SUPERMODEL Claudia Schiffer wants to convert a rundown wing of her historic mansion into luxury accommodation for her dogs.
And the plans include an office to improve security at her historic 14-bedroom country pad.
She shares the home with Layer Cake director Matthew Vaughn, their three kids plus several dogs – including Rollo and Oscar – cats and other pets.
The German catwalk queen, 49, has now applied to West Suffolk Council to convert the rooms at Tudor Coldham Hall into an estate office to improve security, plus a kitchen and a luxury accommodation for her pooches.
Councillors will now decide whether to give the green light to the plans on the Grade I historic listed building – which dates from 1574.
A report into the works says: “The alterations proposed are restricted to the ground floor north service wing which is a single storey addition to the main part of the house, enclosed within a walled courtyard.
“The wing presently provides three rooms and a lean-to shed.
“The majority of this accommodation is finished with uninsulated concrete floors, bare brickwork and flint rubble walls and an exposed roof structure with a partially sloping plastered ceiling.
“All these rooms are presently under-used in an important location at the main entrance to the house and the proposed new uses will improve catering facilities, administration and security of the site, with minimal change in the existing appearance or risk of damage to historic fabric.”
Drawings include a room for two dog beds, work tops, open fire and sink.
The house is one of the most important historic homes in the UK.
It is said the house—built in the shape of an H in honour of King Henry VIII—owes its name to Queen Elizabeth I, who was nonplussed at being served cold ham when she stayed there and thus christened it Coldham Hall.
It served as a safe haven for Catholic priests during the Elizabethan purges, and still boasts a few priest holes—cubbies below the floorboards—which today make perfect hiding places for the kids.
“They used to always have magnets and strings going down to check if there was anything valuable,” confessed the model.
The property was also a meeting point for the conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, and remained in the original family for some three centuries.