By Raven Fon
A lot of new housing trends have hit the residential market lately, but nothing quite like carving a house into a 250-million year old cliff-side.
Angelo Mastropietro first came upon the 700-year old Worcestershire cave in 1999, when he used it for shelter during a rainy bicycling session. Having the busy life of someone who runs a recruitment agency, Mastropietro visited the site infrequently.
That was, until 2007, when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
(Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in your eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions. MS happens when your immune system attacks a fatty material called myelin, which wraps around your nerve fibers to protect them. Without this outer shell, your nerves become damaged.)
Matropieto told 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.”
In 2010, Angelo Mastropieto discovered that the cave was available for purchase, and decided to take the plunge. £62,000 was the price of the cave, which consisted of a series of carved living spaces, thought to be the oldest inhabited rock houses within the entirety of Europe. Having a budget of £100,000, he had to do most of the work himself, including removing 70-80 tonnes (15.5k – 17.6k pounds) of limestone rock. One doorway in particular, took him 11 days of brutal chipping and hacking to get through.
Although Mastropietro’s new home is technically a cave, it still holds many modern luxuries. Woodburning stoves, WiFi, running water, heated floors, glass doors and oak-framed windows are only a few features of this breathtaking masterpiece. ‘I want to celebrate that it is a cave dwellings, but I want to add modern day luxuries,’ he says. ‘It definitely has a modern feel but hopefully retains some cave charm.‘
Mastropietro is very pleased with his work, as are the several visitors he receives every year. “Very proud, very honoured and yeah, it’s been a very inspiring chapter I think.”
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