The Rockhouse Retreat is a house carved into a rock face. It features underfloor heating and has been recognised as one of the top unique staycation spots in the UK.
The home is hidden away in a secluded rural location near Kidderminster. The retreat was sculpted by hand over 700 years ago and was abandoned in 1960. Angelo Mastropietro bought the retreat, and, over the course of eight months, he spent £100,000 remodelling the home into a modern living space.
It took many thousands of man hours to convert the home, and 70 tonnes of rock were excavated. The Channel 4 programme Grand Designs featured it in 2015, and the property is now available to rent as a holiday let. The home’s website describes it as:
“Hidden amongst the tree canopy in three acres of secluded Worcestershire woodland, it is the perfect romantic retreat to rest, relax and rejuvenate your soul whilst listening to the babbling Honey Brook and the hoot of the owls.”
Though the home may look like something from the prehistoric age, inside, it has modern amenities, including underfloor heating to keep the occupants warm and cosy. There is a large bedroom with a wood-burning stove, and a kitchen that is fully fitted. Outside, there is a terrace with a barbecue for alfresco dining.
People don’t need to live in a cave house to enjoy the benefits of underfloor heating. Homes both ancient or modern can be heated economically with this heating solution, which provides a warm, even heat.