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'Saddest Ever' Grand Designs House Goes On Sale

Claire Reid

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'Saddest Ever' Grand Designs House Goes On Sale

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A Devonshire mansion, which featured in the ‘saddest ever’ episode of Grand Designs, has gone on sale for £10 million. 

Set on the cliffs of Croyde, Chesil Cliff House featured in an episode of the Channel 4 show back in 2019, where viewers were introduced to Edward Short, 52. 

However, his dream project turned into a bit of a nightmare after he was hit with numerous setbacks due to the contractor, financial stresses and covid. 

Credit: Frank Knight
Credit: Frank Knight

Short, who has separated from his wife since the show aired, was initially told the property would be put on the market - with a £10m price tag - by the end of 2021, but the whole thing was hit with a slew of snags. 

Earlier this year, he revealed he was still waiting to get the last bits finished, including the tiling for the swimming pool and re-do of the driveway.

Speaking to the Daily Star at the time, he said: "It is not finished yet but it is due to go on the market in May or June so hopefully we are near the finish line."

He added: "I've been doing this build for more than 10 years - so have gone past headaches now and built a lot of resilience."

Credit: Frank Knight
Credit: Frank Knight

Now, the place is finally on the market - albeit in need of flooring in a few rooms. 

He told The Times: "I could put £300,000 worth of flooring in but it would just end up in a skip because it is my taste.

"Whoever buys it will want to do their own thing. I spent all my money trying to make the pool as big as I can, and the spaces as interesting, and the engineering as solid as it can be.

"If you had limitless money there is still a lot of fun to be had here - I should have had more money personally before starting it. It was all borrow, borrow."

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

As for his future plans now the gaff is finally on the market, speaking back in April, he said: "I can not make any plans of what I do next until it is sold - but I would be very surprised if they involved any more big build projects. I think I need a physiatrist and help with PTSD.

"I’ll always be proud to have finished this. I owe it to my family to have a real end result, but the time has come to move on.

"I will have achieved what I set out to do, never deviating from the plans, and for that I’ll always be proud.

"These past ten years have been a marathon slog - and I have got used to being a millionaire in debt."

Topics: UK News, TV and Film

Claire Reid
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