Julia Boardman, who has lived in the secluded hamlet since 1968, said: “This valley has been flooding for hundreds of years. It is just the natural way of things.
“Before, there was just a cottage at the side of the plot that never flooded and the water was able to flood down and drain slowly away in the stream. Then they built this horrendous house.”
Mrs Boardman added: “They built this about five years ago and they only got planning permission because of a loophole. The local council was so weak it never managed to stop it and we ended up with this house.”
On Sunday, another resident said that the winning family “were keen to make a go of it” but had concerns about floods.
It has now been relisted with Savills, the estate agency, for the same price as before the competition.
At the time, locals claimed that they had warned the developer, Palladian Properties, before construction began on the five-bedroom house.