The ‘bar­gain buy’ that makes the most of its magnificent views

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Ten Firs, Rig­ton Bank, East Rig­ton, near Wetherby

en­gi­neer and had his own elec­tri­cal me­chan­i­cal con­struc­tion com­pany, which won a Queen’s Award, be­fore he sold it to York­shire Elec­tric­ity.

The at­ten­tion to de­tail and tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired in his day job fed through to his build pro­ject, which took four years and was com­pleted in 1995.

“Ev­ery­thing is top notch and each piece of stone we used is hand-scutched to make it ap­pear flat. The cills are Cum­ber­land slate, the stair­case if solid oak and the in­ter­nal doors are ma­hogany.

“The in­te­rior might need some modernising but the qual­ity of the struc­ture and the fit­tings is ex­cel­lent,” says Mr Wheat­ley, who used his elec­tri­cal ex­per­tise to in­stall a state-of-the-art se­cu­rity sys­tem and sound sys­tem.

The prop­erty has a re­cep­tion hall with por­tico col­umns, draw­ing room, cloak­room, lounge bar with drinks cabi­net, din­ing room, but­ler’s pantry, sitting room, break­fast kitchen with Allmilmö white units and Co­rian tops, gar­den room and util­ity room.

On the lower ground floor, there is a pool and spa with 30 ft heated pool, Whirlpool air bath and chang­ing rooms.

On the first floor, there is a gal­leried land­ing, a large mas­ter suite with dress­ing room and ensuite bath­room and three more bed­rooms, each with a en-suite bath­room, plus an of­fice/fifth bed­room.

Out­side, there is a self­con­tained apart­ment and a garage block. The house is ap­proached through elec­tri­cally op­er­ated wrought iron se­cu­rity gates lead­ing to a large block­paved park­ing area.

The grounds are mainly to the rear and com­prise of sweep­ing, shaped lawned gar­dens with deep, pro­fes­sion­ally land­scaped herba­ceous beds and borders with trees, plants, shrubs and path­ways. There is a large semi­cir­cu­lar ter­race which over­looks the gar­dens and the views.

Mr and Mrs Wheat­ley are sell­ing to down­size, but they aren’t mov­ing far. They bought a neigh­bour­ing bun­ga­low and have de­mol­ished to cre­ate a smaller ver­sion of their home.

“We’re 65 and we’ve built the new house to suit our needs,” says Mr Wheat­ley, who con­fides that who­ever buys Ten Firs is get­ting some­thing of a bar­gain. A few years ago, he was of­fered £4m for it.

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