Sheffield man the designer of 'Britain's Best Home'

An interior designer from Sheffield is the bright brain behind 'Britain's Best Home'.

Ben Huckerby, aged 27 from Millthorpe near Dronfield, could raise his glass high last week when his design ideas took entrepreneur Terry George and his partner Michael Rothwell to the top in Channel5's "I own Britain's Best Home."

See Ben giving a tour of the castle footage from the Channel5 show on YouTube (We cannot take responsibility for the content of external websites)

Ben, who runs Ben Huckerby Interior Design, met the couple in a bar, and they invited him to come with ideas for their 3.7m castle, Carr Hall, near Halifax.

"I was in my last year of my degree course in internal architecture when I met Terry and Michael in a bar in Leeds," said 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."

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 building.

Melissa Porter, co-host of Channel Five's programme and a leading design consultant is a fan of Ben's work. She the Yorkshire castle, with its 10- acre deer park, battlements, towers with arrow slits and arch head windows, to the nation, having stayed over-night:

"It's the ultimate des-res... an enchanting historical home that sits majestically in the 21st Century," she said.

Having completed Carr Hall Castle Ben flew to Morocco to design Terry and Michael's North African house. He has also made his mark designing for Rick Savage from Def Leopard. Ben said he takes inspiration from designers such as Kelly Hoppen, Philippe Starck and Andrew Martin.

Thursday May 22 Channel 5 shows an hour long special around the interior of Car Hall Castle.

For more information about Ben's work see: www.benhuckerbydesign.co.uk