This Palladian family home was built by Thomas Worsley VI in the 1750s and demonstrates this man’s passion for horses and good taste. It’s the family home of HRH The Duchess of Kent.
The 6th Baronet of Hovingham, Sir William Ralph Worsley, lives at the Hall with his wife Marie-Noelle. His family have lived here since they bought the property in 1563, and the house they live in now was built between 1750 and 1774. Thomas Worsley VI designed the house in the Palladian style, centreing it around a stable block where he taught George III to ride. This gives it a really distinctive entrance which leads into the ground floor rooms. The house is only open for a month each year since the family lives there most of the time, but if you catch it at the right moment you can go on a guided visit of the house. It includes a tour of the drawing room, which has family portraits by Philip Mercier, and the ornate dining room with large Corinthian columns supporting the ceiling, built by London joiners West and Kelsey.
The cricket pitch in front of the house is thought to be the oldest private pitch in England and the local team still play there in the summer. You can also walk around the grounds, which have a recently-built orangery, and flowering herbaceous borders.