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Pretty seaside village where you can find the ‘saddest ever’ Grand Designs home | UK | News


A Grand Designs property listed for sale at more than £5million described as the “saddest” to feature on the TV show sits atop a cliff near the Devon village of Braunton.

Chesil Cliff House, which cost owner Edward Short his marriage and took 12 years to build, is on the market again through Law of Property Act receivers, which indicates the sale is to resettle debts.

Inspired by lighthouses, a listing for the mansion appeared on Rightmove on January 26 on behalf of luxury property agent, Savills.

On the north Devon coast, Braunton itself is at the bottom of a valley and just six miles from Barnstaple. The village has a reputation as being Britain’s biggest, but according to Brauton Countryside Centre that’s not true.

Once a bustling fishing and shipping hub, Braunton is now a popular tourist destination, with visitors staying at one of the village’s hotels or in nearby Woolacombe or Ilfracombe.

The village has an “ample” number of pubs, restaurants and cafes, as well as being home to the Museum of British Surfing, which describes itself as featuring the largest collection of surfboards and surfing memorabilia in Europe.

Braunton Countryside Centre nearby also offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the local flora and fauna.

Stayindevon.co.uk, which offers holiday cottages in the area, hails Braunton for its ability to put visitors “in perfect stead to experience the best North Devon has to offer”.

Another nearby attraction, is Braunton Burrows – one of Britain’s largest sand dune systems and home to a number of rare plants and animals.

A 180-mile long walking and cycling route, the trail runs through Bideford, Okehampton, Torrington, Barnstaple and Braunton as well as attractions such as the Valley of the Rocks in Exmoor.

Braunton can be reached by car via the M5, A361, A377 and A39. Great Western Railway also runs services to Barnstaple with the 21C bus taking about 15 minutes from Barnstaple bus station to the village.

A range of accommodation is available, including at The George Inn, The Brookfield and Saunton Sands Hotel.



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