Lottery winner Adrian Bayford had high hopes of a splendid rural life when he bought his Georgian Grade II-listed manor house in Linton, Cambridgeshire shortly after he and his then-wife Gillian won £148million on the EuroMillions game in 2012.
And even after the couple divorced he continued to plough 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.
But fresh pictures show no signs of any animals or staff at the £6.5million farm, with fields left abandoned months after he vowed to move to Australia to escape the ‘misery’ of his jackpot win.
After Mr Bayford, 48, said last year that he is planning to emigrate, the animals have been sold and the 189-acre estate has become increasingly derelict.
The estate, which includes a farmhouse, four cottages and a three bedroom staff annexe, was put on the market by estate agents Strutt and Parker at the end of last year.
But with no record of it being sold and the listing currently unavailable on the agents’ website, it appears Mr Bayford is struggling to get rid of the farm.
Pictures of lottery winner Adrian Bayford’s £6.5million farm in Linton, Cambridgeshire, show no signs of any animals or workers, with fields left abandoned months after he vowed to move to Australia to escape the ‘misery’ of his jackpot win
Bayford, 48, bought his Georgian Grade II-listed manor house and sprawling country estate in Linton, Cambridgeshire shortly after he and his then-wife Gillian won £148million on the EuroMillions game in 2012
Aerial images of the Horseheath Lodge estate show the fields, barns and cottages with no sign of life, alongside empty stables, paddocks and a horse ring.
Where the farm was once bustling with animals and farmhands, there is now just an old caravan sat in the yard.
Pictures from this week show an expensive fleet of cars, including Range Rovers, on the drive way of the seven bedroom manor house, which suggest he has not yet made the big move.
Horseheath Lodge is one of 38 properties the former postman bought after he won his millions. The rest of his property empire is located in his home town of Haverhilll, Suffolk, some of which he has already sold off.
He also bought two record stores there, but closed them as he planned to up sticks and move Down Under.
Abandoned: Aerial images of the Horseheath Lodge estate show the fields, barns and cottages with no sign of life, alongside empty stables, paddocks and a horse ring
Where the farm was once bustling with animals and farmhands, there is now just an old caravan (pictured) sat in the yard
Photos show Mr Bayford still has an enviable fleet of expensive cars on the driveway of his secluded property away from the farm
His friends have claimed his fortune has left him feeling increasingly isolated and he no longer feels comfortable even going out for a beer.
He told The Sun late last year that everyone ‘wants a piece of him’ now he is a multi-millionaire.
The lottery winner has reportedly fallen out with friends, including the director of Cambridge Rock festival which he hosted on his lawn in 2017.
Adrian Bayford, 48, bought his Georgian Grade II-listed manor house and sprawling country estate in Linton, Cambridgeshire shortly after he and his then-wife Gillian won £148million on the EuroMillions game in 2012 (pair are pictured celebrating)
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 has reportedly fallen out with bar staff and now barely sets foot in it.
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.
A friend said: ‘Basically Adrian has had enough and he has the money to change his life – so he is. He woke up and found himself in this life that he didn’t want.
‘Adrian was never about Range Rovers, horses, sheep, chickens and paddocks and stables. He’s a rocker for goodness sake. He’s probably more interested in biting the heads of chickens rather than feeding them.
‘Then when his ex-wife remarried earlier this year I think he realised he needed to do something.’
He was still with ex-wife Gillian when he moved to the house, just seven miles from their former three bedroom home in a cul-de-sac in Haverhill.
It was reported at the time that Adrian 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.
An aerial view of Mr Bayford’s Cambridgeshire farm shows the fields empty, barns closed and a single white van in the yard
The sprawling Cambridgeshire estate is surrounded by fields and stretches for 189 acres (pictured from above)