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An Essex gran has been handed the keys to a £4.5m Cornish waterside mansion after buying a £25 raffle ticket.
June Smith, 74, has won the latest Omaze Million Pound House Draw – a six-bedroom, three storey house overlooking the picturesque Fowey Estuary in Cornwall.
The 74-year-old now has plenty of room for all six of her grandkids to stay and is looking forward to “the best summer holiday ever”.
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She has also been given £100,000 in cash to help her settle in, and the house comes completely mortgage free, with all stamp duty and legal fees covered.
June has lived in her two-bedroomed house in Essex for the past 17 years but she’s now the proud owner of a showpiece home designed by acclaimed architects Harrison Sutton.
Her late husband Ron worked as an architectural designer all his life and June’s sure he would have loved it too.
"My husband Ron died last year,” she said, “but I'm sure he played a part in this win – he won it for all of us.
“Ron always wanted us to be financially secure as a family – and this house gives us that security.
"He spent his life working with architecture, he'd have absolutely loved this house – it's a work of art.
He will be "looking down with an approving smile” she added.
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The dream home is the biggest ever house prize draw to be given away in the UK. June is free to either live in the house, rent it out or sell it.
"Having spent some time at the house, I'm definitely going to keep it for a while, whatever I decide to do long term it's a life changing win for our family."
If June decides to rent it out, local estate agents estimate that the property could achieve £5,000 – £7,000 per month from long-term rentals – and up to £14,000 a week from peak season holiday rentals.
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June is already thinking about the house’s holiday potential, adding ”We used to come for family holidays in Cornwall and stay in a caravan, but now we own a £4.5m mansion – it's just unbelievable!
"The house is truly stunning and the views are simply breathtaking, even the rain couldn't dampen our spirits when we first came here, it was love at first sight.
"It has its own yoga studio, so maybe I'll take that up, although my son says it would make a great bar too!"
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The property is close to an array of Cornwall's sandy beaches and only 200 yards away from the town of Fowey via ferry.
The house, which comes with furnishings included, was described as an outstanding example of modern architecture and was designed by the highly acclaimed West Country architects Harrison Sutton.
The bright and airy entrance hall welcomes you into the property, with an adjacent home office that provides panoramic estuary views.
The main sitting room forms the heart of the home and gives incredible views across the estuary through floor to ceiling glass doors that lead onto one of the terraces.
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The home features a state-of-the-art kitchen and breakfast room features a central island and glazed sliding doors on two sides that lead out onto a cantilevered balcony.
A secondary kitchen pantry sits on the other side of the hallway, next to a stylish dining room with ample space for entertaining family and friends.
Upstairs, you'll find a large open landing, leading to the main bedroom, which has glazed walls on two sides and some of the finest estuary views the property has to offer.
In addition to a dressing area, there is a luxury en-suite bathroom with a walk in shower.
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The lower ground floor contains a utility room with a back door and playroom area that could be used as a seventh bedroom, again offering views of the estuary.
To top things off, a yoga studio sits at one end of the garden with yet more breathtaking estuary views thanks to the curved floor to ceiling window.
As well as making June a multi-millionaire – the Cornwall II House Draw also raised £2,100,000 for Marie Curie, an end-of-life charity that fights to make sure everyone gets to lead the best life they can, right to the end.
Matthew Reed, Chief Executive at Marie Curie, said: "Congratulations to June and her family on winning this beautiful home. We want to express our enormous gratitude to all members of the Omaze community whose individual contributions will collectively make a tangible improvement to the lives of people affected by terminal illness in the UK.
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