Saddest ever Grand Designs house tore family apart and is now on sale for £10m

A property which caused one of the ‘saddest ever’ episodes of Grand Designs has now gone on the market after renovation costs owners millions.

Edward and Hazel Short had ambitious plans to build a family home at Down End Point in North Devon.

However, viewers watched the couple’s dream turn to a nightmare, leaving them millions of pounds in debt and the property unfinished.

The show also revealed that the process had taken a strain on Edward's personal life, resulting in his separating from his wife Hazel.

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

The home was lighthouse-inspired with five bedrooms and bathrooms, four reception rooms, a sauna, a cellar, cinema and a 60ft glass-edged infinity pool.

The property also includes a three-bedroom studio annexe known as The Eye and double garage.

Edward Short, 52, said he is now in a position to sell the extraordinary Chesil Cliff House after spending a decade working on it.

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The dad-of-two, said he had no option but to sell it to cover the large amount of money he had to borrow and said the total costs were set to reach £6m.

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

Property consultancy Knight Frank has now announced the launch of the sale and described it as "one of the most impressive waterfront homes on the North Devon coast."

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.

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"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."

Despite the numerous troubles, Edward remained adamant he would finish the project and is proud to have accomplished his goal.

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."

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