Bored of that humdrum lifestyle? Fancy forgetting that day-to-day routine for a more adventurous life away from it all? Well before you start filling for planning permission to build the most ‘out there’ house on the market, take a look at these ones first. But beware, because once you’re out there…there’s no chance of you just popping out to the shop.
House On Ellidaey Island: Iceland
On the beautiful Island of Ellidaey, sits a house shrouded in mystery. It is said to be believed that five families, who hunted puffins and raised cattle, lived here over 300 years ago. However, by the 1930, the island was abandoned, as life so far from civilisation became difficult. Maybe you could take on the challenge?
Wordie House: Winter Island, Antarctica
Wordie House is of historic importance as an example of an early British scientific base.The base lies off the southernmost continent’s west coast and initially accommodated between four to five explorers. It was fashioned using materials from an abandoned whaling station in the late 1940. Inside, it offers a kitchen and living room, office, dog room, generator hut, and toilet.
Eremo di San Colombano: Trambileno-Rovereto, Italy
According to legend, the hermit San Colombano arrived in Trambileno and is said to have killed the dragon responsible for the death of children baptised in the waters of the river Leno. The hermitage or “hermit’s cave” was used by monks, hermits, who were its guardians until 1782, when the practice of the hermitage was abolished. Since then the place of worship was later cared for by the inhabitants of the valley.It is most notable for its location in the side of a mountain. Built in the eighth century monastery is not quite the party pad some may be looking for. Perched in the cliff, the only way to get to the front door is up a staircase of 102 steps, which have been carved into the rock.
Long Studio: Fogo Island, Canada
For anyone with a creative flare, this is the place for you. Sitting above the wave-breaking cliffs is this long and narrow secluded getaway. With panoramic views of the North Atlantic it would be hard to not gain some creative inspirations…which is handy as it now serves as an artist’s studio.The concept of the long studio responds to the transition of the seasons, the half open half enclosed represents spring and the beginning of seasonal activity. The most exposed area is to allow in summers light, whilst the main body of the building is fully enclosed to provide protection and solitude from the outside environment but still connecting with the landscape. Very artsy indeed.
Katskhi Pillar: Chiatura, Georgia
Now this may look like something out of Avatar, but I promise you it’s real. Hoisted up into the sky on a natural limestone monolith, is this monastery. Only accessible via a ladder, you’d want to be pretty sober to get yourself up and back down in tact. Despite being a Church, there is also evidence of an ancient wine cellar. Heights and booze…always a good mix.
Moonhole: Bequia, Grenadines
Moonhole was founded by Thomas and Gladys Johnston in the 1960s. The name derives from a massive arch formed in volcanic substrate through which the setting moon is sometimes visible. Although it is now used as a nature preserve. Using whale bones, local wood, and objects salvaged from the sea it was fashioned into a quirky estate that looks as though it’s grown right out of the rock.
Cliff House: Australia
This home is not for the faint hearted. Although still only in the conceptual stages, this gravity-defying four-story home should still be known. The design itself will be mounted (lets hope VERY securely) to Australia’s rock face. Unlike most houses (what a surprise) this home will have a living room at the top, bedrooms further down and an enclosed glass patio at the bottom…so you can see the crashing waves below. Talk about living on the edge…
House of Stone: Guimarães, Portugal
Built in 1974 in between four giant boulders is this isolated retreat. and located in the Fafe mountains of northern Portugal, A Casa do Penedo, or “the House of Stone”. Although the house may seem rustic, it is not lacking in amenities, which include a fireplace and a swimming pool–carved out of one of the large rocks. However, there is no electricity in this home, so you might be out of luck on the wifi front.
Solvay Hut: Zermatt, Switzerland
A home with a view. This mountain hut is one of the tallest in the region at over 13,000 feet and was built back in 1915. If you bravely ascend the northeastern ridge of the Matterhorn to its front door, there are 10 beds inside to greet you. Perfect.