Inside 'saddest ever' Grand Designs house that saw family torn apart

By Rosaleen Fenton & Kate Lally

A lighthouse-inspired home that cost the owner his marriage and appeared on the "saddest ever" Grand Designs episode has gone on the market.

Edward Short, 52, has put the Chesil Cliff House up for sale for £10m after working for a decade on the project.

The house featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs and was described as the "saddest episode ever" by many who watched when it aired in October 2019.

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Their new home at Down End Point, a renowned beauty spot in North Devon, would have seen Edward and wife Hazel make a drastic jump from their busy lives in London with daughters Nicole and Lauren.

However, the project ended in disaster as the couple ended up splitting, while the family were plunged into millions of pounds of debt.

The episode followed Edward and his family as they faced blow after blow, leaving the house in Croyde, Devon, unfinished and with the family plunged deep into debt.

Edward Short inside the half-finished luxury lighthouse-inspired home that featured on Grand Designs (© SWNS)

Despite all the problems, Edward remained adamant 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 locations was dashed and he admitted earlier this year he would be forced to sell it.

The home has finally gone on the open market, and Mr Short hasn't held back on what it has cost him personally.

He told the Telegraph last year: "There’s no point in regrets, but obviously if I had any idea of what it would cost the marriage and my family, I wouldn’t have done it. I had started it; it’s not easy to back out of this."

Chesil Cliff House is now on the market (© SWNS)

Despite all the problems, Edward remained adamant he would finish - and now estate agent Knight Frank has announced the sale of the main house and its annexe known as The Eye.

The estate agent described it as "one of the most impressive waterfront homes on the North Devon coast", the Daily Mirror reports.

It comprises of five bedrooms and bathrooms, four reception rooms, a sauna and a cellar.

The property will also include the three-bedroom studio annexe known as The Eye and double garage.

A Knight Frank spokesperson added: "Chesil Cliff House is positioned on a three-acre site between surfers’ paradise Saunton Sands backed by the impressive UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Braunton Burrows, and the idyllic cove of Croyde, beyond which sits National Trust-owned Baggy Point.

The extraordinary house in one of the most picturesque settings in Devon featured on this week's episode of the Channel 4's Grand Designs and was described as the "saddest episode ever" (© SWNS)

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

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

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

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

Edward said earlier the time was right to move on.

He added: "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."

The house has been anchored into the bedrock of the cliff, painstakingly engineered to a level that leaves no possibility for erosional hazard.

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

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

"I've accepted the only way forward is to finish and sell it."

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