Grand Designs saddest ever home to be sold within weeks for eye-watering sum

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    A long-running saga surrounding the 'saddest ever' Grand Designs home that ended up costing a man his marriage is finally coming to an end at last.

    Chesil Cliff House is designed in the style of a lighthouse and has sat empty and imposing on the cliffs of Croyde, Devon for years, trapped in development hell.

    Fall-out from an ongoing battle to finish the project saw owner Edward Short split with his wife Hazel after the couple had originally set aside a budget of £1.8m and hoped to complete the build inside 18 months.

    It ended up taking 12 years and leaving Edward £7m in debt.

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    In February, the Daily Star exclusively revealed that the infamous mansion had been removed from an estate agent's website while terms of sale were discussed with "a serious buyer".

    More recently, it was reported that the sale of the extraordinary Chesil Cliff House along with its jaw-dropping lighthouse-like annex The Eye had collapsed after a potential buyer pulled out at the eleventh hour.

    Now however, The Express reports that no such issues arose, and the negotiated deal is still very much alive and kicking.

    In fact, the £10m sale is expected to be completed imminently.

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    Nic Chbat, Director of Match Property estate agents in North Devon who has been assisting the owners with marketing and sourcing buyers, told that the reason the sale had stalled was simply due to the agreed sale timescale ‘expiring’.

    He said: “As far as I am aware the previous buyer is still wanting to buy the property as a whole including the Eye, but the agreed timescale for the sale to conclude has expired.

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    “This is simply due to delays verifying that some agreed works on site have been concluded. This is in hand and will be verified in due course, at which point we expect the sale to go ahead.”

    It had been reported that as a result of the sale ‘falling through’ estate agents Knight Frank and Match Property were planning to re-market the two properties separately.

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    Nic added: “Understandably, we are discussing options with other interested parties in the interim which includes the potential to sell the Eye separately, as previously reported.

    “It is normal for any sale to go through some delays and uncertainties as the sale progresses through the legal conveyancing and this sale is no different to any other in that regard.

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    “There is no doubt the sale will go through, hopefully with the current buyer, and if not, with another interested party in due course.”

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