“I’m 38 years old and I’m a caveman.”
That is how Angelo Mastropietro describes himself. But Mastropietro’s idea of a caveman’s dwellings isn’t exactly primal. He has built a luxury residence inside of a 700-year-old cave in England. The cave is part of Wyre Forest’s sandstone cliffs, which are said to have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien while he was writing The Lord of the Rings.
The rock house was last lived in in 1962 before Mastropietro, whose surname means “master of the stone,” began renovating it. Even though he suffers from multiple sclerosis and had previously been paralyzed, Mastropietro did much of the work himself. He estimates that he spent approximately 1,000 hours breaking, cutting, and burrowing rock. In total, he excavated between 70-80 tons of rubble from the cave. The rock that was removed from the dwelling was eventually used for the terrace which extends the length of the cave dwelling.
Even though the walls of the residence are millions of years old, there are many modern amenities inside such as Wi-Fi, heated floors in the bathroom (which also has the coolest shower you’ve ever seen), and a full-service kitchen. Eventually, Mastropietro hopes to make the cave his full-time dwelling, but for now it serves as a holiday retreat. And if you want to live like a hobbit, the space is available for rent, startng at $276 per night.