When faced with a life-altering disease, many of us decide to take life easier, downsize our homes and live in the moment. Angelo Mastropietro did this in 2007 when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Unlike most of us, who would move from a house to an easy-maintenance condo, this Brit found himself an abandoned cave, englarged it and created a cozy cottage.
The bright and pleasant 667-square-foot home has whitewashed barrel-roofed rooms, radiant heating, wood-burning fireplaces, wi-fi and something we most covet, an Aga stove. There’s fresh water from his own well, which feeds the crazy cool river-rock rainhead shower.
Putting physicality into his recuperation, the owner also hand-dug-and-lugged enough stone — 70 to 80 tons’ worth, he thinks — out of the cave to create an 1,100-square-foot terrace, where you can — thanks to it now being listed on airbnb — sit with a glass of wine and listen to three acres’ worth of British birdsong.
To see the video please go to: http://news.nationalpost.com/homes/would-you-live-in-a-700-year-old-cave-ok-what-if-it-had-underfloor-heating-and-wi-fi
Source: National post, 1/21/2016