Houzz TV: Step Inside a Modern-day Home With Medieval Roots
When designer Katherine Briggs had to relocate with her family to Warwickshire, she wanted to find a period house 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 back 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, Katherine says. In 1923, a local farming family bought it, and they owned it until the Briggs family bought it in 2020.
Since then, Katherine has embarked on a careful restoration of the home, bringing it up to modern-day standards while honouring 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 baths originally from the Savoy hotel in London. In the kitchen, marble-look quartz worktops provide a durable work surface while nodding to the traditional white marbles often used in Georgian times. A wooden plate rack and Aga range also honour the past with style.