Channel Four Grand Designs 'saddest ever house' which broke up family is on sale for millions

A lighthouse-inspired home in Channel 4’s Grand Designs “saddest ever” home that cost the owner his marriage is on sale for £ 10 million.

Edward Short, 52, said he was finally ready to sell the extraordinary Chesil Cliff House after spending a decade on the ambitious project. It featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs and has been described as the “saddest episode ever” by many who saw it after it aired in October 2019.

The episode followed Edward and his family when a disaster struck the project of leaving the Devon home unfinished and plunging the family into millions of pounds in debt. The show also revealed that the lawsuit had put a strain on Edward’s personal life, which resulted in his split with his wife Hazel.

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Despite all the problems, Edward was adamant that he would finish. But his dream of an idyllic existence in the stunning new cliff-top home in one of Devon’s most picturesque coastal towns was shattered and he admitted earlier this year that he would be forced to sell it.

Edward said it was time to move on. “I’ll always be proud to finish this. I owe it to my family for a real bottom line, but it is time to move on, never deviating from plans and that will always be proud of me. “

The house is located on three hectares between the surfer’s paradise Saunton Sands, which is surrounded by the impressive UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Braunton Burrows, and the idyllic Bay of Croyde. The house was anchored in the bedrock of the cliff, carefully constructed so that there is no risk of erosion.

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Agents named the home one of the most impressive waterfront homes and said they expected “global interest” in the sale.

It will consist of five bedrooms and bathrooms, four reception rooms, a sauna and a cellar. The property will also include the three bedroom studio outbuilding known as The Eye and a double garage.

Edward, a father of two, said he had no choice but to sell it to cover the large amount of money he had to borrow and said the total cost would be £ 6 million. He added, “The past decade has been a marathon – and I’ve gotten used to being a millionaire in debt.

Edward previously apologized to locals who he said were tired of seeing the unfinished gray eyesore at this point, but he also asked them to “stick with it”.

He had told them, “I know it’s a mess and I have to fix it – but when it’s done it will be great. Judge when it’s done. Little did I know it would cost so much in the end, but I have now accepted that I can never live in it again because I have money to pay back, it was my overconfidence and arrogance that brought me here so I do what I have to do. Even if I’m going to sell it, I still find it so exciting to see this concrete skeleton finally come together to form a beautiful building. “

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