Inside Grand Designs’ saddest home that tore the family apart when it went on sale

The owner of Grand Design’s most infamous (and longtime) project, which has been dubbed ‘the saddest episode ever’ by distraught viewers, is finally on the market

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Devon Lighthouse from ‘saddest episode ever’ is still under construction

Like many couples who appear on Grand Designs, Edward and Hazel inspired us with their elaborate plans to build an extremely ambitious family home.

The incredible home of Down End Point, a renowned beauty spot in North Devon, would see them take a drastic leap from their busy life in London, with their daughters Nicole and Lauren.

And this was no ordinary style house (of course it wasn’t – it was Grand Designs after all). The five-bedroom house features a four-story tower from which residents can gaze out to sea.

It was to include four more bedrooms in the main body of the house, a sauna, a cinema and a 60-foot glassed-in infinity pool with views of Croyde Bay.

Edward with graffiti that was sprayed inside the building


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Like every episode of Grand Designs, this one started with a somber Kevin McCloud wearing a helmet on the spot and warning the over-impatient couple that they might have gone overboard.

But Edward confidently told the TV presenter they would be finished in just 18 months and spend no more than £ 1.8million.

However, the project ended in disaster when the couple ended up going their separate ways, while the family was plunged into millions of pounds in debt.

But now the house has finally entered the open market – for £ 10million after Edward Short, 52, spent a decade working on Chesil Cliff House in a bid to upgrade it.

The original house was to have six bedrooms and an infinity pool as well as panoramic views

The house is listed at £ 10million


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The property was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs and was described as “the saddest episode ever” after it aired in October 2019.

And Mr Short has not held back what it cost him personally, as he told The Telegraph last year: “There’s no point in regretting, but obviously if I had any idea what it would cost the marriage and my family, I wouldn’t have done it. I started it, it’s not easy to go back. “

He added: “There were a few days where I looked temptingly at the edge of the cliff and thought life could be better there, but it wouldn’t have helped anyone, did it- I couldn’t let go of this image I had of [the house]. “

Edward finally finished his gigantic project


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But despite all the issues, Edward was adamant he would finish – and now real estate agent Knight Frank has announced the sale of the main house and its annex known as The Eye.

The estate agent described it as “one of the most impressive waterfront homes on the North Devon coast”.

It has five bedrooms and bathrooms, four reception rooms, a sauna and a cellar. The property will also include the annex three bedroom studio known as The Eye and a double garage.

The luxury home inspired by the lighthouse during its construction



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

“Not only does the property benefit from a high design and build quality, it also benefits from a south-facing position and easy water access with a private beach and foreshore.”

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

The property offers panoramic views over the unique location

“It’s iconic in the truest sense of the word and there is nothing else to compare on the market right now.

“It certainly sits at the top of the national coastal waterfront market and I have no doubts that it will generate significant interest globally.”

Edward had said earlier that the time had come to move on.

He added: “I will always be proud to have completed this. I owe my family to have a real end result, but now is the time to move on.

“I will have accomplished what I planned to do, without ever deviating from the plans, and for that I will always be proud.”

The house has been anchored in the rocky base of the cliff, painstakingly designed to a level which leaves no possibility of risk of erosion.

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

He added: “The last ten years have been a marathon chore – and I’ve grown used to being a millionaire in debt.

“I accepted that the only way forward is to finish it and sell it.”

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