Each of us at least once dreamed at least for a while to escape from civilization and modern life. "The Caveman" Angelo Mastropietro made this dream a reality! He settled in a 250 million-year-old cave in Worcestershire - and now, in terms of the amenities available, it is indistinguishable from a city apartment. The man spent about 160,000 pounds on this and about 1000 hours of his life, but was still able to bring comfort to the wild.
The former head of an Australian recruiting company decided to leave his nervous life and go underground in Worcestershire.
He spent about £ 160,000 on it after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. For some time he was killed and crushed, but then he said to himself: "I want to live in a place where I will have a healthier and happier life."
A father of two shoveled about 80 tons of stone before he was able to make his dream come true
He claims that his diagnosis was "a catalyst for him, reminding him that it's time to respect your health and lifestyle."
A native of Worcestershire first learned about this cave back in 1999. The cave, which had been used as a dwelling for 300 years, was abandoned in the 1940s.
Angelo bought the cave - the oldest rock dwelling, preserved in Europe until the 20th century - for 62 thousand pounds. With a budget of £ 100,000, working on his own, he soon turned it into a cozy apartment. Only the work on the interior doors took him 11 days …
Here Angelo sleeps. This is probably the quietest bedroom ever!
Luxurious living room of a cave house.
The walls in Angelo's house are white.
In this photo, Mr. Mastropietro is sitting in a bathroom that had to be converted into a shower room - Angelo realized that he would not be able to heat enough water to fill it.
Low vaults and pebble decorations give the shower a unique look, while a heated towel rail makes it comfortable.
Mr. Mastropietro, who designed and built this kitchen on his own, discovered the cave while hiding there with friends from the rain during a bike ride.
The walls and outlines of the house still remind of the fact that there was once a cave here, although the housing is decorated with modern materials.
Water enters Angelo's house from his own well 80 m deep. For the manufacture of shells, organic materials are used - wood and stone.
Mastropietro did not need planning and construction permits, so his fantasy unfolded in all its glory. Angelo's ambitious project was shown on British television and truly captivated the imagination of the audience.
“I love these challenging tasks,” says Angelo. “My surname means 'master of stones,' so this is probably my calling. Without a shadow of a doubt, I can say that I did this with the same passion that I used to invest in my company. I am proud and happy. It was a really creative challenge."
Light constantly enters the house through the huge glass windows. On the huge terrace, you can enjoy the views of creepers on the walls of the house.
The main distinguishing features of the house are a huge terrace, cozy secluded rooms and light walls. And in this photo you can see the top of the chimney.
The cave was formed in a block of sandstone, in an area that probably inspired Professor Tolkien to invent the world of Middle-earth.
Angelo Mastropietro put into his new home a huge amount of physical labor, which, among other things, contributed to the improvement of his health.
Wanting to live in privacy and tranquility, Angelo, nevertheless, did not give up electricity, or water, or even the Internet. However, as he says, "for all the convenience of housing, it retains a certain charm of the cave."