Hobbit hole with underfloor heating becomes holiday property
A 800-year-old cave house is now available for holidaymakers to rent.
Angelo Mastropietro transformed the cave in just eight months. His unique renovation journey was filmed by Channel 4.
Mastropietro, who has MS, did virtually all of the work himself, in spite of his condition leaving him temporarily paralysed. During the renovation, he had to move 70 tonnes of rock. The restoration process was made even trickier by the fact that the property had lain empty since 1962.
The cave house is located in the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire, which is semi-natural woodland and forest that covers 10.17 sq. miles. Interestingly, this hobbit-hole is located very close to the sandstone cliffs that are said to have inspired J.R.R Tolkien to write his Hobbit trilogy.
Mastropietro completed the transformation in 2015 and is now giving others the chance to stay in his unique cave house. It is finished to a high standard, including Wi-Fi and underfloor heating.
This is a form of heating that works particularly well in period properties. The fact that there are no radiators is a big plus for unique properties like this one. For the owner, there is no struggle to get these modern fixtures to blend in with the character of rooms that were created long before radiators were invented. The fact that electric underfloor heating is so efficient also helps; it makes heating what can be very chilly properties far easier. Without a good heating system, this cave house would not be such a pleasant place to stay.