Wassand Hall is a small country house located near Hornsea on the East Riding coast. It is owned by the Strickland-Constable family since the 16th century, and it is still inhabited by them. Although Wassand Hall is one of the smallest stately homes in Yorkshire, it is nonetheless one of the most interesting, because it represents the quintessential English house.
Wassand Hall was built between 1813 and 1819 in the Regency style. Its facades are humble but they display large Venetian windows. Overall, the outside is simple if not stark. A service wing and a conservatory were later added in the Victorian era, but they have since been demolished.
The interiors are delightful. The decor is very Georgian and Regency and each room remains simple, luminous and intimate. Many family portraits can be seen, including some by great English masters -Gainsborough, Lely, Reynolds. Visitors can also see a lot of interesting furniture, including a large share of German items -one of the ladies was from Germany. Almost every room can be seen, including the great hall, the drawing rooms, the dining room, the library, two bedrooms and an old bathroom.
The park offers a romantic view on Hornsea Mere. The walled garden is stunning. It includes an orchard, a fountain and the old Victorian conservatory which was once next to the house.
Wassand Hall is opened to the public only on certain days of the year -mainly on weekends in summer. The list of open days can be found on the website. Tickets are at £6.50 but it is possible to get a house- or garden-only ticket for £4.50. There is not much public transportation in the area, but the 240 and 246 buses from Hull and Beverley to Hornsea stop down the road.
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