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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
Thu 02 Aug

3:00 pm
£14.00

Netherhall Manor Netherhall Manor, Ely, Cambridgeshire

One-acre walled garden filled with old-fashioned flowers. Tours by the expert owner and garden writer.
April: Tudor primroses, old varieties of hyacinths, daffodils, crown imperials; Late April/May: Old-English florists' tulips; Late July/August: Victorian gold and silver tri-coloured pelargoniums, heliotrope, calceolaria and pompom dahlias.

Fri 03 Aug

10:30 am
£15.00

Linden House, Eye, Suffolk

Linden House is one of the most important buildings in this historic Suffolk town. The house originated as a Tudor period farmhouse, being converted to a Georgian townhouse in the 18th century.

Fri 03 Aug

2:30 pm
£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.

Sat 04 Aug

11:30 am
£29.50

Hoses Hall Hoses Hall, Halstead, Essex

Originally a Saxon manor given to Sir Roger Huse (also spelled Husee, Hose or Hosey) in 1312 by John de Buick, hence the name Hoses Hall.

Sat 04 Aug

2:30 pm
£17.00

Thorn House & Garden, Plymouth, Devon

Thorn sits on the south-east facing bank of the River Yealm in South Devon. The historical gardens principally created by William Arkwright have breathtaking views and hold an exotic collection of trees from around the globe. The architecture and vegetation have been heavily influenced over the years by an eclectic and eccentric mix of owners.

Sun 05 Aug

2:00 pm
£17.00

West Stow Hall West Stow Hall, West Stow, Suffolk

The gatehouse and Hall may have been built by the last abbot of Bury St Edmunds about 1520 although more likely by John Croft a wealthy merchant. The colonnade linking the gatehouse and main house was built in 1580.

Tue 07 Aug

2:30 pm
£14.00

Burton Court, Eardisland, Leominster , Herefordshire

Grade II* manor house, with medieval, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, at the heart of the Black and White Village Trail.

Tue 07 Aug

2:30 pm
£17.00

Kirstead Hall, Norwich, Norfolk

A fine Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house circa 1560 of E-shaped plan with stepped Flemish gable ends, brickwork with attractive blue diaper decoration and pin-tiled roof, standing in four acres. The gardens are partly walled with an important Grade II* octagonal dovecote in the grounds.

Wed 08 Aug

11:00 am
£18.00

The Abbey The Abbey, Coggeshall, Essex

The Abbey was founded in 1142 on land given by Stephen and Matilda. The recently restored Abbot’s stew pond was a feature when Edward II held court here in 1325; in 1293 the local vicar was gaoled for illegal fishing. The tour includes the abbot’s house and chapel, guest house, cloister, riverside courtyard with knot garden and hall of the manor house.

Wed 08 Aug

2:30 pm
£23.00

Belle Grove Belle Grove, Westhall, Suffolk

Extraordinary, memorable house which won the 2011 Homebuilding and Renovating award. ‘Out of a fairy tale,’ said Daily Telegraph spying a 20-foot fierce metal dragon poised on the chimney.

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