A couple who won £184million in the lottery sold their bungalow and left it in a “mess”, the new owners said last night.
Joe and Jess Thwaite hit the stunning jackpot last year but kept their humble pile in the Gloucestershire countryside.
The house was eventually sold earlier in the year, but the new owners claimed they left the £675,000 home in ruins rather than leaving a note and a bottle of wine.
Elinor Capostagno, 19, bought the three-bedroom house with her mother after moving from South Africa, where they owned a farm.
Student veterinarian Elinor said: “They left nothing as gifts apart from quite a lot of mess.
“There was a lot to clean up. It was like they just got up and left. The hedges were a mess.
“We had to clear the stables completely.
“Even though we won the lottery, they didn’t give us a discount on the house, I mean we wish.”
However, she described 50-year-old Joe as a “cute” and “lovable guy”.
Elinor said the former communications sales engineer recently visited the home in Staunton, Glos, to fix the petrol tank.
She told The Sun: “He came over last month to help us heat. The system was out of gas and we didn’t know how to top it up, so he and a friend came over to help.
“He was very sweet, he’s a nice guy.
“He still wore farmer’s clothes and drove a Nissan pickup.
“You wouldn’t believe he won the lottery.”
horse crazy Joe and Jess, a hairdresser, 45, bought the house so their children could ride in the three-acre paddock and fields.
And the two are apparently avid Point-to-Point fans.
Elinor, who said her family moved from South Africa because threats of violence and robbery had made farming too dangerous, said: “Joe said he was on his way to point-to-point.
“He could now afford to buy a very nice horse.”
The Sun previously reported that Thwaites’ neighbor Faith Cox, 76, was hoping the newly minted millionaires would patch a hole in their border fence before they move.
But Faith yesterday claimed they left before they had a chance to fix it.
The retired widow said: “Their dog came through the hole once and they talked about fixing it but then they won the lottery and moved out.”
“I am not blaming you. They are lovely, I can’t say a bad word about them, I wish them the best of luck. They were only here four months.”
Rumor has it in the quaint village that the mega-rich couple have bought a petting zoo near Cheltenham, Glos, which they are planning to set up.
It would follow the same model as Countryfile presenter Gavin Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, a source said.
They added: “We are told they have bought a farm with plenty of space for housing their horses but also for keeping a whole range of animals.
“Apparently the plan is to open a petting zoo to the public, similar to Gavin Henson’s.”
The family kept three ponies, sheep, chickens and two dogs in their bungalow, for which they had to find space.
The Sun previously revealed how the Thwaites celebrated their jackpot with £16.95 steak and chips – and left a lucky tip.
With their record sum they could have bought 10,870,000 plates of rump steak.
But instead of a glamorous champagne party, the couple dined with their two children, friends and extended family at a Miller and Carter chain restaurant on a trading estate in Gloucester.
Joe and Jess have been keeping a low profile since their incredible £184,262,889 win in the Euromillions last May.
Jess was helping her sister Becky Robinson run the Blow hair salon on Tewkesbury High Street when she won.
But the multimillion-pound win hasn’t changed Becky’s life.
This week she was spotted greeting clients behind the desk in the drawing room.
Joe and Jess had just moved into their 19th century Chartist listed home when they won.
And we revealed that her first purchase was a nondescript £38,000 used Volvo station wagon.
It was previously rumored that they were eyeing a seven bedroom house with tennis courts, swimming pool and stable block near Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm in the Cotswolds.
However, this house has since been sold to other owners.
The Thwaites have not spoken out publicly since winning the jackpot.
Camelot has been contacted for comment.