- EXCLUSIVE: Dave Gilmour and Polly Sampson bought Medine House in 2015
- The couple rebuilt the former Victorian Turkish bathhouse in Hove
The rock star and and his wife, writer Polly Samson, put their luxury seafront home on sale more than a year ago for an eye-watering £15m.
But with house prices tumbling the couple were this week forced to drastically lower the asking price to £10m.
Neighbours living close to the seafront home in Hove, East Sussex said the couple had struggled to attract attention for the property and had been forced to take action.
Nicknamed ‘Polly’s Folly’, the couple only bought the property in 2015 and launched a lavish rebuild of the former Victorian Turkish bathhouse.
The reconstruction of Medina House sparked fury among residents and historical conservationists when they announced plans to bulldoze the baths.
Gilmour, 77, who is worth an estimated £140million, and Samson, 61, were slammed and their plans branded ‘appalling and disrespectful.’
One group, ‘Save Hove from Property Tycoons’ pinned a message to the building wall reading: ‘We don’t need no demolition, we don’t need no thoughtless plans, no tall dark shadows across our windows. Leave Medina House Alone.
‘Hey Gilmour, leave our hood alone. All in all it’s just another betrayal of us all, to you it’s just another brick in the wall.’
The only surviving building from the famous King’s Esplanade in Hove, the bathhouse first opened in 1894 offering women slipper baths and steam rooms.
The slipper baths were opened for people with no baths at home and were designed to improve hygiene and sanitation.
During the Second World War it saw service as a makeshift hospital, before being turned housing a diamond cutting business.
Interrupted by the Covid pandemic, the building work took years to completeby which time the couple decided it no longer met their needs.
The home boasts five bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining room, a library, music room, gym and sauna as well
Gilmour joined Pink Floyd in 1967, performing on albums such as ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘The Wall’.
He also performs as a solo artist, and is a champion of several environmental causes.
Ms Samson has collaborated with Pink Floyd on a number of songs, and her most recent novel, ‘A Theatre for Dreamers’ (2020) was a bestseller.
The property was reportedly given to the couple in 2015 by the developer Sirus Taghan, who had been denied planning permits on a number of occasions.
The original bathhouse was demolished in 2018, and Keb Garavito Bruhn, a founding partner of the architecture firm Pilbrow & Partners, was brought in to design the residence.
The firm took inspiration from the bathhouse, mimicking its crow-stepped gable, as well as the half-moon shaped window at the top.
In addition, glazed ceramic tiles that were originally part of one of the pools were retained.
The open floor plan has doors to the courtyard, creating an indoor-outdoor space for the family in the summer.
According to Perry Press, the founder of Pereds, the London-based property consultancy, the couple said: ‘The main bedroom, with sea views in all directions, is a beautiful place from which to watch the sunrise and sunset across the sea.’
‘When you wake up in the morning, the view is always a surprise: the sea and sky are never the same. At night, it’s intoxicating to watch from bed the moon reflected in the water.’
Other amenities include hardwood flooring and underfloor heating throughout, polished plaster ceilings and walls, log-burning and gas-operated open fires and a host of sustainability and smart-home features, including a remote-controlled door entry system with biometric fingerprint access, the listing said.
- Average asking price of a home has dropped 0.2% to £371,907
- We look inside four homes around the country that are for sale for £370,000
Last month, the average asking price of a home in Britain dropped 0.2 per cent to £371,907, according to Rightmove.
With that in mind, we take a look inside four homes around the country that are listed on Rightmove with a price tag of just shy of this amount at £370,000.
They include a three-bedroom semi-detached house in the Kent seaside town of Margate, along with a three-bedroom bungalow in the market town of Northam in Devon.
If you’re looking for your £370,000 budget to go further, head north where prices tend to be cheaper and you can find a five-bedroom detached house for that price in Scotland’s East Kilbride.
Four homes for sale for £370,000…
1. Three-bed semi-detached house, Margate
This three-bedroom semi-detached house is in the Kent seaside town of Margate.
It is within a mile of Westgate-on-Sea train station and is a similar distance from the sea.
It has a price tag of £370,000 and is being sold by Miles & Barr estate agents. According to the Rightmove information, it was listed for sale at the start of May.
2. Five-bed detached house, East Kilbride
This five-bedroom detached house is in the Scottish town of East Kilbride in South Lanarkshire.
It is spread across three levels with the main living and kitchen on the first floor.
It is up for grabs for £370,000 and the sale is being handled by Home Connexions estate agents, and according to the Rightmove information, was listed at the start of June.
3. Three-bed detached house, Dilton Marsh
This three-bedroom house is in the Wiltshire village of Dilton Marsh and is perfectly suited for commuters, being less than a third of a mile from the area’s train station.
It is being sold for £360,000 via Martin & Co estate agents – with a £10,000 reduction on the property undertaken this week, according to the Rightmove details.
4. Three-bed bungalow, Northam
This three-bedroom bungalow is in the market town of Northan in Devon, north of Bideford.
There is a large living room with a fireplace and a kitchen that leads to a separate dining room.
The property is on the market for £370,000 via Webbers Property Services and was first listed in mid-June, according to the Rightmove data.