The pressures of modern life mean that most of us have probably dreamt at one time or another of fleeing to the hills. But real-life caveman Angelo Mastropietro has made his hermit dream a reality – by spending over £160,000 turning a 250 million-year-old cave in the Wyre Forest into his dream home.
The completed house’s features are anything but stone age – it even has WiFi!
The ambitious makeover captured the imagination of viewers when it was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs in September.
The 38-year-old, originally from Worcestershire, was living a high-flying life as the head of a successful recruitment company in Australia when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007.
The condition led to him being temporarily paralyzed – and inspired him to seek a simpler life.
He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and that was what made him question the lifestyle that he was living. Sooner he started his project about his man cave which is super modern located in Worcestershire county.
It was no surprise that he made an astonishing cave like this as his last name means ‘Master of the Stone’ that is probably in his blood. This cave reportedly inspired Tolkien while he was writing Lord of the Rings.
“The rock house kinda came along, you know without a shadow of a doubt. I was passionate about that as I was setting up my company.” says Angelo.
This has to be one of the coolest houses in the world. Another plus side is that it seems that it was relatively cheap to make! Most homes nowadays are a lot more expensive than what this man put into that cave house! Who says a cool house has to be costly?
He also had to spend a lot of hours working on the house, to make this cave his dream house:
“In the end, I spent somewhere around 1000 hours basically breaking rocks, cutting rocks, burrowing rocks. You know to total around 70 or 80 tons of rubble that I excavated out of this rock house by hand, and real proof of that is the whole of the terrace outside, is literally 100 square meters of terrace out there. None of that was there when I started .”
Antony explains how he had to do the work himself in his man cave. Although the cave was initially built as a holiday let, Angelo still harbors the ambition of one day living full time in his unusual property. So amazing!
A story, a man, a cave, that can teach us a valuable lesson that anything is possible if we give our best, if we believe in ourselves and work hard. Maybe one day we can all have a place like this if just get our hands dirty and have 1000 hours to make a holiday space like this!