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
Wed 05 Sep

2:00 pm

Coombe Trenchard Coombe Trenchard, Okehampton, Devon

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with Sarah Marsh, the owner of Coombe Trenchard, who will share her passion for restoring these beautiful Edwardian gardens. Your guided tour will then take you into Coombe Trenchard, a fine example of an Arts & Crafts country house.

Wed 05 Sep

2:30 pm

Glemham Hall Glemham Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk

The huge 16th-18th century house and its owner, Philip Hope-Cobbold, are equally exuberant – a double wow factor. As is the haunted staircase and fine 200-acre park designed by Repton and known for its ancient oaks. Bought by the Cobbold brewing family in the early C20.

Wed 05 Sep

2:30 pm

Hockwold Hall, Hockwold cum Wilton, Thetford, Norfolk

A Tudor house built by Sir Thomas Tindall for a manor dating back to the C13. Seized by the Crown in 1661 and sold to Sir Cyril Wyche, a President of the Royal Society. It was extended for Prince Victor Duleep Singh, son of the Maharajh of Lahore in 1895. Fine walled gardens.

Fri 07 Sep

3:30 pm

Clifton House Clifton House, King's Lynn, Norfolk

Probably the finest surviving merchant's town house in England, grade-one listed Clifton House provides 'the most remarkable catalogue of building periods from the middle ages onwards' (Pevsner).

Sat 08 Sep

11:00 am

Spencers Spencers Garden, Great Yeldham, Essex

Spencers' Garden is set in a traditional English country estate. Lady Anne Spencer, granddaughter of the first Duke of Marlborough, a forebear of Princess Diana, built the house in the mid-18th century. It is surrounded by 100 acres of parkland, grounds and woodland with fine, mature trees and romantic gardens which were renovated by top garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith.

Sun 09 Sep

2:00 pm

Copped Hall, Epping, Essex

A chance to see restoration in progress: Palladian mansion of 1753-8, burnt in 1917, asset stripped in 1950. From 1986 to 1995 a prolonged campaign was fought to save the mansion and its Conservation Area from repeated large-scale development proposals.

Mon 10 Sep

2:00 pm

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 11 Sep

2:00 pm

Wingfield College Wingfield College, Eye, Suffolk

Hidden behind the Georgian facade is the original chantry college of priests founded by Sir John de Wingfield in 1362. Inside are the medieval great hall, part of the 14th century cloister and Tudor and Georgian interiors.

Tue 11 Sep

2:30 pm

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 11 Sep

2:30 pm

Butley Priory, Butley, Suffolk

The Grade I-listed gatehouse of Butley Priory and the arch that once led out of the south transept of the church are virtually all that remains of the Augustinian Priory founded here in 1171. Unique features are the extensive armorial frieze on the north side and exuberant flushwork decoration.

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