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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
Wed 11 Apr

10:30 am
£18.00

Voewood Voewood, High Kelling, Norfolk

One of the finest Arts and Crafts houses in Britain, built by E.S. Prior for Percy Lloyd, 1903-5. 'By far the most interesting building in this part of Norfolk... a violently idiosyncratic house reminiscent of Gaudi,' says Pevsner.

Wed 11 Apr

11:00 am
£20.00

Layer Marney Tower Layer Marney Tower, Nr Colchester, Essex

Grade I red-brick Tudor gatehouse is decorated with Italianate terracotta. Henry, First Lord Marney, Henry VIII's Lord Privy Seal started the work to create a magnificent palace but died in 1523 and work stopped two years later. Henry VIII came to stay while it was still being built.

Wed 11 Apr

2:30 pm
£17.50

Brithdir Hall, Welshpool, Wales

Substantial 16th century timber framed hall house with large 17th century porch all encased in Regency remodeling of circa 1815.

Wed 11 Apr

2:30 pm
£19.00

Pitchford Hall & Tree House, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Described as Britain’s finest half-timbered house, Pitchford Hall was owned by the Colthurst family for more than 500 years before being sold in 1992. Now on the ‘at Risk’ register, the house has been bought back by Rowena Colthurst and her husband, who are embarking on the massive task of saving it, following 25 years of neglect.

Wed 11 Apr

2:30 pm
£18.00

Voewood Voewood, High Kelling, Norfolk

One of the finest Arts and Crafts houses in Britain, built by E.S. Prior for Percy Lloyd, 1903-5. 'By far the most interesting building in this part of Norfolk... a violently idiosyncratic house reminiscent of Gaudi,' says Pevsner.

Thu 12 Apr

2:30 pm
£17.00

Nantiago, Knighton, Powys

A borders long house with cruck frames of circa 1540, with later extensions and Regency Gothick windows. In use as local vicarage for 180 years. Attractive grounds with small lake and arboretum. Small collection of classic cars.

Thu 12 Apr

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 13 Apr

2:30 pm
£15

Harlington Manor Harlington Manor, Harlington, Bedfordshire

Harlington Manor is a house dating from the 16th century, though there is a possibility that it dates from the late 1390s and stands on a significantly earlier site.

Sat 14 Apr

2:30 pm
£14.00

Rugbourne Farm, Bristol, Somerset

A small, early Renaissance (C17) ex-manor house, farmed until 2002 when the current owners bought it as their home, saving it from imminent collapse. Architect Andy Paterson, with the help of his wife Zanna (lecturer specialising in Renaissance drama), has lovingly repaired it, and work is still being completed on the second floor.

Sun 15 Apr

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.

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