About Simon Herrtage
As a young man, Simon was heavily influenced by Sir Roy Strong's seminal exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the early 1970s entitled "The destruction of the English Country House". This led to Simon, when he was only 23, buying a magnificent, but almost derelict, Grade I listed early Georgian house, Island Hall, in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. Island Hall had been badly damaged during the war and subsequently suffered a tremendous amount of destruction including that which resulted from an almost disastrous fire. Simon was determined to save the house and, for the next five years, worked tirelessly to restore it. He sought grants wherever they were available and begged whoever could be persuaded to give him building materials, papers and paints - often in exchange for using Island Hall as a backdrop for advertisements. Eventually, having restored it to a very high standard, Simon was able to open Island Hall to the public, hosting about 10,000 visitors each year.
Having sold Island Hall, Simon returned to London and set up his own interior design business, where he specialised in helping clients, based in London and the English countryside, to achieve the renowned English country house look in their own homes.
Simon now lives with his family at Whichford House which he has also completely restored. Simon continues his interest in decorating English country houses and filling them with early English antique furniture.