Inside the ‘saddest’ Grand Designs home for sale after family split

The most infamous Grand Design project, dubbed “the saddest episode ever” by heartbroken viewers, has hit the market with a multi-million pound price tag.

Edward and Hazel Short had detailed plans for the unusual five-bedroom lighthouse-style property when it appeared on the Channel 4 show in October 2019.

The incredible home, featuring its own four-story tower overlooking the ocean, is located at Down End Point, a well-known beauty spot in North Devon.

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The property will see the couple taking a huge leap from their busy lives in London to build a wildly ambitious family home for their daughters Nicole and Lauren.

It was determined to include a further four bedrooms, a sauna, a cinema and a 60 ft glass-edged infinity pool with views of Croyd Bay in the main part of the house.

Like every episode of Grand Designs, it began with a sad Kevin McCloud wearing a hard hat on site and warning the over-eager couple that they could outgrow themselves.

But Edward confidently told the TV presenter that they would be finished in just 18 months, and would cost no more than £1.8 million.

Chesil Cliff House in Croyd, Devon

However, the project became the longest running project in the show’s history and ended in disaster As the couple split up, the family ran into millions of pounds in debt.

But now that the house has finally gone on the open market for £10 million, Edward, 52, spent a decade working on the Chesil Cliff House to bring it up to scratch.

And he didn’t hold back on how it has hurt him personally.

He told the Telegraph last year: “There’s no point in regretting it, but obviously if I had an idea of ​​what the wedding and my family would cost, I wouldn’t have done it.

“I started it, it’s not easy to get back from it.”

Edward with graffiti that has been sprinkled inside the building
Edward with graffiti that has been sprinkled inside the building

Edward said: “There were days when I gazed seductively at the edge of the cliff and thought life might be better there, but that doesn’t help anyone, right? I couldn’t let go of the image I had of me. was near [the house], ,

But despite all the problems, Edward was adamant that he would complete the project – and now estate agent Knight Frank has announced the sale of the main house and its annex to The Eye.

The estate agent described it as “one of the most impressive waterfront homes on the North Devon Coast”.

It includes five bedrooms and bathrooms, four reception rooms, a sauna and basement, as well as a three bedroom studio annex and double garage.

A spokesman for Knight Frank said: “Chesill Cliff House is located on a three-acre site between surfer’s paradise Saunton Sands, which supports the impressive UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Braunton Burroughs and the idyllic of Croyd, next to which is the National Trust’s National Trust. Owned Buggy. Point.

“Not only does the property boast of high design and construction quality, it also has a south facing position and ease of access to the water with a private beach and foreshore.”

Christopher Bailey, Head of National Waterfront Knight Frank, said: “The Chesil Cliff House will for many years be the most important coastal property to come on the open market in the West Country.

“It is iconic in the true sense of the word and there is nothing else to compare it to in the market right now.

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Edward Short, owner of the lighthouse-inspired home featured on Grand Designs, while the house was being built

“It certainly sits at the top of the national waterfront market and I have no doubt that it will attract keen interest globally.”

Edward said it was time to move on.

“I will always be proud to have accomplished this,” he said. “I’m indebted to my family for delivering a real end result, but it’s time to move on.

“I would have achieved what I set out to do, never deviated from plans, and for that I will always be proud.”

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A more recent shot of the luxury lighthouse-inspired Croyd Home that was featured on Grand Designs before it was finally completed

The house is anchored in a bedrock of rock, painstakingly engineered to a level with no potential for any erosion hazard.

Edward said he had no choice but to sell it to cover the large sum of money he had to borrow.

He said: “These past ten years have been a marathon slog – and I’ve gotten used to being a millionaire in debt.

“I’ve accepted that the only way forward is to dismantle it and sell it.”

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