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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
Sun 08 Jul

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.

Sun 08 Jul

2:30 pm
£15.00

Silverstone Farm, East Dereham, Norfolk

House and garden of George Carter ‘one of 10 best garden designers in Britain’ Sunday Times. Visitors see ground floor of 1920s neo-Georgian farmhouse, library in barn (part of 1830s farmyard complex) and elegant formal gardens in 2 acres, all accompanied by the owner.

Tue 10 Jul

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 10 Jul

2:30 pm
£18.50

Bressingham Hall Bressingham Hall, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk

Grade II-listed country mansion and its companion High Barn, lovingly restored to their elegant Regency origins by the Bloom family, which has just celebrated seven decades there. Surrounded by 17 acres of world famous gardens.

Tue 10 Jul

2:30 pm
£17.00/£21.00/£40.00

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.

Tue 10 Jul

2:30 pm
£18.00

Iscoyd Park Iscoyd Park, Whitchurch, Shropshire

Iscoyd Park has a rich and varied history with a string of colourful owners over the centuries. The house, as seen today, dates back to 1737. However, parts date back to 1700 and there was certainly a dwelling there some centuries before that.

Wed 11 Jul

10:00 am
£16.00

Ingatestone Hall Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex

Ingatestone Hall is a 16th century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and still occupied by his descendants. It contains furniture, pictures and family memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.

Wed 11 Jul

10:30 am
£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.

Wed 11 Jul

10:30 am
£30.00

Raynham Hall, Fakenham, Norfolk

Grade I* early C17th house by Sir Roger Townshend with interiors redesigned by William Kent dating from 1725, these were carried out for the second Viscount Townshend, an important political figure at the court of Queen Anne and King George I.

Wed 11 Jul

11:00 am
£40.00 inc lunch

Hintlesham Hall Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk

Sections of the Hall date back to the mid C15. Façade built by Richard Powys c.1720 conceals Grade I, C-shape Elizabethan mansion of which chimney breasts remain.

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