When the site was deserted in 1962 it reverted back to its ‘natural state’ – until it was painstakingly and sympathetically refurbished in 2015 ‘almost single handedly’ by enthusiast and owner Angelo Mastropietro. Check out the Rockhouse below along with an interview with Angelo in a video segment by Barcroft TV.
As much a sculpture as it is a dwelling, The Rockhouse has been carefully planned out and features stylish creature comforts such as under floor heating, rainforest shower and clever ambient lighting for a nurturing and natural ambience. The holiday retreat is currently available for rent through Airbnb or direct via their website.
According to the BBC, Angelo Mastropietro came across the site near Kidderminster when he sheltered there during a rain storm in 1999. He bought it at auction for £62,000 in 2010 after seeing it advertised as a ‘Fred Flintstone’ house, and submitted a planning application to Wyre Forest District Council.
Angelo spent around 1,000 hours breaking, cutting and burrowing the rock, excavating between 70 and 80 tons of rubble by hand. All of the fresh running water comes from Angelo’s own bore hole, which he sank 80 metres into the ground. [source]