Man Makes Hermit Dream a Reality by Building a House in a 250M-Year-Old Cave


There are those people who dream of mornings where they wake up in a fancy condo in the middle of a bustling city, but there are those who prefer a quiet life in a house located somewhere very close to nature.

Angelo Mastroprieto has the same vision. He ambitions of living in an abode surrounded by trees and leaves not by concrete walls and honking cars.

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Mastroprieto spent over $229,776 so he could transform a 700-year old cave, located in the Wyre Forest atop a 250-million-year-old sandstone cliff, into his personal lair. His magnificent cave makeover was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs in September and mesmerized everyone who has taken a glimpse of it.


Thirty-eight-year-old Mastropietro was originally from Worcestershire, living a successful life as the head of a recruitment company in Australia. But everything changed since that morning Mastropietro woke to a very bad news.


In 2007, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which left him temporarily paralyzed. The tragedy inspired him to live a simple life and get away from all the strife.

Mastropietro did most of the work himself, considering a budget of only almost $150,000. Sure, the work must have tired him out, but the man says it didn’t feel like it since he was as passionate about building the house as he was about setting up a company.

The house is complete with kitchen, shower room, bedroom, and it even has WiFi. Proud of what his unique property, Mastropietro says, “I am 38 years old, and I’m a caveman.”

The house is actually built as a holiday let, but Mastropietro hopes he could use it someday as his permanent home.

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