The Rockhouse Retreat
Contemporary rock house in Worcestershire, blending modern comforts with centuries-old original features.
Awake your inner cave dweller at the truly unforgettable Rockhouse Retreat.
As the UK's first contemporary rock house (that's a home carved into a rock if you're wondering!), the Rockhouse Retreat offers tranquillity and seclusion from modern life, giving couples the chance to relax, contemplate and rejuvenate in beautiful surroundings.
Set on the banks of Honey Brook among 3 acres of private Worcestershire woodland, the Rockhouse Retreat was handsculpted over 700 years ago from a Triassic sandstone escarpment (you can still see the original pick axe marks on the walls). Despite providing a cosy haven for centuries to follow, it was sadly abandoned in the early ‘60s. It wasn't until 2015 that owner Angelo Mastropietro restored the Rockhouse - a process that was even featured on BBC's Grand Designs.
Today, the Rockhouse Retreat blends 300-year old original features - including vaulted ceilings, ornamental nooks and an inglenook fireplace - with modern comforts, creating the perfect romantic bolthole.
Banish all thoughts of caves being dark and cold; natural light floods the living and dining areas, while wood fires and under-floor heating keep you warm and cosy even on winter's nights. For places where natural light can't reach, soft LED mood lighting adds ambience, and the whitewashed walls make this cave anything but gloomy.
Get a good night's sleep in the king-sized bed (the animal hide bedspreads provide added cave-appeal!), before taking a refreshing shower in the unique walk-in ‘cave oasis'. Go on to prepare a sumptuous breakfast in the well-equipped kitchen, complete with beautiful bespoke cabinets, butler sink and wooden worktops.
The ‘Everhot' 3-oven range and induction hob will have any budding chef in their element, and the microwave and Nespresso machine make things easier for those who want to spend more of their time relaxing. Ever fancied al fresco cooking? You'll love the outdoor kitchen - complete with BBQ - before dining on the terrace, with the fire pit for warmth and unbeatable views of rolling hillside to savour. You might even enjoy your complimentary bottle of ‘Rockhouse Red' as the sun goes down!
For those who get hot under the collar at the prospect of a complete retreat from civilisation, fear not - the free Wi-Fi allows you to control just how much contact with the outside world you get. Angelo also has a list of reputable local experts who can make your stay even more special, from chefs, to reflexologists, to chauffeurs.
In the unlikely case you are tempted to leave the sanctuary of the Rockhouse during your stay, you'll find a wealth of local attractions nearby, including Wyre Forest, the Severn Valley Railway, Go Ape, West Midlands Safari Park and a range of historical homes and gardens. Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and historic Warwick are in easy driving distance, and for the foodies among you, there are plenty of excellent local gastro-pubs, fine dining restaurants, breweries and wineries for your pleasure.
In all, the Rockhouse Retreat really is the most unique romantic escape. The only problem is that you won't want to leave!
Things to note
from 3pm, minimum stay 2 nights.
Region: Low Habberley, Worcestershire
Cost (from): £195 per night
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 101
King size bed, blackout shutters, wood fire, walk-in rainforest shower, underfloor heated shower/dressing room, towels, fully equipped kitchen with oven and induction hob, fridge, microwave, lounge and dining areas, Nespresso coffee maker, music docking station, free WiFi, mood lighting system, outdoor kitchen terrace and dining area, fire pit, outdoor shower, BBQ.
Please contact the owner directly with any questions.
Golf, steam railway, safari park, Go Ape, National Trust areas, museums, castles, breweries, wineries, walking, cycling
At a glance
- Sleeps 2 - ideal for romantic getaways
- Self-catering made easy with fully-fitted kitchen, as well as outdoor kitchen terrace with gas BBQ
- Complimentary Wi-Fi and music docking station
- Set in 3 acres of private woodland for total seclusion
- Close to Wyre Forest and River Severn
- Ideally situated for West Midlands attractions, including West Midlands Safari Park, Go Ape, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and the NEC