00:01 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: My life before I became a cave man was really quite different. 00:11 COMM: The pressures of modern life mean that most of us have probably dreamt at one time or another of fleeing to the hills.
00:20 COMM: But Angelo Mastropietro has made his hermit dream a reality by spending over 160,000 making a house out of the cave. 00:35 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: I am 38 years old and Im a caveman. 00:41.
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 its kind of in my blood. 00:51 COMM: He did most of the work himself, even more incredible when you consider the only a few years ago, the businessman was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
01:01 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: I had a lapse that left me paralysed essentially which was really the catalyst to make a 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. 01:25.
Comm: the 250millionyearold 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 700yearold 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. 01:52.
Angelo mastropietro: in the end, i had spent somewhere round about 1000 hours basically breaking rock, cutting rock, burrowing rock. You know, total 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.
02:21 COMM: The completed rock houses impressive features are anything but Stone Age. It even has WiFi. 02:28 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: One of the things thats kind of impressive about the restoration is really what you dont see. Weve 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 the many casings into the hard wires. This could 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. 03:04 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: Coming through into the shower room. So we have got.