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Modern Caveman – Man Builds A $230,000 House In 700-Year-Old Cave


ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: My life before I became
a cave man was really quite different. COMM: The pressures of modern life mean that
most of us have probably dreamt at one time or another of fleeing to the hills. COMM: But Angelo Mastropietro has made his
hermit dream a reality by spending over £160,000 making a house out of a cave. ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: I am 38 years old and
I’m a caveman. ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: You know, I love a challenge.
I mean, I guess coincidentally my surname actually means Master
of the Stone. So you know, maybe it’s kind of in my blood. COMM: He did most of the work himself, even
more incredible when you consider that only a few years ago, the businessman was
diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: I had a lapse that left
me paralysed essentially which was really the catalyst to make me review where
I was at, where I was going and obviously my lifestyle. The rock house kinda
came along, you know without a shadow of a doubt. I was as passionate about that
as I was about setting up my company. COMM: The 250-­million-­year-­old sandstone cliffs near the Wyre Forest are said to have inspired Tolkien when he was writing
Lord of the Rings. It was here that Angelo spent £62,000 on this 700­-year-­old abandoned
cave which he would turn into his very own hobbit hole. With a renovation budget
of £100,000, Angelo set about doing most of the physically demanding work himself. ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: In the end, I spent somewhere round about 1000 hours basically breaking rock, cutting rock,
burrowing rock. You know, totalled somewhere around about 70 or 80 tons of rubble
that I excavated out of this rock house by hand, and really proof of that is
the whole of the terrace outside, is literally 100 square meters of terrace out there. None
of that was there when I started. So that is all of the rubble that I have excavated. COMM: The completed rock house’s impressive
features are anything but Stone Age. It even has Wi­Fi. ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: One of the things that’s
kind of impressive about the restoration is really what you don’t see.
We’ve put ventilation channels in the floor. One of the things that I was quite passionate
about doing was trying to retain the integrity of the rock house by not cutting
in any chasings in to hide wires. This would originally have been the bedroom. These
little nooks either side which I have lit up to give the illusion of kind of light channels
kind of casting light down. ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: Coming through into the
shower room. So we have got under floor heating in here. One of the biggest
kind of engineering feats. This is where I excavated this kind of shelf and then
subsequently I dug down and created this shower. COMM: All of the fresh running water, comes
from Angelo’s own borehole which he sank 18 metres into the ground. ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: This was originally two
separate spaces. So the first task was I excavated this doorway. Start
off at the top and literally cut down, repeat the process so that the whole of the area that you are looking to remove was set into stripes, and then remove the sections of rock,
and just literally repeat, repeat, repeat. 11 days later, it kind of made my way through. COMM: Although the cave house, was originally
built as a holiday let, Angelo still harbours the ambition of one day living full
time in his unusual property. ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: When you’re actually
here, when you see it in person, you get a feel for the place. Literally had
people in tears. You know, I feel incredibly happy, very proud, very honoured. Yeah, it’s
been a very inspiring chapter I think.

100 Comments

Marccella Bermudez de la torre

Jan 1, 2019, 1:17 am Reply

bravo bravo bravo bravo bravo !!!!!

lookeron

Jan 1, 2019, 3:06 am Reply

beautiful space.

ian1856

Jan 1, 2019, 12:09 pm Reply

P.S. The borehole is 80 meters, not 18.

Darin Roberts

Jan 1, 2019, 8:20 pm Reply

Are you single😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎

wudangmtn

Jan 1, 2019, 10:06 pm Reply

Beautiful home – good job!

Layla’s Wonderland

Jan 1, 2019, 2:25 pm Reply

Beautiful

Kim Edwards

Jan 1, 2019, 6:08 pm Reply

wow.. total respect for your accomplishment..well done
.its amazing !!!

woLFSPIce

Jan 1, 2019, 2:48 am Reply

Omg! That's my kind of home!

109gnm

Jan 1, 2019, 2:43 pm Reply

Beautiful work!

Angela Berni

Jan 1, 2019, 10:22 pm Reply

Fantastic Italian creativity !!

Jaimee Naval

Jan 1, 2019, 10:45 pm Reply

it is much better than the beckhams creek cave !

eChild

Jan 1, 2019, 5:40 pm Reply

Beautiful mate. Well done. I’d give my left nut for something like this. Literally!

Nishtha Lama

Feb 2, 2019, 9:57 am Reply

What a hardworking man! The only house I ever made was on a piece of paper. 😛

Ginny Alderson

Feb 2, 2019, 1:39 pm Reply

Seriously impressive and beautiful

Mahri Beneda

Feb 2, 2019, 11:15 pm Reply

Do U need room mate I need room of my own let me know !

Mike Mob

Feb 2, 2019, 7:35 am Reply

Props to this man. What a beautiful home and scenary.

4DNBLOVE Lyfe

Feb 2, 2019, 10:15 pm Reply

WOW

Baby Food

Feb 2, 2019, 6:45 am Reply

What a master piece! Truely stunning!

Amy Marshall-Comperatore

Feb 2, 2019, 7:17 am Reply

Angelo I know of people here in USA with your last name! I so would love to see this home in person beautiful!

Ariel Goldfarb

Feb 2, 2019, 1:47 am Reply

Really nice

Morcz

Feb 2, 2019, 2:00 am Reply

Now, that's a man cave!

Shell Won

Feb 2, 2019, 8:01 pm Reply

Nice… I want a small 1000 ft house so I don’t clean too much

john thompson

Feb 2, 2019, 8:44 pm Reply

a home to be proud of well done 👍

Nikola Tesla

Feb 2, 2019, 8:13 am Reply

Only a small portion was shown. I love it, but must give a thumbs down, because not much shown.

Mary Ann Knox

Feb 2, 2019, 10:51 pm Reply

Amazing

Chica 411

Feb 2, 2019, 12:15 am Reply

Love it good job

E Wood

Feb 2, 2019, 7:34 pm Reply

I love this so much.

Blxnk

Feb 2, 2019, 7:24 am Reply

Like the count of Monte Cristo lol

Izhar fatima

Feb 2, 2019, 3:15 pm Reply

Hi, without disregard to individual choice I would like to put up my independent opinion. The massive investment in solar power and to boast the air-conditioning, refrigerator industry this shallow cover of humans and their relevant position in terms of assuage of the aesthetic senses and nature is the worst form of exploitation.

RogueBanjo64

Feb 2, 2019, 1:22 am Reply

Next time use a pick axe

Ana Angel

Feb 2, 2019, 8:11 pm Reply

O wow..its beautiful.👍🏻

Mieka Degerness

Feb 2, 2019, 7:44 am Reply

Sweet looks cozy awesome job done

sush s.k

Feb 2, 2019, 6:27 pm Reply

You living alone 🙄🙄🙄🙄😱😱😱😵😵😵omg

Miguel I

Feb 2, 2019, 11:52 pm Reply

I bet 100 k of that was spended on saw blades lol.good job brother

BadBadLeroyBrown

Feb 2, 2019, 7:19 am Reply

Embracing his TRUE SAVAGE NATURE….
Caucasians originate from the Caucus Mountains of Russia…
So this guy is essentially embracing his ancestors

out about

Feb 2, 2019, 9:32 am Reply

Hope your health is doing well 😘

Anjy Masmil

Feb 2, 2019, 4:59 pm Reply

This is sooo beautiful

Gregor Miller

Feb 2, 2019, 10:40 pm Reply

Hahahahhaa….the Man Cave rule, man did that make me laugh! Good on you sir, you now must have about 100 people waiting to contract you for the same:)

Boss Hog

Feb 2, 2019, 5:16 am Reply

Should he be considered a caveman when the cave is a vacation home?

Montel Malik

Feb 2, 2019, 5:30 pm Reply

Anybody else thinking about all that silica dust he must have inhaled ?

michal03966

Feb 2, 2019, 12:01 pm Reply

I just might …

nicole Kellington

Feb 2, 2019, 5:42 pm Reply

Incredible!Nothing like health issues to change and motivate ones focus! What an wonderful Cavey Castle…! No house yet but on Keto and fasting and slight carbs now after 8 months but off one BP Pill cholestral down!Lol and hoping to heal more issues going on to eventually come to a better place financially…keep obsessing about tiny homes…this is so unique!Congrats!Such a big vision to accomplish!

Mandeep Singh

Mar 3, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

This guy literally build his own man cave

takeflight

Mar 3, 2019, 12:08 am Reply

Married?

Stan Hickerson

Mar 3, 2019, 3:42 pm Reply

Wilma!

garyography

Mar 3, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

Very tasteful, great job. I love it.
Beautiful, stunning home.

Charles Kulvet

Mar 3, 2019, 11:49 pm Reply

A literal man cave.

W/0Money.

Mar 3, 2019, 4:50 am Reply

This is the future, wake up people.

R. Adams

Mar 3, 2019, 9:52 pm Reply

Nothing wrong with reppping your neanderthal-caucasoid roots; Rep on!

pacificrules

Mar 3, 2019, 3:12 am Reply

True man cave…

Jimmy GOOD888

Mar 3, 2019, 12:11 pm Reply

Man Cave Rules at 2:52, The guy is Wise!

General Malaise

Mar 3, 2019, 12:57 pm Reply

Has he found any fossils?

Susan Ripp

Mar 3, 2019, 1:07 am Reply

this would be my deream house

ileim rolf

Mar 3, 2019, 12:43 am Reply

Do you have to pay property tax?

Chris h.

Mar 3, 2019, 10:55 pm Reply

I hate his accent. Which one of the British regional accents is this one?

Chris h.

Mar 3, 2019, 10:58 pm Reply

What was the reason the cave was created "700 years" ago?

Test Pilot

Mar 3, 2019, 1:36 pm Reply

Awesome. thank you.👍👍

Diz Heller

Mar 3, 2019, 6:26 pm Reply

Wow, wow, superwow! This is totally fantastic! Superwell done!

Donna Mason

Mar 3, 2019, 2:16 pm Reply

Awesome!!! Very nicely beautiful. Thanks for sharing. ♡ from texas usa

Mikheil T.

Mar 3, 2019, 5:57 pm Reply

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demix edit

Mar 3, 2019, 12:51 am Reply

Mein minecraft belike

Jeannie Swenson

Apr 4, 2019, 3:29 pm Reply

We have a place here called Hole in the Rock. It's a cave home that a family lived in for years until the couple passed away, they are now buried out behind it.

Mouras Encantadas

Apr 4, 2019, 6:18 am Reply

Looks like a Hobbit hole

Marist Old Boys

Apr 4, 2019, 10:17 am Reply

WIFI?? You're in The Hall of the Mountain King

Pro Pro

Apr 4, 2019, 3:50 am Reply

This makes me want to pursue passions I don’t know yet

Polly Monopoly

Apr 4, 2019, 6:28 am Reply

He looks like a caveman. No disrespect

Layput

Apr 4, 2019, 10:20 am Reply

Where is Mrs. Caveman?

Emma Cat

May 5, 2019, 4:57 pm Reply

Cool! It's like a Minecraft cave home.

kent neumann

May 5, 2019, 4:41 am Reply

Very impressive. And to add on a room all he has to do is fire up his diamond blade saw and knock out another big hole.

I would make a secret underground batcave type workshop.

A room for my gun collection and ammo.

And a shroomery.
And a hydroponic grow room for vegetables and hydro buds.

And a meth lab.

And a sex dungeon where no one can hear you scream…

In ecstasy. What were YOU thinking?

ChubbaChuba

May 5, 2019, 4:17 am Reply

He’s so damn handsome

Olga Garcia

May 5, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

Minecraft

Adam Daichendt

Jun 6, 2019, 7:14 am Reply

Pretty damn good looking
Cavman!!😍beautiful home
Too!!

Judy Thomas

Jun 6, 2019, 8:11 pm Reply

Top job

Kelly Kelly

Jun 6, 2019, 10:19 pm Reply

Absolutely stunning!!!!! 😁🤗❤❤❤

copyright1982

Jun 6, 2019, 3:01 pm Reply

Damn. Angelo's hot

viris treso

Jun 6, 2019, 6:01 am Reply

😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😊🤗🤗hermosa saludos de México

Corinne Contino

Jul 7, 2019, 6:40 am Reply

THAT IS THE MOST GORGEOUS COTTAGE HOME I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL I AM LITERALLY IN TEARS. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR TALENT AND BEAUTIFUL HEART THAT YOU HAVE… AND I THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

Corinne Contino

Jul 7, 2019, 6:43 am Reply

Do you have a lady friend? To join you in this beautiful heart that you have?

Corinne Contino

Jul 7, 2019, 6:48 am Reply

after seeing what you have done and the Beautiful art that you have designed makes me feel like I really haven't accomplished anything in my life… You are truly an amazing amazing man… I can picture my flower shop looking something as precious as this. Thank you for showing and sharing your home… Corinne Contino

ELIAKIM Joseph Sophia

Jul 7, 2019, 6:55 pm Reply

Amazing achievement.

The canary Is dead

Jul 7, 2019, 4:12 am Reply

Need a husband? Wife? I'll be anything you want

Dan 1

Jul 7, 2019, 10:12 pm Reply

Dumb lol

Ruangthong ngamsamai

Jul 7, 2019, 12:39 pm Reply

Nature.. Beautiful🎉👍(ของขวัญที่ดีของคุณ)

The samson

Jul 7, 2019, 5:15 pm Reply

A real man cave

Crew Chief

Jul 7, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

This house rocks

Saved by God’s Grace.

Jul 7, 2019, 6:59 pm Reply

Grand designs. .Kevin mcloud..👍

何雅瑩

Jul 7, 2019, 5:14 pm Reply

太讚

андрей землянухин

Jul 7, 2019, 1:01 pm Reply

Молодец мужик!

Never higs

Jul 7, 2019, 12:29 am Reply

from what material are the internal plaster please?

hey whats this

Jul 7, 2019, 2:44 am Reply

Who else typed in “real life Angelo Rock” and just stumbled upon this

Henry Coats

Jul 7, 2019, 1:34 am Reply

How is it possible NOT to absolutely LOVE this. Fantastic job.

kivemmuorto

Aug 8, 2019, 2:09 pm Reply

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Anthony Driver

Aug 8, 2019, 7:23 pm Reply

Well done you shoud be proud i was going to say lucky but you make your own luck and you have just proved that ,good luck with your future 👍👍👍

Cam Knopp

Aug 8, 2019, 7:09 pm Reply

Someone has been playing too much Minecraft

null object

Aug 8, 2019, 12:47 pm Reply

What a cool man, a great story.

gourmet cavewoman

Aug 8, 2019, 3:17 am Reply

Beautiful

xXForRealZXx playZ

Aug 8, 2019, 1:24 pm Reply

Minecraft in real life

Keith Jackson

Aug 8, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

Very, very interesting. Now that's a home. Thanks for the idea. I love it.

Matthew Goodwin

Aug 8, 2019, 12:40 am Reply

When a caveman does better job at carpentry than you

Matthew Goodwin

Aug 8, 2019, 12:41 am Reply

I would love to live that house

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