Lighthouse-inspired home on ‘saddest ever’ episode of Grand Designs goes on sale for £10million

the light-house inspired property on the Devon cliffs and owner Edward Short
Owner Edward Short and his property (Picture: SWNS)

If this property in Devon looks familiar, that’s because you might have seen it on an episode of Grand Designs.

Chesil Cliff House featured on what’s been described as one of the ‘saddest ever’ episodes of the programme – as it cost the owner his marriage.

But now it could be yours, as the lighthouse-inspired home is currently up for sale at £10million.

Owner Edward Short is selling the property after spending a decade doing renovations, which are due to be completed this spring.

A model of the house when it's completed
How it will look when work is completed (Picture: Alan Phillips Architecture/Apex)
Chesil Cliff House in Croyde
Edward shares how the project cost him so much (Picture: SWNS)

In the Grand Designs episode, which aired in October 2019, Edward explains his run of bad luck, which left the home unfinished and his family in millions of pounds worth of debt.

It also affected Edward’s personal life, causing him and his wife to separate – but he was still determined to finish the project despite these setbacks.

Now, after spending years on the renovations, the house and its annexe The Eye, are up for sale.

Chesil Cliff House in Croyde during the renovations
During the renovation (Picture: SWNS)

Edward said: ‘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.’

Edward Short inside the property
Edward is now selling it (Picture: SWNS)
An artist's impression of how the property will look when it is completed in this year
An artist’s impression of how the property will look when it is completed this year (Picture: Alan Phillips Architecture/Apex)


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The house is anchored on a cliff and is described by estate agent Knight Frank as ‘one of the most impressive waterfront homes on the North Devon coast.’  

It features five bedrooms and bathrooms, four reception rooms, a sauna and a cellar – alongside the three-bedroom studio annexe and a 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.

‘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.’

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