Grand Designs 'saddest ever home' in Devon split into two

A luxury Devon property featured in Grand Design’s ‘saddest ever’ episode is being sold as two homes after a £10,000,000 sale reportedly missed the deadline.

Harry Styles was once a rumoured buyer of the seafront mansion in Croyde, which cost owner Edward Short his marriage to former wife, Hazel, and put him £7million in debt.

Since the former couple’s renovation efforts of the home, which originally cost £1.4million, were the focus of an episode of the Channel 4 programme hosted by Kevin McCloud, it has been listed for sale for £10m.

However, after failing to find a buyer to cough up the huge sum, the home has been split into two, with the main property Cheshil Cliff House listed at £7.5m at estate agent Knight Frank.

The mansion’s three-bedroom annex, The Eye, which was previously part of the main complex, is now available to purchase on its own, with the listing stating it is ‘available by separate negotiation.’

A source told the Daily Mail: ‘The sale of Cheshil Cliff House in its entirety is very much on. It has only been put back on the market, because certain deadlines for the sale have passed.

‘Ed is still confident that the original interest, which is from a foreign buyer, will see his property sold. He remains positive about it all.

‘The sale is being negotiated, but because the potential buyer hasn’t yet signed on the dotted line and an agreed date has passed, the agents have been obliged to offer it to all interested parties again.’

The source explained that Ed would prefer to see it sold as one single property but is ‘keen to see if maybe one of the developments can be sold first in a separate deal to get one off his hands.’

‘He is his usual optimistic self and remains confident it won’t be that long before a deal is done and the secret bidder will eventually reach a deal with him,’ they added.

Chesil Cliff house took 10 years to complete and put a strain on Ed’s relationship.

Speaking to The Sun last year, Ed said he lost his wife due to the ‘pressure’ his dreams put on her and their kids.

‘It’s got to go because it’s beyond me now,’ he added.

Work on the house set him back £5million, which was double the £2.5million budget he’d anticipated, after originally putting a planning application through in 2011. 

He described the project as ‘a baby that will eat me’ during his appearance on the show.

The dad-of-two later told The Sunday Times: ‘I didn’t want to saddle the family with a failed building legacy. 

‘I didn’t want my wife and girls to be associated with my messed-up dreams.’

In July 2021, he told DevonLive: ‘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.’ has contacted Knight Frank for comment.

Grand Designs is available to stream on All4.

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