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Grand Designs build which ‘tore family apart’ after ‘10 years of hell’ set to hit the market for £10 million

A GRAND Design build which viewers hailed the “saddest ever episode” is set to hit the market for a whopping £10million after 10 years of “hell”.

Chesil Cliff House and its annexe known as The Eye in North Devon was the brainchild of Edward Short, and it “tore his family apart”. 

Chesil Cliff House is set to hit the market with Knight Frank at the end of this year with a guide price of £10million

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Chesil Cliff House is set to hit the market with Knight Frank at the end of this year with a guide price of £10millionCredit: Channel 4
Grand Designs viewers dubbed Edward Short's episode the 'saddest project ever' after it ended up looking like a 'bunker'

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Grand Designs viewers dubbed Edward Short’s episode the ‘saddest project ever’ after it ended up looking like a ‘bunker’Credit: SWNS:South West News Service

The project plunged the family into debt and put an irreparable strain on his marriage to wife Hazel.

Work began on the lighthouse in an episode of the Channel 4 show back in 2010.

The ambitious project featured plans for a round four-story tower, five bedrooms, four reception rooms, an infinity pool, a sauna and a cellar – alongside with the three-bedroom studio The Eye next door.

Ed and his family were supposed to move into the property in Down End once construction was completed, but the project spiralled out of control and became one of the show’s most famous episodes when Ed lost everything.

But now property consultancy Knight Frank has announced the forthcoming launch of the long-awaited property, which is due for completion at the end of 2021.

Chesil Cliff House and The Eye will launch to the open market with a guide price of £10million at the end of this year.

Interested parties can now register their interest through Knight Frank.


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They wrote of the unique property: “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. 

“When complete, Chesil Cliff House will be one of the most impressive waterfront homes on the North Devon coast. 

“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.”

Edward commented, “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.”

Christopher Bailey, Head of National Waterfront, Knight Frank, commented, “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.”

Speaking of arduous build on Grand Designs, Ed told presenter Kevin McCloud: “I have to take it on the chin – my ambitional vanity has probably collapsed the marriage. That’s the truth.”

He also revealed he needed an extra £2 million to get the project completed.

The lighthouse went on to sit neglected for years before work finally resumed last year.

Ed’s story is one that has stuck in Kevin’s mind, with him telling Stuff recently: “That was an amazing story – things just spiralled.

“Many people reacted to it and thought we were (spinning) a moral tale. But we didn’t set out to push a moral tale. The build was supposed to be a beautiful folly.

“I already happened to know the architect, and it was a great location with a great group of people. It was all fitting into place. But when it did spiral, it went very badly wrong.”

An artist's rendering of what the finished design should look like, with a glass-fronted infinity pool

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An artist’s rendering of what the finished design should look like, with a glass-fronted infinity poolCredit: Channel 4
Host Kevin met Edward, 50, and Hazel, who have spent a decade building the home and have around £4million in debt
Host Kevin met Edward, 50, and Hazel, who have spent a decade building the home and have around £4million in debt
The lighthouse went on to sit neglected for years before work finally resumed last year - and the end is in sight

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The lighthouse went on to sit neglected for years before work finally resumed last year – and the end is in sightCredit: SWNS
The project plunged the family into debt and put an irreparable strain on his marriage to wife Hazel

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The project plunged the family into debt and put an irreparable strain on his marriage to wife HazelCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

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