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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 02 Apr

2:00 pm
£18.00

South Elmham Hall South Elmham Hall, Harleston, Suffolk

South Elmham Hall is a 13th century former bishop's palace standing within a four-acre moated site. The 16th century exterior of the Grade I-listed house hides a medieval hall, and traces of the bishop’s private chambers. Many features survive including probably the earliest domestic wall paintings in Suffolk

Wed 04 Apr

2:30 pm
£17.00

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.

Thu 05 Apr

2:30 pm
£18.00

Columbine Hall Columbine Hall, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Dating from 1390, the Grade II* timber-framed house is surrounded by a defensive moat which laps its walls. The owners have transformed the interior and filled it with their eccentric and ever-growing collections. Gardens include vistas of the rolling landscape beyond.

Thu 05 Apr

2:30 pm
£17.00

Hall Bishops Tawton Hall, Bishops Tawton, Bishops Tawton, Devon

Home to the Chichester family since the early C14, the current Victorian house, a vernacular mansion in the C16 style, was built in the 1840s for Robert Chichester by Philip C.Hardwick. Hardwick produced a series of grand rooms with splendid views over the Taw valley.

Thu 05 Apr

2:30 pm
£16.00

Haughley House Haughley House, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Late medieval manor, with C18 additions, adjacent to outer bailey of ruined Norman castle, destroyed 1173. Manor of Haughley was one of the foremost in England, previous lords included Henry II and Mary Tudor (present owner is the current lord).

Fri 06 Apr

2:30 pm
£17.00

Sidbury Manor Sidbury Manor, Sidmouth, Devon

Victorian manor house built in 1870s by David Brandon for Sir Stephen Cave MP (in Disraeli’s cabinet); described by Pevsner as ‘a mansion in free Jacobean Renaissance style.’

Sun 08 Apr

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.

Sun 08 Apr

2:30 pm
£15.00

Kelly House Kelly House, Lifton, Devon

Home to the Kelly family for over 900 years, this Grade I Georgian house offers ancestral intrigue and an introduction to the social and architectural history of country houses. The house dates from the 15th century with alterations from every century until 1877. Pevsner compliments its good contemporary features. Unusual brick granary.

Tue 10 Apr

2:00 pm
£35.00

Bridwell Park, Uffculme, Devon

This elegant Georgian house set in 100 acres of parkland boasts magnificent views across the Culm Valley in Devon, and is the much-loved family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten.

Tue 10 Apr

2:30 pm
£15.00

Chapel Cleeve Manor Chapel Cleeve Manor, Nr Minehead, Somerset

Chapel Cleeve Manor started life in the 1450s as a hostel for pilgrims attending the chapel of St Mary, which was built by the monks of Cleeve Abbey in the mid 15th century.

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