Wish we WEREN'T here! Pink Floyd legend and wife battle to sell home

Wish we WEREN’T here! Pink Floyd legend Dave Gilmour and wife slash £5M off £15M price tag on their luxury seafront home after year on market

  • EXCLUSIVE: Dave Gilmour and Polly Sampson bought Medine House in 2015
  • The couple rebuilt the former Victorian Turkish bathhouse in Hove 

Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour has been forced to drop the asking price on his home by an astonishing £5m.

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.

Pink Floyd legend Dave Gilmour and his wife Polly Sampson are seeking £10m for their five-bed home, Medina House, pictured centre. The former Victorian Turkish Bath was demolished and rebuilt by the couple on the seafront in Hove, despite the opposition of locals 

It look 10 workmen five hours to lift in Gilmour’s piano into his new property

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.

Inside the property, which has had £5m slashed from the asking price, the five bedrooms have remarkable sea views

The Pink Floyd legend and his wife demolished the old Victorian structure and rebuilt it

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.

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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 luxury property features three bathrooms, according to a brochure advertising its sale

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.

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