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