It’s hard to argue with Gary Lumby when he says “It’s got everything you need” as he shows us around his sumptuous six-bedroom home, Red Wynd.
Overlooking the pretty third green of Wynyard Golf Club, the mansion that’s home to well-known businessman Gary, his wife Hannah and their Miniature Yorkshire Terrier Henry features four lounges, a snooker room, six bedrooms – four en suite – and a spiral designer staircase into a gym that would be the envy of many health clubs.
“It’s been a great home for us,” says Gary, who works as a non-executive director with 17 companies across Teesside, the North-East and beyond.
A former banker, Gary advises a long list of local businesses as a non-executive director including Active Chartered Financial Planners, Erimus Insurance Brokers, Biochemica, Psyche, CP Waites, Techconsult and Simply Thank You, while he and Hannah own four companies of their own.
When they’re not at work, they return to the luxury of their impressive property on The Wynd, a house they bought 12 years ago after Duncan Bannatyne made them an offer they couldn’t refuse on the six-bedroom Georgian property they’d built “from scratch” in the nearby woods at Gunners Vale.
“We’d only been in the house six months when Duncan Bannatyne, who we knew, came in for a coffee one Sunday morning and said ‘I can’t find a house but yours is lovely – I’m wondering if you’d sell it?’ I told him everything has a price. So we sold our house to Duncan and put an offer in for this one, which we’d always had our eye on.”
But this was not a case of love at first sight.
“We’d always admired the look of the house from the exterior but inside was disappointing. It needed a lot doing to it because it was quite dated so we quite thoroughly refurbished it. We completely gutted it.”
The greatest result of their work was an extensive extension featuring Hayley’s impressive walk-in dressing room that would be the envy of any woman, plus a first floor lounge and balcony. Head downstairs via a designer spiral staircase and you enter perhaps the greatest feature of this great home – a fully fitted gymnasium, measuring nearly 550 sq ft and boasting floor-to-ceiling views of the garden to three sides with bi-fold doors opening onto a private rear patio and hot tub.
“If you haven’t got a hot tub I’d recommend it,” Gary enthuses. “There’s nothing like a glass of wine in the hot tub on a Friday night in a secluded area of the garden. The two of us go in there together and catch up because we’re often like ships in the night during the week.”
Unsurprisingly, the stunning gym is one of Gary’s favourite rooms in the house. “I use it just about every day,” he says. “I go straight in there when I get in from work in the evening. I tend to do more weights than I do cardio, while Hayley does it the other way around. We don’t have personal trainers, we’re motivated, as we’re trying to keep the old age at bay.
Entering Red Wynd via the main entrance from the gated grounds, you are greeted by an elegant galleried reception hall with a shining chandelier hanging above solid oak flooring. To the right is 600 sq ft of kitchen/diner featuring a stunning range of bespoke hand-built solid walnut kitchen units with solid granite work surfaces. Extended by Gary and Hannah, the kitchen/diner now looks out across the neighbouring golf course, while bi-fold doors and separate French doors open onto the patio areas and a rear garden featuring a summer house.
Back inside a cosy TV room with wood burning stove leads through to a snooker room featuring a three quarters length table that came with the house.
“This room is lovely for entertaining,” says Gary. “If we’ve got friends round, we’ll sit in here, put the music on and the guys will play snooker while the girls chat.”
Is the businessman an amateur Ronnie O’Sullivan, we ask? “Err, no, I’m not that good considering I’ve got a snooker table. The snooker table is a great social thing when the lads are round but it has lost it’s novelty to me so I only tend to play when people are here.”
The room in which both Gary and Hayley spend more time than anywhere else is less impressive but far more important – a small office at the front of the house. “We both regularly work from home and find ourselves sitting across the desk from one another,” he says. “We own four businesses between us so there’s always something going on and it’s good to bounce things off one another if anyone gets stuck. Hayley’s better at technology than I am so she’s my IT support!”
Now, however, they think it may be time to move on from their dream home for pastures new.
The house is up for sale with estate agents Michael Pool. Gary explains: “We don’t really want to sell but if we got the right price for it we’d sell it because it’s actually too big for the two of us and a dog. Our children, Emily and Adam, have grown up and moved out – though they’re back all the time with their partners for family get-togethers.
“It is a forever house but it is just too big for us now. Funnily enough, it has never felt too big as a home because the rooms are a nice proportion without being too impersonal, but now the kids have gone we’ve got more rooms than we know what to do with. We’re in no hurry but it’s time for a fresh start.”