Looking after your parents when they are older is everyone dream come true. Adrian Bayford, who won £148m on the EuroMillions in August 2012, hasn’t left a stone unturned when he recently spent more than £1.3m on a breath-taking Perthshire eco-home for his parents.
Bayford, who won Britain’s third-biggest ever lottery win with his ex-wife Gillian, paid £1.35m for a four-bedroom home on a private road between Bridge of Cally and Kirkmichael.
His parents moved into the palatial home in November 2019. To make matters even better, he also bought himself a property in the Blairgowrie area after selling his £10 million estate so that he can be nearer to his ex-wife and their two children.
Jack McKeown, a property editor for The Courier wrote a review on the house Adrian purchased for his parents.
He wrote: “The result is a unique house that is beautiful inside and out.
“The ground floor contains the gubbins of the house: utility, plant room and double garage. Up we trudge, past the first floor where the bedrooms are, to the top floor living area.
“This is a magnificent space. An oak frame leaps upward to a double-height vaulted ceiling. At one end is a living area, with sofas, wood burner and a fully-glass gable end giving outstanding views across the valley.
“Move past the dining area and you’re into the kitchen. At first glance, the room seems straight but in actual fact, it kinks slightly, following the contour of the hillside it’s built on.”
The home also has an enormous kitchen and dining room, a free-standing bath and acres of land.
And the home, which was built in 2011 and previously owned by an architect - also has a rainwater recycling system, solar panels and with salmon fishing and golf courses nearby.
Stephen Shay told The Courier about the sale of Ardlebank House to Mr Bayford.
“We were on a two week holiday in Singapore when we learned the house had sold,” he recalled.
“They wanted to complete the sale within five weeks and we were on holiday for two of those weeks so it was all done at high speed.
“It was a pleasant surprise for us. We thought it would take a year or two to sell that house but in fact, it sold within five weeks of going on the market and we completed the sale within another five weeks.”
While Adrian Bayford seems to have got the handle on the property market, his ex-wife Gillian has had her fair share of difficulties in this regard.
In 2017, Mrs Bayford bought Chesterhill House near Newport-on-Tay for £619,990.
At the time, she had planned to demolish parts of the 19th Century C-listed building and add modern features. However, she ended up selling the eight-bedroom property, which is now under offer having been advertised for just £200,000.
It comes after tens of thousands of pounds was spent commissioning Dundee-based Aim Design to draw up detailed plans to demolish parts of the 19th Century C-listed building and add modern features.
The work would have seen a movie room, underground garage, swimming pool and spa annexe built at the property.
She also sold her bungalow, the Bee House in Balsham, for £1.45m. The house was one of the first purchases after her divorce from Adrian following their win of £148m in 2012.
Set in half an acre of land, the bungalow featured a dazzling living room with an octagonal ceiling.
She also sold a spectacular waterfront property on the River Tay near Dundee in Scotland, for £735,000, which Gillian said was a ‘business decision’.
Gillian and Adrian originally also bought Gillian’s parents a £1.6million home in Balsham but once her parents found out that Gillian and Adrian were splitting, they moved north, after only living at the house for three weeks.
It’s good to see that Adrian’s settling down eventually after winning the EuroMillions.
Since becoming a millionaire Adrian has had his fair share of heartbreaks when it comes the opposite sex.
The lotto millionaire has been left heartbroken by several other women in the past.
Richard Hudspith, who used to run Adrian’s record shop said, "It’s hard for him. It’s a very unusual situation to be in.
"He got lucky. That’s all he did. Now he’s got all this unwanted attention.
Thankfully he’s now living close to his children and who knows, we might hopefully even see the couple rekindle their relationship.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
It's a hypothetical question asked by anyone who has ever dreamt of winning a massive fortune.
Hitting the jackpot can open a world of possibilities for lottery winners but one of the best decisions any winner could make is to make sure their parents are living in style.
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