Man Transforms Abandoned 700-Year-Old Sandstone Cave into a Luxurious Home



If living in a sandstone cave has never appealed to you, The Rockhouse Retreat might make you change your tune. Located in rural Worcestershire, England, this unique locale is built into a Triassic sandstone escarpment near the Wyre Forest. As a residence, it has a long history—the cave was occupied for over 700 years before it was abandoned in 1962 and reverted back to its natural state. In 2015, enthusiast and owner Angelo Mastropietro spent $230,000 to restore it into a romantic, secluded getaway.

The 65-square-meter (700-square-foot) Rockhouse blends contemporary style and comfort with the tranquility of nature. Its interior features a number of luxurious upgrades that you wouldn’t expect in a cavern. This includes: a walk-in “rain forest” shower; heated floors in the shower/dressing room; a fully-equipped kitchen; complimentary Wi-Fi; a music-docking station, and a Nespresso machine. In addition, there is an outdoor kitchen terrace with a gas grill and fire pit.

Mastropietro’s retreat is well-situated for those that want to spend time exploring nature. The area boasts many outdoor attractions, such as 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) of walking trails and the West Midlands Safari Park. Guests can also visit the historic riverside town of Bewdley to enjoy its commercial offerings.


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