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Grand Designs ‘Lighthouse’ With Sad History Hits Market for £10m

Grand Designs ‘Lighthouse’ With Sad History Hits Market for £10m
(Image credit: Alan Phillips Architects)

A property with a sombre history that featured on Grand Designs will hit the market for a staggering £10m after a decade of renovations.

Edward Short, 52, is finally set to complete the transformation of Chesil Cliff House in North Devon, which has taken almost 12 years to complete. The forthcoming launch has now been announced by estate agent Knight Frank, which will include the main house and a three-bedroom studio annexe known as The Eye.

Taking on a self build isn’t easy at the best of times, but the journey behind this lighthouse-inspired property was especially turbulent. The renovation was intended to be a home for Edward and his wife, Hazel, and their two daughters. The couple planned to complete the project in just 18 months with a budget of £1.8m. 

But on a Grand Designs episode in October 2019 viewers learned that Edward and Hazel had split, reportedly leaving them millions of pounds in debt. This meant that the building was left idle for years, before work finally resumed in 2020, with Edward determined to complete what he had started.

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.”

“High Design and Build Quality”

Chesil Cliff House, which gives panoramic views of Croyde Bay, features a four-story tower, five bedrooms and bathrooms, four reception rooms, a sauna, a cellar, a cinema and a 60-feet infinity pool.

Knight Frank said of the property: “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.”

Christopher Bailey, head of national waterfront at Knight Frank, added: “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.”

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and is the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, a role he has had since 2019. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 


He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.