The winner of a luxurious £3million mansion overlooking a sweeping bay left his new home just three days when he discovered the clifftop on which his property had been built was at risk of collapsing into the sea below, MailOnline can reveal.
Foundry worker Glen Elmy, from Walsall, moved into the James Bond-style property in October 2021 and marvelled at the views across Combe Martin Bay on the north Devon coast.
But three days later, after learning of the coastal erosion threatening his property, he handed the keys to Stealth House back to Omaze and is understood to have asked for money equal to the property’s £3million value.
Mr Elmy has never returned to the five-bed property.
The winner of a luxurious £3million mansion overlooking a sweeping bay left his new home in after just a few days when he discovered the clifftop on which his property had been built was at risk of collapsing into the sea below, MailOnline can reveal
Foundry worker Glen Elmy (pictured with his wife Debbie), from Walsall, moved into the James Bond-style seemingly-idyllic property in October 2021 and marvelled at the views across Combe Martin Bay on the north Devon coast
Stealth House is seen at the top of the cliff in Devon this month
According to title deeds held by the Land Registry, Omaze Properties LLC bought Stealth House for £3.8million in June 2021 – four months before Mr Elmy moved in – which suggests Omaze had not transferred legal ownership to the West Midlander.
As a result, Stealth House has stood empty for almost two years and neighbours predict it will have been swallowed up by coastal erosion within five to ten years.
A source told Mailonline said: ‘I met the Mr Elmy when he was here for the publicity. He was apparently planning to stay for a week but left after three days and that was the last we saw of him.
‘The corner of the house goes almost to the cliff edge, it’s about two metres away from the edge.’
Three days later, after learning of the coastal erosion threatening his property, he handed the keys to Stealth House back to Omaze and is understood to have demanded a cash pay-out equal to the property’s £3million price tag
Mr Elmy has never returned to the five-bed property and it is believed the house lottery company met his demands and paid up
The property was a far cry from the £230,000 family home (pictured) that he and wife Debbie, 60 shared for 26 years
Mr Elmy won a £3million ‘Bond’ style home on the North Devon coast after entering a £25 charity prize draw on TV back in August 2021, raising funds for NSPCC’s Childline
The home’s gorgeous infinity pool (pictured) looks out to sea and shows off the bright patio
Glen with his family, left to right: son Sam and his fiancé Emily, Glen, wife Debbie and son Luke
The five-bedroom mansion, which is situated on the North Devon coast within picturesque Exmoor National Park, is ‘like something from a Bond film’ and features a stunning panoramic view that looks out to sea
The mansion has six modern bathrooms that look out onto the stunning North Devon coast and show-off the coastal scenery
The modern open plan kitchen is surrounded by natural greenery and offers space-saving cupboards to fit its modern yet minimalist design
The property has five double bedrooms and has been compared to a James Bond-style lair because of its modern layout
The large balcony area features a stunning glass edge to offer a panoramic view of the coast and oak-stained decking
Every evening the mansion’s glass windows make it look like a property that is in the Hollywood hills and shows off the gorgeous poolside retreat
It is not clear if Mr Elmy was given a different prize but Omaze’s terms and conditions state they can offer the winner a cash alternative or other prize.
When MailOnline visited earlier this month, imposing metal gates stood at the entrance to the house, where an intercom went unanswered. There was no sign the house was lived in.
A neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, said: ‘I never see anybody going in or out since the win.
‘There is all sorts of speculation that it can’t be insured because of how close it’s been built to the sea and on the cliff edge.
‘There is a problem with coastal erosion all along the coast here. There are signs around the beach warning about falling rocks.
‘It could just be local rumours but the person who originally built the building was told it was too close to the edge and mortgage and insurance might be a problem.
‘When I moved in five years ago it was on the market for £2.5 million but nobody wanted it.
‘When the competition was running we saw cars coming and going, but soon after the winner was announced that stopped and there’s been nothing since.’
The cliffside property gives 360 degree views of the area
The £2.5million cliff-top spacious property above Combe Martin Bay features stunning minimalist bedrooms
The property’s lounge features an oak finish and stunning laminate wooden flooring to give an outside feel to the mansion
Every room in the house looks out to Combe Martin Bay, which is favoured by locals and tourists in the area, making the location highly sought-after
The walls of the new house are made from natural green slate (above) to match the hillside landscape and the rooms are very spacious
The view was one of the main selling points of the property, which is located right on the cliff-top, close to the edge, with nothing blocking the view of the water and of the surrounding natural landscape
The 10-seat dining room table is next to the large fireplace and open-plan kitchen, which features a dark wood stain and black decor
In June 2021, as the competition was running, locals voiced similar concerns that the house was built too close to the cliff edge which could be worn away over time, resulting in it potentially being an unsafe structure.
One person wrote on Devon Live’s Facebook page: ‘Very nice sea views but 5 to 10 years it will be in the sea, a lot of money to lose.’
Another wrote: ‘I’m sure it’ll look a lot more interesting in about 20 years when half of it has fallen off the edge of the cliff due to erosion.’
The property, near Ilfracombe, was designed by award-winning architect Guy Greenfield and boasts five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two living areas and 0.9 acres of land.
It first came onto the market with estate agents Knight Frank in 2018 with a guide price of £2.5million.
It features a modern infinity pool with stunning panoramic views of the ocean and is only 11 miles from the stunning market town, Barnstaple.
Combe Martin Beach is just half a mile away and the popular surfing beaches of Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe are close by.
Mr Elmy was visiting his parents’ house when he found out he scooped the main prize in the Omaze Million Pound House Draw.
He had spent the last 33 years working at the same foundry in Walsall.
MailOnline has contacted Omaze for coment.