After just a few months since he purchased his £4.4 million (NZ$10 million) 1920s retreat in Cornwall, chef Gordon Ramsay intends to knock it down and rebuild an upgraded version, the Daily Mail reports.
The new build will be an addition to the other number of large holiday homes in the area, which has gained the nickname ‘Kensington-on-Sea’ because of its many wealthy holiday-home buyers.
Ramsay plans to construct a five-bedroom house featuring white walls, a zinc facade and timber cladding, complete with two kitchens and a large open-plan kitchen, dining and living area.
The grounds will feature a three-bedroom grass-covered boathouse with easy access to the beach, plus a swimming pool and wine cellar.
The house he wants to knock down was described by estate agents before the sale as having 'immense potential for development' after being listed for sale for the first time in three decades.
Neighbours haven’t been to impressed with his decision, with one telling a local newspaper, “£4.5million wouldn't be affordable to most people round here. It's a shame the local community is being driven out. The sort of people who move here aren't really helping the community much. It brings jobs, and it is good for tourism, but it is dead in the winter.”
But local councillor Carol Mould said that what Ramsay plans to do is “not unusual for Rock,” one of the most expensive places to buy in the UK, with a hefty average property price tag of £800,000 over the past five years - four-and-a-half times the national average.
“He is just one of many. That's just what happens here. We will consider his plans in due course.”