For Immediate Release 17 May 08
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INSIDE THE CASTLE WALLS OF BRITAIN'S BEST HOME – GO THROUGH THE KEYHOLE WITH ITS INTERIOR DESINGER
Channel Five's “Britain's Best Home” celebrates Design Style on Thursday May 22.
As “Britain's Best Home” was revealed last week, owned by gay entrepreneur Terry George and his partner Michael Rothwell, this week sees the reveal of what lies behind the castle doors, with an hour long show on Channel Five on May 22.
Channel Five’s scoured the country to find the owner of the UK’s best home and it can now be revealed that the winning property was a labour of love between a celebrated gay couple and their interior designer.
Carr Hall, an extravagant £3.7m castle near Halifax was voted as the winner of the contest, after the 19th century Victorian folly was brought to life thanks to young interior designer Ben Huckerby.
Winning designer Ben aged 27
It’s a fantastic accolade for Ben, aged 27, who has already made his mark designing for Rick Savage from Def Leopard, along with a number of bars and clubs across the country, and a huge selection of dazzling home interiors for individual clients.
Melissa Porter, co-host of Channel Five’s programme and a leading design consultant is already a fan of Ben’s work. Melissa recommended the Yorkshire castle to the nation, having stayed over-night: “It’s the ultimate des-res... an enchanting historical home that sits majestically in the 21st Century!”
Having been voted by viewers as winner of the regional heat, Carr Hall went on to outshine its competitors in the final of “I own Britain’s Best Home.” With its 10- acre deer park, battlements, towers with arrow slits and arch head windows it exudes traditional grandeur from the exterior, then step inside and experience the ultimate in modern décor, lavish furnishings, indulgent textures and beautifully disguised secret panels and you have a perfect marriage of classic and contemporary.
Ben, who is a big fan of re-injecting the old with a modern twist, dispensed with the original chintzy look, uncovered the carpeted flag-stoned floor, as well as a number of other original features and replaced a fussy design style with a classically modern look, some of which included changing the fundamental layout of the buidling.
Chance meeting changes Ben’s life
“I was in my last year of my degree course in internal architecture when I met Terry and Michael in a bar in Leeds,” explains Ben. “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,” understates Ben.
Having established Ben Huckerby Design in Leeds, Ben has subsequently flown to Morocco to design Terry and Michael’s North African house and is on speed dial with a number of clients in his favourite cities: Barcelona, Prague and London.
He has quickly become a recherché interior designer, completing high-end residential projects for owner occupiers, an apartment hotel, show flats across the north and even a noodle bar. He takes inspiration from designers such as Kelly Hoppen, Philippe Starck and Andrew Martin.
Passionate about both design and business, Ben is set to have an amazing year.
For more information see www.benhuckerbydesign.co.uk
Ben is available for interviews and can also supply before and after shots, style tips and advice and a more detailed overview of the castle project.
More images available upon request.
To arrange an interview/appointment or photo-shoot at Carr Hall Castle, please contact:
Jo Swann or Kate Bamiling
Tel: 0113 245 9132
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