Almost a decade ago, Jeremy Clarkson began planning his new home, and it is yet to be finished. The Grand Tour presenter claims he is now residing in the “smallest cottage in Britain,” but work on his new house goes at a snail’s pace.
In his most recent column, Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that making the decision to build his own home has been very difficult, and while he’s working on Diddly Squat Farm in Chadlington for the best part of two years, his home is yet to be finished. And because of this, has been living in a small cottage.
He wrote the following:
“I’ve been living these past three years in what is officially the smallest cottage in Britain.
“I can stand in the centre of the sitting room and touch all four walls.
“And I’m able to cook supper and go to the loo simultaneously.
“It was awful to begin with but now it’s intolerable,” he admitted.
The house that he used to live in was destroyed for a gag on The Grand Tour after the ex-Top Gear presenter lost a bet when he thought the McLaren P1 would be faster than the La Ferrari and Porsche 918 in a special episode of the show.
But despite a quick and easy demolition, the initial design of the new house took a long time after it went through several evolutions before a final design was confirmed.
Explaining how a number of other issues, including the pandemic and Brexit (he insinuates), got in the way, he finally reveals that the builders are currently saying the house will be finished by Christmas. He continues:
“This would be acceptable if they were just getting on with it. But this is the thing you don’t realise when you’re constructing a house: builders are like six-year-old children. They need constant supervision.
“If you let them “get on with it”, they fall in ponds and spill paint and drop stuff, and then they all argue and sulk and you have to stop what you’re doing to sort them out.”
He then adds that while he needs to manage his builders, he hasn’t got time to do this because to afford this house, he has 8 jobs, which consists of a number of columns, The Grand Tour, Clarkson’s Farm, DriveTribe, and his famous quick show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
It’s fair to say he isn’t happy with the build so far, concluding:
“We are often told that building your own house is one of the most satisfying and warm, fuzzy things you can do.
“But I can assure you, it’s complicated and slow. You are much better off buying one that was built many years ago, by a Georgian.”