Step Inside a Modern-Day English Home With Medieval Roots
When English designer Katherine Briggs had to relocate with her family to Warwickshire county in the English countryside, she wanted to find a period property rich with history and design potential. What she got was more than she could have hoped for.
The property sits in King’s Newnham village and dates to the Middle Ages, well before William Shakespeare was born in 1564 an hour away in Stratford-upon-Avon. At least one house was built and demolished on the land before King’s Newnham Hall was built in the 18th century, Briggs says. In 1923, a local farming family bought it, and they owned it until Briggs and her family bought it in 2020.
Since then, Briggs has embarked on a careful restoration of the home, bringing it up to modern-day standards while honoring its deep history. She didn’t knock down any walls but did convert some of the 10 bedrooms into bathrooms — there was only one before — and added original cast-iron tubs from the Savoy hotel in London. In the kitchen, white marble-look quartz countertops provide a durable work surface while nodding to traditional white marbles often used in Georgian times. A furniture-style plate rack and Aga range also honor the past with style.