JOHN and Kay Teale restored their beautiful home to its full, period glory.
A transformation took 16 weeks - and involved the addition of many specialist, high-grade features.
The couple bought Laurel Bank, 111 Huddersfield Road, Meltham, three years ago.
They lived in Meltham previously and spotted its sale board at the roadside
The five-bedroom mansion could even accommodate the couple's legal services business, Teales Ltd.
So they were able to move their town centre offices into the seven-room cellars that they converted for the purpose.
The detached Victorian villa was built in 1873 for a doctor, a pillar of society who ran his clinic and dispensing service from home.
John and Kay, who live there with son Gareth, 17, and dogs Bailey and Barclay, project managed the renovation before they moved in.
John, 58, says: "It was a labour of love, we spent much more money than we intended.
"But we wanted to do the job properly."
Kay, 46, adds: "We saw ourselves staying here for 15 or 20 years but now we are looking towards retirement and downsizing."
Work to be done included replumbing the whole, house, replastering and adding new windows in keeping with the original sash style.
The previous owners' eclectic decoration, including 20th century fittings and fixtures, was banished in favour of strictly period style.
The couple called in Ferrybridge company Rainfords, which supplies everything from window frames to carpets and chandeliers, to get the right look.
They took inspiration from period home magazines.
Oil paintings of Venice, picked up at an auction and a local antique shop, have pride of place in the lounge and dining room.
The gold Versace detail on the coving in the dining room is hand-painted and ceiling roses have been lovingly created.
John says: "Rainfords supplied all sorts including our dining room table and chairs which used to belong to Engelbert Humperdinck! He sold them when he emigrated to the States."
That's not all. In their summer house, they also have a fridge freezer that came from Aristotle Onassis's London apartment.
Kay says: "The best thing about this house is that it is so versatile."
And indeed one of its best assets is tucked away in the attic - a plush second-floor bedroom with ensuite bathroom, lots of storage, and far-reaching views.
The couple had to rebuild a missing staircase to access the space, old servants' quarters that had just been blocked off and unused.
Kay continues: "I was the first to go up and have a look and it was like going back in time. There was brown Lyncrusta on the walls, it hadn't been touched."
Just part of the restoration process that the pair describe as "fabulous."
John says: "We loved every minute and we still feel privileged that we live here.
"It's a great house at Christmas, inviting all the family round."
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