For the equivalent of several weeks a year Terri Crosby soaks up a seemingly enviable lifestyle aboard a billionaire’s 85m super-yacht. It might be on the Med, it might be in the Caribbean, but whatever the views, Terri must ensure everything is ship shape – and some.
The yacht is chartered but when its oligarch owners hop back on Terri has to make sure that it looks brochure-fresh, as though it’s never been touched. Itemised lists and photographs of everything from sock drawers to the bathroom cabinet ensure that everything is put back in its exact place.
Terri’s discreet role is that of wardrobe manager and full ‘interior procurement and management’ which translates as sourcing and replenishing the finest bed linens, towels, robes, toiletries and interior pieces, from crockery to beautiful silver and leather water jugs. No bottles of Evian on these surfaces.
She’s also called on to unpack a client’s extensive wardrobe then organise it into outfits and accessories to create a seasonal wardrobe. These are clients whose outfits come straight from the design houses every season and an inventory of a new season’s wardrobe can take as long as a week, cataloguing thousands of items.
“Billionaires charter the yacht so everything on them is the ultimate in quality – it sleeps 12 with 28 crew on board. We make sure every beach towel by the hot tub is brand new, every cushion pristine, every sheet the perfect threadcount – nothing is ‘make-do’”.
Terri works alongside the Tyneside-based Royal Oceanic yacht builder and charter company which offers management services to boat owners across the world.
And as well as her super-yacht work as a ‘well-paid servant’, she also runs her own interiors business, GLuxe interiors based at Blagdon.
Through this company Terri designs interiors for luxury homes for individuals and for the high-end rental market. This is where the footballers come in.
She is often called in when premiership footballers relocate to the region and have found a new home. She transforms an unloved rental into a luxurious ‘real home’. She also works alongside property owners who want to transform interiors for private or rental homes.
Her own home in Northumberland is a wing of the historic Bolam Hall nar Belsay where she has lived for four years.
Terri has spent the past year transforming Station House in Wensleydale into the ultimate countryside rental. She’s taken as her starting point the world of superyachts to achieve its luxurious finish.
It means there’s some serious wow-factor says Terri; “I saw the house on a walk one day and some time after saw it was for sale – it is the station house on the restored Leeming Bar to Redmire line of the Wensleydale railway – so there are still trains running at weekends – even an afternoon tea and ‘gin train’!
“We tore it down and started again. I’ve used a lot of the suppliers who I go to for the yacht furnishings so it really is wonderful. Unlike a lot of the holiday houses you don’t have to race for the best bedroom! They could all be the main bedroom.
“The style is relaxed, gentle and welcoming. Lots of texture and nice accessories to touch – cashmere, mother-of-pearl, the ultimate in pillows and towels, Yves Delorme robes and gorgeous Baobab candles. The best of what I’d choose for the yacht brought to Yorkshire!”
Station House sleeps six and has a large enclosed garden complete with a hot tub and summerhouse.
At the heart of the house is a dramatic double-height open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Sparkling silestone worktops are complemented perfectly with cashmere grey units, with a striking kitchen island and breakfast bar. The dining area is tucked away at the rear of the room, an intimate space with more on-trend grey furniture.
Terri has incorporated the outdoor and indoor at Station House with state-of-the-art technology via a Geneva surround sound music system in the kitchen, as well as an outdoor Bluetooth speaker system in the patio and hot tub area.
Other impressive features include wireless mobile phone chargers plus Bluetooth speakers in all the bedrooms.
The stunning en-suite bedrooms are super luxurious with their own take on super-yacht style. Little extras such as quality bed linen, plush fabrics and furnishings, sumptuous bath robes and slippers, those silver and leather water trays, lavender-filled mini-cushions and Elixir bedtime pillow spray. All of the en-suites include Elemis toiletries and travel beauty packages.
There is much to adore outside of the property with its large and fully enclosed private garden complete with a picturesque white picket fence. There are several informal seating areas with views of the quaint railway line. The summerhouse stores all the outdoor crockery and glassware you’ll need and has a water cooler and ice-maker to keep you hydrated. You’ll also find several garden games to enjoy.
At night the garden takes on a magical quality with fairy lights around the hot tub, automatic dawn-to-dusk mood lighting and a fabulous outdoor lamp allowing you to dine even when it gets dark.
Patio heaters allow you to enjoy this amazing space in the evenings and the outdoor music system provides the soundtrack.
Station House is available to rent through Gorgeous Cottages; gorgeouscottages.co.uk