Today, we are lucky enough to live a relatively comfortable life, all things considered. This is largely down to great development and intelligent inventions over many centuries. We have it all; electricity, comfortable furniture, advanced machines to make our lives that little bit easier, unlimited clean running water, and countless other benefits of modern day civilization.
However, this wasn’t always the case. For the large part of our history as a species, mankind were forced to live in caves and huts, surviving off the land and seeking shelter where they could find it.
For Angelo Mastropietro, who lives in Worcestershire, UK, returning to the life of ages back is not such a bad thing. In fact, he left his life of comfort and affluence in Australia – as a successfully self-employed man – because he wanted to shake things up. In 2007, Angelo was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He started thinking about what he would actually do with his life.
10 years earlier, he accidentally came into contact with an old cave. It was during a bike ride when all of a sudden it started raining heavily, and so he sought refuge. From the moment he entered the cave, he felt there was something enchanting about it. The cave is reported to be 250 million years old.
When the rain ceased, Angelo left, but he knew he would return. After his MS diagnosis, the time had come. Initially, the cave didn’t look like much, but with a lot of elbow grease – and a fair bit of cash – Angelo was able to change the outside.
He bought the cave, part of a row of living spaces said to be the oldest inhabited rock houses in Europe, for approximately $82,000. That left him about $133,000 to spend on renovation costs, with the project taking him eight long months.
Since then, the house has been featured in several newspapers.
Thanks to Angelo’s exhaustive efforts, the cave now contains all the comforts one would want in a luxury getaway. From running water, to the internet… the place has it all.