No ex­pense spared on one of Har­ro­gate’s finest Duchy homes

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was past its sell-by date and so we closed it in 2007,” he says.

“I could see it would make a fan­tas­tic house again.”

The con­ver­sion from com­mer­cial to res­i­den­tial was car­ried out in 2008 and the cou­ple worked as a de­sign team. Graeme came up with the lay­out, while Si­mone con­cen­trated on the dé­cor and the bath­rooms.

“I knew ex­actly what I wanted and that was a con­tem­po­rary house with a large open-plan liv­ing space. To get that we had to take it back to a shell,” says Graeme, who also came up with the draw­ings for the dra­matic, mod­ern fire­place that acts as a fo­cal point on the ground floor.

He strug­gled to find some­one to make it for him un­til Knares­bor­ough-based fire­place spe­cial­ists Robert Aa­gaard stepped for­ward.

“No-one else seemed able to do it. Aa­gaard’s were fan­tas­tic,” says Graeme, who is also full of praise for Clar­ity Arts, of Sum­mer­bridge, who de­signed and made the kitchen.

The Lees were heav­ily in­flu­enced by apart­ment liv­ing in Si­mone’s na­tive Brazil.

“We spend quite a bit of time there and this house lends it­self to the same mod­ern look,” says Graeme.

The prop­erty boasts mar­ble floors with un­der­floor heat­ing, six zone HD TV distri­bu­tion, solid wal­nut Doo­ria in­te­rior doors, coated alu­minium win­dows and a light and sound sys­tem.

It has a split-level re­cep­tion hall with a glass and wal­nut stair­case, study, cin­ema room and a sit­ting room ex­tend­ing to the din­ing space and kitchen, which has wal­nut doors and Co­rian work sur­faces.

The ground floor also has a laun­dry room and shower room. On the first floor, there is a master bed­room suite with a bal­cony over­look­ing the grounds. This room has a “se­cret door” cre­ated by lo­cal de­vel­oper La Rock, which leads to his and hers dress­ing rooms. The bath­room has a sunken Jacuzzi and rain­fall shower. There are two fur­ther en­suite bed­rooms. On the sec­ond floor, there are three en-suite bed­rooms, a sit­ting room and a play­room/leisure area with bar.

Out­side, there is a dou­ble garage. The gar­dens have their own sound sys­tem and sunken hot tub.

“It was a stress­ful project and a lot of pres­sure but we are de­lighted with the end re­sult,” says Graeme. NEW mort­gage ad­vances in the third quar­ter of this year stood at £40bn, up seven per cent from the sec­ond quar­ter but down nine per cent on the same pe­riod last year.

Lend­ing for house pur­chase ac­counted for 66 per cent of this amount, of­fi­cial statis­tics from the FSA show.

The pro­por­tion of lend­ing done at more than 90 per cent LTV was just above two per cent for the third quar­ter in a row, demon­strat­ing the on­go­ing re­quire­ment by lenders for large de­posits. Lenders also con­tin­ued to look un­favourably on bor­row­ers with im­paired credit his­to­ries, with only 0.3 per cent of loans go­ing to them.

The pro­por­tion of ad­vances for re­mort­gages was the low­est ever at 27 per cent. JIG­SAW Let­ting in Selby won ARLA Let­ting Agent of the Year 2012-13 for York­shire.

It is the third year run­ning that owner San­dra Widdrington has been recog­nised as one of the lead­ing pro­fes­sion­als within the in­dus­try. She won York­shire Let­ting Agent of the Year 2011-12 and Prop­erty Woman of the Year 2010-11.

San­dra says: “We are all ab­so­lutely de­lighted to win this pres­ti­gious award again. The com­pe­ti­tion for this re­gion was really tough, so this ac­co­lade really is tes­ta­ment to the pride, pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion of ev­ery­one at Jig­saw Let­ting as well as their de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­vide con­sis­tent and out­stand­ing cus­tomer ser­vice.”

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