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In­her­it­ing the fam­ily pile can present many prob­lems. His­toric coun­try houses, built for en­ter­tain­ing on a grand scale and for ac­com­mo­dat­ing ser­vants, are of­ten far too big for modern-day heirs and heiresses. Yet putting up the “For Sale” sign can feel like fail­ure.

Mark Warde-Nor­bury was faced with this predica­ment when his par­ents passed away and Hooton Pagnell Hall be­came his re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The striking castel­lated prop­erty is the fo­cal point in the pretty vil­lage of Hooton Pagnell, near Don­caster, and has been in his fam­ily since the 1600s.

With a deep af­fec­tion for the place and un­will­ing to pull the plug on well over 300 years of fam­ily his­tory, Mark had to de­cide whether to rel­e­gate the man­sion into the role of lit­tle-used sec­ond home or find a way of in­ject­ing it with life and pur­pose.

He works in fi­nan­cial ser­vices and his main home is in Lon­don, where he lives with his wife Lu­cianne and their chil­dren.

“It would break my heart to sell the

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