Our new project House (and rock cave houses)

Our new project House (and rock cave houses)

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CTO

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2,269 posts

181 months

Monday 27th September
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Afternoon all,

Thought I would start a thread on our recent purchase (completed last Tuesday).

We managed to secure the house by putting a note through the front door when we drove past one day in March 2021. One thing led to another and after some gentle management we finally managed to get it over the line….

The house comes with approximately an acre of land, some cliffs and five rock caves. Two of the caves were houses and people lived in them until as recently as the mid 1900’s.

The house itself hasn’t been lived in for five years or so. It previously belonged to a sound tech/manager/producer for Robert Plant and the Rolling Stones (Benjy Le Fevre). Benjy sold it a couple in 2003 and it appears to have gradually been left to deteriorate until they moved out altogether in 2016.

There are numerous “urbex” type videos on YouTube of people exploring what is now our garden and our caves and I will add the links in for those who are interested.

So, some pics

First visit and viewing in March 2021

Interior:








The plot of land:



Frontage:


Rock Houses and caves in garden;




View from rear garden down to back of house


View from side of garden back to house

Found a greenhouse!


After an awful lot of patience on our part we completed on 21 Sept 21. It should have been the simplest of transactions as no chain and mostly cash buyers but it wasn’t. The unwillingness of the previous owners to outlay even the smallest amount of cash meant that they instructed cheap solicitors (who took their money and ran) and refused every offer obtained for them to have the house and land cleared.

Anyhoo, moving onto the last week. As we had some sunny weather I thought I would get cracking with clearing some of the garden. Ultimately it will all be landscaped and a new drive etc put in but I wanted to see what we had gotten ourself into smile

Night before completion, a quick visit with fingers crossed..


Day of completion. Frontage of house a bit of a mess


Garden with cave to the right hand side. Buried in brambles




“Path” to side of house, buried in foliage

Started some clearing to make a path


And found the gate which I knew was there but needed to uncover for plant equipment deliveries…


So I did the only thing I thought was the right thing.. and managed to get our tip car/st box Corsa up the hill and into the garden..




Took a bit of coaxing and some smoke….


Then did some more clearing;





To be continued…….

Edited by CTO on Wednesday 29th September 22:49

OpulentBob

12,418 posts

151 months

Monday 27th September
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Interested in this, looks brilliant. Whereabouts in the world is it?

Megaflow

7,837 posts

196 months

Monday 27th September
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In.

CharlesElliott

1,239 posts

253 months

Monday 27th September
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Looks like a cool project.

CTO

Original Poster:

2,269 posts

181 months

Monday 27th September
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So, this takes us to Thursday evening of last week….

Corsa in the garden


Friday; flail mower delivered


Garden clearing begins in earnest…

From this;

To this



Cleared the front a bit smile


Rock houses reappear


“Found” a wasps nest and got stung….

Killed it with fire:


This should be a video if you click it. Starts with my OH saying the famous last words of “is this dangerous?) laugh


Chopped down my first ever tree using a chainsaw for the first ever time smile


With Doggo for perspective;


Beer time;


If people are interested, I will try to keep some form of chronological picture account going on PH.

The plan is for the house to be taken back to brick inside, extended with a double height glass rear and internal mezzanine looking down to the kitchen area.

The caves are listed and will remain as they are, however the top cave on the cliff face will have a decking out front, a fire pit and a glass balcony front for us to be able to sit and look at the views and have a few vinos smile

To give you an idea of the place: YouTube “urbex”
videos are viewable here. Ignore the back stories that they give the place… made up rubbish..

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=skyupUg8sSQ

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QcG9tQbFGAA

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IhzQJaGQXpI

The videos above give much more detail to the contents of the rock houses and the people who lived there. You should also be able to see the top cave and our plan to have it as a snug/chill out area..

There is also a video on YouTube of the previous Rock House occupants finally getting a proper house…. In 1959…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NykE6V3VNhE

My MIL remembers Annie Smith and has been to her “new house”. She was very relieved apparently as no she no longer needs to sweep her roof (as seen @16s)

laugh







Edited by CTO on Monday 27th September 20:25


Edited by CTO on Monday 27th September 20:28

clio007

378 posts

196 months

Monday 27th September
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Oh go on. How much?

23.7

22,856 posts

154 months

Monday 27th September
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OpulentBob said:
Interested in this, looks brilliant. Whereabouts in the world is it?
I'm guessing Shropshire, plenty of troglodytes there.

bristolbaron

3,298 posts

183 months

Monday 27th September
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It looks like an incredible place, looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

23.7 said:
I'm guessing Shropshire, plenty of troglodytes there.
The last YT video says mid wales, so close!

GT89

321 posts

84 months

Monday 27th September
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That is a very cool house / land / caves.

I am jealous !

joestifff

660 posts

77 months

Monday 27th September
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Amazing

This can't have enough pictures.

OpulentBob

12,418 posts

151 months

Monday 27th September
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bristolbaron said:
It looks like an incredible place, looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

23.7 said:
I'm guessing Shropshire, plenty of troglodytes there.
The last YT video says mid wales, so close!
I got Kidderminster from the historic video?

Ace-T

7,320 posts

226 months

Monday 27th September
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Bookmarked. smile

Make sure you add it to the build wiki.

gregs656

7,502 posts

152 months

Monday 27th September
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In for this one.

Easternlight

2,876 posts

115 months

Monday 27th September
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Brilliant. Well done for taking that on.
Flail mower sounds like fun!! ( in a lethal sort of way)

CharlesdeGaulle

18,990 posts

151 months

Monday 27th September
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This is going to be brilliant. What a fantastic project, and thanks for sharing.

4Q

2,878 posts

115 months

Monday 27th September
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In, and looking forward to this thread.

CTO

Original Poster:

2,269 posts

181 months

Monday 27th September
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Evening all,

You’re very welcome wrt to sharing. There will no doubt be some calamities along the way laugh


Location: Worcestershire, near Kidderminster

Flail mower was a bit lethal in a rapidly moving spinny blades kinda fashion. If you look at one of the pictures of the garden you will see a small drop off….. I dropped off that following the flail mower which was in gear and making progress… think a lemming in a garden and you’ll be quite close to what it looked and felt like….

I should add a disclaimer in here that prior to last Tuesday I had never used a brush cutter/chainsaw and didn’t know what a flail mower was…

Thanks to YouTube I am now basically an expert wink

Bonus has been that I get to buy lots of toys without having to justify them too much.

Since last week I now have
Stihl chainsaw
Chainsaw trousers
Chainsaw gloves
Chainsaw helmet
Stihl FS 460 Brushcutter
Associated work gear and harness

Hired brush cutter v new purchase smile


All of the noms…


The below is where I tried to pull down the greenhouse frame with the flail mower. Even in low gear and with diff lock on it still wouldn’t budge…..


The family member in the pic came back today with a disc cutter and cut it into pieces for collection tomorrow…..

CTO

Original Poster:

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181 months

Monday 27th September
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Made friends with the woman who runs the butty van on the road from our current house to the project house….
Priorities:


View from top of garden rock house down towards the back corner of the house:


Cheers all,

Edited by CTO on Tuesday 5th October 18:19

dudleybloke

17,019 posts

157 months

Monday 27th September
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A lovely part of the world, how far from the canal are you?

CTO

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Monday 27th September
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Nearest one would be “The Lock” pub at Wolverley. I’d say maybe couple of miles or so…