Inside Celebrity Homes: Claudia Schiffer Tudor Mansion – At her Tudor mansion in England, supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her family are surrounded by historic architecture and modern art.
Claudia Schiffer—member of the original supermodel club, iconic Guess? girl, magazine-cover star times a thousand, and savvy businesswoman—is well versed at navigating runways. So 15 years ago, when the Teutonic bombshell and her now husband, English film director Matthew Vaughn, turned into a half-mile-long driveway—unannounced and on a whim—to inquire whether the owners might consider selling the historic house at the end of it, Schiffer naturally won over her audience. “We basically knocked on the door and said, ‘We love this place,’ ” she recalls of the serendipitous moment. “They had no idea who we were or what we were doing there.” Months later, the couple, having closed the deal, were married there in front of 120 guests.
The 14-bedroom Tudor mansion on 530 acres now serves as the full-time residence to them and their three children, Caspar, 14, Clementine, 12, and Cosima, 7, plus a menagerie of dogs, cats, sheep, pig, and tortoise—the last a gift from Vaughn shortly after he and Schiffer met on a blind date. “We weren’t even dating yet,” she says, still charmed by the gesture. “I had told him over dinner, ‘I love tortoises and I’ve always wanted to have one.’ ” And voilà! One arrived at her doorstep in Mallorca on her birthday. It now happily resides in the stables.
The furniture is a mix of comfortable upholstered pieces, antiques, and family heirlooms. “Great homes sometimes lack that personal detail,” Schiffer says. “I wanted to have things in the house that are important to us because they have great memories attached,” she explains, citing an oak chest in the drawing room from her childhood home and a shield with her husband’s family arms in the great hall. “The stories these things tell are important.
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