Aristocrat wins millions of pounds of compensation from developers after fire caused by log-burner destroys his £4m eco-home on a castaway island

    • Honourable Edward Iliffe bought Green Island in Dorset for £2.5m in 2005
    • Planned to develop luxury family holiday retreat but fire gutted it in 2012
    • Feltham Construction was indirectly responsible for defective installation
    • Exact value of the damages awarded to Iliffe family has yet to be assessed

    By MARK DUELL

    PUBLISHED: 10:10, 8 July 2014

     

    A multi-millionaire aristocrat whose £4million eco-home burnt to cinders on a castaway island has won a seven-figure damages claim against a building firm.

    The Honourable Edward Iliffe, 45, bought Green Island, in Poole Harbour off the Dorset coast, for £2.5million in 2005 – and planned to develop a luxury holiday retreat for his family.

    But the dream went up in flames – literally – in April 2012, when fire ravaged their cedar chalet as it approached completion, across the water from the millionaires’ playground of Sandbanks

    Disaster: A dream home off the Dorset coast went up in flames - literally - in April 2012, when fire ravaged the cedar chalet as it approached completion

    Aristocrat: The Honourable Edward Iliffe (pictured), 45, bought Green Island, in Poole Harbour off the Dorset coast, for £2.5million in 2005 - and planned to develop a luxury holiday retreat for his family

    Investigation: A forensic fire expert appointed by the family who examined the debris said the fire probably started 'within the roof construction and specifically in that part of the roof close to the chimney'

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2684340/Aristocrat-wins-compensation-developers-Green-Island-eco-home-burns-down.html#ixzz36zVXqaKF

     

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