They're the modern Stone Age family... so is this the REAL home of the Flintstones?
Last updated at 1:28 AM on 19th September 2009
It's charmed a generation. The modern Stone Age family with a new-age American twang and 21st century concerns.
And this fascinating stone house, pictured in Nas montanhas de Fafe in Portugal, looks like the perfect place for the Flintstones to live.
Like most contemporary homes, it has a front door, roof, and selection of windows - while the huge spherical boulder on the uphill side of the house and scoop-shaped end give it that prehistoric feel.
The bizarre stone house in Nas montanhas de Fafe, Portugal, looks surprisingly similar to the home of Fred and Wilma in the 1960s cartoon - the Flintstones
The house, with windows, an apparently rusty roof and a chimney, is sandwiched between two bulbous rocks
Fred and Wilma, the lovable stars of the cartoon, which first ran from 1960 to 1966 on American TV, could easily be envisioned walking around the boulder - with pet dinosaur Dino bounding along behind.
With the popular show set in the fictional town of Bedrock, this rare house could be seen as a their real-life hideaway or as a perfect holiday home.
Firm foundations: The prehistoric house could be the perfect holiday home for fans of the Flintstones
A Google Maps image reveals the location of the unusual stone house
Perhaps Fred wanted a break from his best-mate Barney Rubble and his wife Betty, or his daughter Pebbles had a rocky ride with Barney's son Bamm-Bamm.
The Flintstones was the first prime-time animated TV series aimed at adults.
Its loveable characters were adapted for a live film, starring John Goodman as Fred Flintstone, in 1994.
Prehistoric pad: The house in Portugal resembles Fred and Wilma's home