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