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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 31 May

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.

Mon 04 Jun

10:30 am
£22.50

Tissington Hall Tissington Hall, Tissington, Derbyshire

Built in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert whose family still lives here. The main part of the building houses the main hall, the dining room, two state drawing rooms and various associated rooms around its centre with the hall facing due east.

Mon 04 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.

Mon 04 Jun

2:30 pm
£15.00

Coughton Court Coughton Court North Wing, Alcester, Warwickshire

Tour of the private north wing of Coughton Court, which is not normally open to the public. The Throckmortons, Britain's oldest Roman Catholic family, have lived here for 600 years. Tours include the fine, award-winning gardens.

Tue 05 Jun

2:00 pm
£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.

Tue 05 Jun

2:00 pm
£15.00

Bodfach Hall Gardens, Llanfyllin, Powys

Ten-acres gardens surrounded by parkland and woods. Stunning display of mature rhododendrons and azaleas from mid-May.

Tue 05 Jun

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.

Wed 06 Jun

2:30 pm
£15.00

Ashley Court, Ashley, Tiverton, Devon

Small Regency country house (Grade II) with Victorian stable block and lodge cottage, apple lofts, walled garden and woodland walk. Originally built by Tiverton Wool merchant John Upcott the house was subsequently enlarged with the main building dating from around 1805.

Wed 06 Jun

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.

Wed 06 Jun

2:30 pm
£20.00

Bindon Mill, Wool, Dorset

An historic mill house on the River Frome in Dorset, which blends original features with contemporary living. Outside, colourful planting, wildlife and a hydro-electric power system live peacefully alongside each other.

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