If you enjoyed the homes I featured last week, made from glass with plenty of light and great views, what will you think of this week’s At Home feature?
They are pretty much the polar opposite – homes made deep in caves. Of course this type of dwelling goes back millennia.
And we still feel a strong bond with this ancestral home – ever talked about needing a man cave?
Inevitably they grew more and more sophisticated like this veritable rock village at Matera in Italy.
This one is in Kniver Edge in Staffordshire where rock dwellings have been carved out of the red sandstone cliff.
They are pretty cosy inside and you can visit them as they are now owned by the National Trust.
France has quite a few sites like this one including in Loire and Dordogne Valley. Some are available for holiday rentals.
It could be great fun to stay in and experience life deep in a hillside – not too many hardships visible in the image above.
But I absolutely know I would not choose to live in one full time – even with a romantic bathroom!