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Invitation to View tours

In most cases, Invitation to View visitors are shown around by a member of the family or a guide with personal knowledge of the place. House owners aim to treat visitors as guests and, unlike traditional guided tours, there are no rope barriers and officious rules. The tours not only cover the property’s history, but also that of the families who have shaped the buildings and the landscape surrounding them. Owners will reveal secrets, ghosts and the skeletons in the family cupboards. Tours are usually followed by refreshments and a chance to chat.

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Tour dates

Select a tour from the list below or the calendar on the right, or by entering the date(s) in the Search boxes. You can also choose a tour by region, particular features or historical period using the ‘advanced search’ function.

Date/Time Property tour
Mon 25 Jun

10:00 am
£18.00

Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch, Shropshire

Combermere Abbey, with its large mere and 1,000-acre parkland, celebrates almost 900 years of history. The Cistercian monastery established in 1133 was dissolved in 1536, and the Tudor manor house created for the Cotton family included the Abbots Lodge.

Mon 25 Jun

2:00 pm
£18.00

Boconnoc Boconnoc, Lostwithiel, Cornwall

Winner of the 2012 HHA/Sotheby’s Award for Restoration, bought with the proceeds of the Pitt Diamond in 1717. Three prime ministers, a history of duals and the architect Sir John Soane play a part in the story of this unique estate. Beautiful woodland garden.

Tue 26 Jun

11:00 am
£14.00

25-27 Church Street 25-27 Church Street, Saffron Walden, Essex

Douglas Kent, a director of SPAB, put his training into reality when he bought an empty, unmodernised Grade I building in Saffron Walden. It’s famous for two huge pargeted figures and is C14, once part of the Sun Inn. Visitors can see his progress and pick his brains.

Tue 26 Jun

2:00 pm
£13.00

Morton Hall Gardens, Holberrow Green, Redditch, Worcestershire

One of Worcestershire’s best kept secrets. Perched atop an escarpment with breathtaking views, lies a garden of outstanding beauty. A garden for all seasons, it features one of the country’s largest fritillary meadows, sumptuous herbaceous borders, a striking potager, a majestic woodland rockery and an elegant Japanese Stroll Garden.

Tue 26 Jun

2:30 pm
£30.00

Wolterton Hall, Aylsham, Norfolk

Built in the 1720s by Thomas Ripley for politician Horatio Walpole, brother of Britain’s first prime minister, Sir Robert. Purchased from the Walpole family in 2016, the property is now privately owned. Currently undergoing major refurbishment, this is an extraordinary opportunity to visit an important, historic estate.

Tue 26 Jun

3:00 pm
£18.50

St Peter’s Hall, Bungay, Suffolk

Dating from 1280, St. Peter's Hall is nestled in unspoilt Suffolk countryside adjacent to the famous St. Peter's Brewery. It is a unique, romantic and historic half-moated former manor farmhouse.

Wed 27 Jun

1:00 pm
£15.00

Halswell Park, Goathurst, Bridgewater

View the inner workings of this full restoration project, called by Pevsner 'the most important house of its date in the county'. The Tudor Manor and 1689 Baroque Wing sit in an C18 parkland of temples, follies and lakes. The house is contents-free while undergoing restoration.

Thu 28 Jun

2:30 pm
£17.00

Ousden House Ousden House, Nr Newmarket, Suffolk

A pretty Georgian building, formally a stable and coach house which, 18 years ago, was fully converted to form an elegant and delightful house. At the same the owners have created a remarkable 8-acre garden which includes extensive herbaceous borders, a rose garden,water garden, a long double crinkle yew hedge, formal courtyard, clock tower and dovecote.

Fri 29 Jun

2:00 pm
£15

Harlington Manor Harlington Manor, Harlington, Bedfordshire

Harlington Manor is a house dating from the 16th century, though there is a possibility that it dates from the late 1390s and stands on a significantly earlier site.

Fri 29 Jun

2:30 pm
£18.00

Letheringham Water Mill, Suffolk,

A mill was recorded here in the Domesday Book, but the present building dates from 1740 with 19th century additions. It ceased operating as a mill in 1927 and was grade II-listed by English Heritage in 1966. Timber-framed with clapboarding and a plain tile roof consisting of two floors and two attic floors to the gambrel roof.

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