Shortlisted: 13th Century Manor House by Sims Hilditch

Interior designers Sims Hilditch have been shortlisted for the Residential £1 – £2.5 Million (Project Value) Award in the International Design & Architecture Awards 2014.

Commissioned by a London based client, Sims Hilditch were asked to transform this historic manor house dating back to the middle ages into a comfortable, practical and cosy family home.


Working with BLA Architects their first priority was to make the ground floor spaces flow. The existing kitchen was impractically small and not in a central location. By moving the main reception rooms, Sims Hilditch were able to allocate a large light filled room to become the new ‘heart of the home’. This spectacular new kitchen family room incorporated a stunning Neptune kitchen as well as an integrated dining area focusing around a vast inglenook fireplace.


The house was in need of complete modernisation having undergone its last refurbishment in the 1980’s. Our aim was to preserve the patina of the past, whilst seamlessly mixing in a modern aesthetic to create a more comfortable and elegant family home.


Following the redesign, the designers then worked closely with Listed Buildings alongside the Architect to retain many historic features of the property. BLA designed a contemporary glass and copper garden room offering a dramatic juxtaposition between old and new.