Lottery winner Adrian Bayford fights to keep his outdoor pool and bar

Lottery winner Adrian Bayford fights to keep his outdoor swimming pool and bar at £6.5million mansion as he struggles to sell it almost a year after revealing plans to downsize

  • The former postman, 48, bought the Georgian Grade II-listed manor house in Linton, Cambridgeshire, in 2014
  • It came shortly after he split from his wife Gillian after their £148million win on EuroMillions lottery in 2012
  • Mr Bayford, originally from Haverhill, Suffolk, installed a 13m outdoor pool at the property without consent
  • He’s now trying to get retrospective planning permission and his agent insisted works had improved the place
  • These are seen in papers sent to South Cambridgeshire District Council, while Mr Bayford tries to sell home

Lottery winner Adrian Bayford is battling to keep a swimming pool and bar at his £6.5million country mansion.

The 48-year-old former postman bought the Georgian Grade II-listed manor house in Linton, Cambridgeshire, in 2014, shortly after he split from his wife Gillian after their £148million win on the EuroMillions lottery in 2012.

Mr Bayford, originally from Haverhill, Suffolk, installed a 13m (43ft) outdoor pool at the property along with other alterations four years ago without consent – and is now trying to get retrospective planning permission.

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The 48-year-old former postman bought the Georgian Grade II-listed manor house (pictured) in Linton, Cambridgeshire, in 2014, shortly after he split from his wife Gillian after their £148million on the EuroMillions lottery in 2012

A picture of lottery winner Mr Bayford’s £6.5million farm in Linton, Cambridgeshire, show no signs of any animals or workers, with fields left abandoned. He is now battling to keep a swimming pool and bar at the country mansion

Mr Bayford, originally from Haverhill, Suffolk, installed a 13m (43ft) outdoor pool at the property (plan shown) along with other alterations four years ago without consent – and is now trying to get retrospective planning permission

His agent insisted the works had improved the eight-bedroom mansion in papers sent to South Cambridgeshire District Council while Mr Bayford tries to sell the home, which was built in 1825, and its sprawling 189-acre estate.

Fields around the property have been left abandoned months after Mr Bayford vowed to move to Australia to escape the ‘misery’ of his jackpot win which saw Gillian move back to Scotland with their two daughters.

Mr Bayford has ploughed money into the sprawling country estate, buying a herd of Highland cattle, horses, hens and sheep, as well expensive farming machinery and employing a team of workers.

Mr Bayford’s (picutred with his then wife Gillian) agent insisted the works had improved the eight-bedroom mansion in papers sent to South Cambridgeshire District Council

But pictures released in June showed no signs of any animals or staff at the property, which includes a farmhouse, four cottages and a three bedroom staff annexe. 

It was put on the market by Strutt and Parker late last year.

The mansion is one of 38 properties he bought. 

The rest of his property empire is located in his home town of Haverhilll, some of which he has already sold off. 

He also bought two record stores there, but closed them.

His friends say his fortune has left him feeling increasingly isolated and he no longer feels comfortable even going out for a beer. 

He told the Sun last year everyone ‘wants a piece of him’ now he is a multi-millionaire.

The lottery winner has allegedly fallen out with friends, including the director of Cambridge Rock festival which he hosted on his lawn in 2017.

He also said to feel hassled by residents of the 38 properties he owns because they feel as a wealthy landlord he should pay for everything.

Mr Bayford bought a local village pub The Rose and Crown for £375,000 but was said to have fallen out with bar staff and now barely sets foot in it.


Mr Bayford (left with his then wife Gillian, and right) has ploughed money into the sprawling country estate, buying a herd of Highland cattle, horses, hens and sheep, as well expensive farming machinery and employing a team of workers

Villagers in Suffolk, on the other hand, believe Mr Bayford is getting fed up with all the hard work needed to maintain the mansion and all his land. He was still with ex-wife Gillian when he moved to the house.

It was reported at the time that Mr Bayford may have delivered letters to the mansion when he worked as a postman before setting up his own business selling second hand records and CDs.

But he and Gillian, a former care assistant, split up 15 months after their big win and later divorced, citing the stress of dealing with their massive windfall.

He remained in the house which dates back to 1815 and stamped his fun-loving personality on the property, installing statues of knights in shining armour in the grounds.

In January last year he was left heartbroken when his fiancee Samantha Burbidge, 30, walked out on him. His move to Australia would free him of a past filled with bad relationships, he claimed last year.

Gillian and Adrian’s nine-year marriage reportedly broke down ‘irretrievably’ after the lottery win (pictured). In January last year he was left heartbroken when his fiancee Samantha Burbidge, 30, walked out on him. His move to Australia would free him of a past filled with bad relationships, he claimed last year

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