Former Gogglebox star Chris Ashby-Steed and husband Tony have moved to Wales, with rooms at the new property to be listed on Airbnb
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Former Gogglebox star Chris Ashby-Steed has moved to the Welsh countryside with his husband Tony.
The couple were super excited when they shared a guided tour of their new property on Instagram three months ago.
Since then, Chris – who joined the show for the first series in 2013, before being replaced in 2018 – and Tony have posted regular updates on renovations to both the house and the area. its garden.
When the duo moved in from Brighton, they moved not only their belongings but also 400 trees from their beloved garden, which were filled by four delivery vans alone.
Announcing their arrival in Wales at the time, Chris wrote on Instagram: “Gays went to Adpar, Newcastle Emlyn!!!
“We were like two little boys writing a letter to Santa and we just woke up on Christmas morning to find that he not only granted us wishes but also put a big fat cherry on top! Very lucky, very happy, (slightly emotional) son xxx”
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Fans of the down-to-earth personality girl were quick to react, with one claiming: “Your home is in great shape. Just your style and personal touch. You’re halfway there. yes. Every room is so different and lovely. I love the kitchen and pantry the most.”
Another added: “Nice to watch you two give us a guided tour. So beautiful. Much love, good luck. Xx”
A third replied: “Wow!! It’s so beautiful. I love it. Wishing you many happy years living there. I will definitely rent one of the Airbnb rooms once it’s ready xxxx.”
The idea behind the move first arose after Tony’s mother suffered a stroke.
After she moved in, Chris and Tony quickly realized that despite her determination, their home no longer suited her needs.
With the post-Brexit housing market stagnant, they decided to remortgage and build an extension for her.
But on the second day of the building, Tony’s mother fell into a ditch that had been dug for a foundation and was hospitalized.
After treatment, she was admitted to a care home to recover, but continued to experience falls. She then suffered a double brain bleed, which affected her personality.
“She’s changed, she’s been mean and that’s not my mom,” Tony said Wales online. She was hospitalized for the next four and a half months and three times he was asked to come in and say goodbye. Incredibly, she made it through but needed the use of a wheelchair.
“We don’t know if she’ll be able to walk and luckily we’ve made sure everything is wheelchair accessible and have a wet room and that sort of thing, and she She went home and worked full time and became a husband and a father to the dogs while I also had to take care of my mom full time.”
Chris added: “Our lives have been stagnant for three years, it’s just the little things but they’re all sacrifices we’ve made. We’ve made so many sacrifices in those three years. “.
However, at the end of 2020, Tony’s mother developed a chest infection that forced her to return to the hospital. After discharge, she caught Covid and was admitted to the hospital, at which point she sadly couldn’t do anything more and she was admitted to palliative care.
After the couple accepted Tony’s mother’s death, Chris suggested they think of their next move.
“The important thing is that I’m Gemini and I need new challenges in my life. I got married and did the housework and then it was like we were stuck,” he explains.
“I would describe it as like being trapped in a gilded cage. You can’t get out. There’s also the financial aspect to it, because I can’t work and it’s just one thing after another. and I just feel like that I’m a trapped bird I need to get out I’m 45 and he’s 52 and I just feel that it’s a time in our lives where we need a new challenge. .”
Tony added: “We put our hearts and souls and every penny we had and didn’t have, into that house and garden and I couldn’t imagine leaving it. Then I was done. it’s all over my head It’s been 16 months since I lost my mother and I haven’t really been grieving yet and I’m very close to her.
“I have type 2 bipolar disorder and I’ve been doing so much cognitive behavioral therapy that my brain automatically blocks the triggers. I thought that was what was happening but then I realized that being in that house was toxic because everywhere I went was a mother, in Brighton. was a mother. It was difficult.”
Likewise, Chris has memories that he wants to leave behind. “I also have memories of Gogglebox there (in Brighton) and I want to get rid of those memories.”
The couple currently have plans for their four guest rooms through AirBnB and have reserved one of the reception rooms as a lounge.
All guests will be introduced to the best places to visit in the village and they would like to join local committees and groups.
Tony revealed that he wanted to paint the bus stop and that they both wanted to join the local Rotary group and amateur theater groups. Meanwhile, the income from AirBnB will help fund their continuation plans for the home.
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