The Rockhouse Retreat Media Coverage
Andi Peters filming for GMTV and The Lorraine Kelly Show.
Since the birth of The Rockhouse Retreat in 2015, it has garnered extensive attention from numerous corners of the media world. The unique blend of modern comforts and a Palaeolithic charm has captured the imaginations of many.
Mainstream coverage first appeared in September 2015 when it was featured on Channel 4's flagship programme 'Grand Designs' hosted by inspiring television personality Kevin McCloud. This highlighted the beauty and splendour of The Rockhouse Retreat, also informing viewers of the short 9-month turnaround on the project. Despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007 and being temporarily paralysed in 2008, most of the gruelling work was carried out by owner & creator Angelo Mastropietro.
Kevin McCloud Presenter of Grand Designs at The Rockhouse Retreat
(Views across the Wyre Forest from The Rockhouse Retreat Terrace)
The exposure from featuring on Grand Designs led to a storm of appearances in various newspapers across the country. The BBC sent reporter Ben Sidwell to the property in October 2015 and he was greeted with a tour of the 800-year-old dwelling. The West Midlands newspaper The Express and Star also covered the Retreat, calling it “a home that would make anyone jealous”.
The wonder and magic of the Rockhouse Retreat also extends further than Britain, with the American news outlet CBS News covering the property in their article on “Ten Homes Which Hide in Plain Sight”, along with other properties in the United States and the rest of the world.
The Daily Mirror also covered this architectural marvel in January 2016 calling it “an ambitious makeover” and bringing attention to the modern amenities of The Rockhouse Retreat which includes modern day luxuries, green energy and running water from an onsite borehole filtered by the bedrock.
The Rockhouse Retreat gained widespread exposure in June 2016, when the online media outlet Barton Media and 'The Lad Bible' released a video highlighting all of the work that went into designing and building the luxurious resort, branding it a “real man cave”. The video itself received massive attention online, gaining over 3.4 Million views within just 24 hours testimony to how it captures peoples imagination and it's splendour!
Since the initial explosion in the popularity of The Rockhouse Retreat, it has still managed to feature in the media and provoke the imaginations of those who view it. Below, are some of the other outlets to mention The Rockhouse.
Angelo tunnelling through six foot of rock to connect the bedroom to what became the heart shaped cave oasis shower room. This task alone took eleven gruelling days of excavating