Claudia Schiffer recently gave an exclusive tour of her English home, a stunning Tudor mansion befitting the German supermodel who rose to fame in the early ‘90s.
Schiffer opened up to Architectural Digest about the sprawling 530-acre Suffolk property she shares with her husband, British film producer and director Matthew Vaughn, and their three children: Caspar, 14, Clementine, 12, and Cosima, 7.
The 14-bedroom mansion dates back to 1574, and it is said that Queen Elizabeth I christened it Coldham Hall after being served cold ham during a stay there. But the H-shaped house is a nod to another royal: King Henry VIII, Elizabeth's oft-married father.
With its rich past comes the occasional ghostly visitor. Schiffer, 46, told the magazine she often hears "creaking noises," and sometimes music will come on by itself. Luckily, there's nothing to fear.
"We had a medium go around, and she told us that actually all the ghosts in the house are lovely," she told Architectural Digest. "No one needs to be scared."
Aside from their spooky guests, the supermodel deals with some messier and high-energy residents as well.
As a mother and dog owner, Schiffer makes sure that her decor is kid- and animal-proof. "Fabrics are made of moleskin, which means it lasts forever," she said. "I wanted it to be rustic so you felt like you could have muddy dogs running around and kids with jam on their hands."
Amongs the carefully selected antiques and family heirlooms, bold pops of cheery red gingham add modern character to the rustic brick and wood accents.
The family's Elizabethan manor acts as a sanctuary for Schiffer and Vaughn.
"Matthew and I are very private people," Schiffer revealed. "The kind of entertaining we like to do is at home."
So long as their guests don't mind a few friendly spirits, Schiffer and her family seem to have the perfect cozy spot for dinners, parties and everything in between.
The September issue of Architectural Digest hits newsstands Aug. 8.