HOW the other half live! This beautiful Yorkshire castle, which was transformed into a trendy, luxurious pad by a young designer from Derbyshire has just scooped a prestigious award.
Carr Hall near Halifax is the home of flamboyant entrepreneur Terry George and his partner Michael Rothwell, and was voted into pole position by viewers of Channel Five's I own Britain's Best Home.
The 3.7million Victorian folly was brought into the 21st century by designer Ben Huckerby, 27, who runs his own interior design consultancy.
Ben, who is originally from Milthorpe near Dronfield, said: "I was in the last year of my degree course in internal architecture when I met Terry and Michael in a bar in Leeds.
"We got chatting about design and by chance they'd just bought Carr Hall Castle and invited me over to offer some design ideas.
"There were tapestries all over the place and it looked like an old museum.
"Unbelievably, lots of original features were still there but they'd been covered up. I recommended taking the walls back to the original brickwork and creating an opulent look with deep colours, dark wood and highly textured fabrics. I think it's worked well."
Terry is a self made businessman who owns several companies.
When he's not working he spends his spare time taking photographs of celebrities and travelling the world.
He started interviewing famous people at the age of 12 as a hobby.
Among those caught on tape included Michael Jackson, with whom he became friends, Omar Sharif, Paul McCartney, Boy George, Les Dawson and Dick Emery.
While working as a DJ he started up All Points North, a magazine for the gay clubbing community which eventually led to the creation of the Mr Gay UK competition.
He and Michael also run a premium rate chatline and several clubbing events in Leeds.
The castle, a mix of classic and contemporary design, has created quite a stir in the world of interiors.
Carr Hall Castle was voted as the regional winner of Britain's Best Home and went on to win the final on Thursday.
Melissa Porter, co-host of the Channel Five programme and a leading design consultant has already become a fan of Ben's work.
She said: "It is the ultimate des-res ... an enchanting historical home that sits majestically in the 21st century."
'I recommended taking the walls back to the original bricks'
Ben who has a degree in internal architecture also runs Ben Huckerby Design in Leeds, has now started work on Terry and Michael's north African house in Morocco.
And he has numerous clients further afield in Barcelona, Prague and London.
The young designer, who takes his inspiration from designers such as Kelly Hoppen, Philippe Starck and Andrew Martin, has completed further projects including an apartment hotel, show flats across the north and a noodle bar.
See the website www.benhuckerbydesign.co.uk for more information on Ben's work.
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