcestershire home, which had been used as a shelter for 800 years, was purchased by Angelo Mastropietro, the former head of an Australian recruitment company. He had initially come across the home in 1999 when a rainstorm during a bike ride forced him and his friend to seek out shelter.
By the time it came onto the market in 2010, the home, which had been abandoned in the late 1940s, was pretty worse-for-wear.
But to Mastropietro, the home was a masterpiece waiting to be restored. After 1000 hours of work carving and reshaping the rock and approximately £160,000 of building materials, the 38-year-old man brought the century-old home into the modern age. To put things in perspective, a single doorway between two rooms took the man 11 days of work to hack through 5-feet of rock.
Upgrades include a rainfall shower, wood fireplaces, a heated towel rack, and large oak-framed windows to bring in plenty of light.
So what pushed Mastropietro towards the 250-million-year-old sandstone cliffs? Simply put, the father-of-two was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, leaving him temporarily paralyzed. From that point on he reevaluated his priorities and set out to build “a home of health and happiness”.
He told the Daily Mail: ‘MS was triggered by health and lifestyle and that was the catalyst I needed to remind me that I needed to be mindful of my health and be respectful of my lifestyle…I wanted to be in a place where I had a happier and healthier life.’
The home had been expanded to a four-bedroom house over 300 years ago, Mastropietro has much updated the space with underfloor heating, running water and internet access.
The walls have been painted white to keep it bright and open while the home is filled with natural touches. From the curved, organic lines to the wooden beams in the ceiling and the pebbles built in the wall of the shower, Angelo has taken the care to add beautiful design touches. And it’s not just inside: the outside of the home boasts a large terrace with plants cascading down the rock front.
‘I want to celebrate that it is a cave dwelling, but I want to add modern day luxuries,’ he says. ‘It definitely has a modern feel but hopefully, retains some cave charm.’
The home seems isolated but it’s actually part of a row of living spaces considered to be the oldest inhabited rock houses in the whole of Europe.
Mr. Mastropietro added: “I think when you’re actually here and you see it in person, you get a feel for the place. You know people have literally been in tears. So I feel incredibly happy.
“Very proud, very honored and yeah, it’s been a very inspiring chapter I think.”