For the past three years, hedge fund mogul Crispin Odey has gazed with satisfaction from his manor house, Eastbach Court, at the grand temple to poultry he built to house his chickens. Draped in £130,000 worth of sandstone, with Hague blue doors to match those of the main house, the Palladian-style chicken coop was two years in the making and worth every penny, if its owner does say so himself. And he’s right, according to the Natural Stone Awards.
Portly plutocrat Crispin Odey suffered an annus horribilis in 2016, which saw his hedge fund plummet 49.5 per cent. But it’s not all doom and gloom.
Odey has just won an architectural award for the stone coop he had built for his chickens at his Gloucestershire mansion, Eastbach Court.
Nicknamed Cluckingham Palace, the 16ft-high Palladian-style stone temple is said to have cost £150,000 — money well spent given its highly commended prize at the Natural Stone Awards.