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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
Tue 11 Sep

2:30 pm
£13.00

Finchingfield Guild Hall Finchingfield Guildhall, Finchingfield, Essex

Once ‘at risk’, this Grade I guildhall from the 15th and 17th centuries owned by the village has been restored for £1.8m (completed 2013) and is now a museum, library and hall.

Tue 11 Sep

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 11 Sep

2:30 pm
£30.00

Willey Park, Broseley, Shropshire

Willey Park is a complete example of an early nineteenth-century Neo-classical mansion of exceptional quality, the masterpiece of architect Lewis Wyatt.

Wed 12 Sep

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 12 Sep

2:00 pm
£17.00. Snowdrop tour with lunch £20.00

Hoveton Hall Hoveton Hall, Norwich, Norfolk

The Hoveton Hall Estate covers 620 acres of parkland, gardens, woodland, arable and grazing agricultural land and a fine Regency hall built between 1809-1812 of gault brick with a slate roof whose design is attributed to Humphry Repton and his son John Adey Repton.

Wed 12 Sep

2:15 pm
£20.50/£30.00

Earsham Hall Earsham Hall, Nr Bungay, Suffolk

This large, authentic Queen Anne house with medieval origins is home to an enthusiastic extended family and a haunting of ghosts. ‘Butcher’ Cumberland visited and Sir John Soane made improvements; survived years as a boys’ school.

Wed 12 Sep

2:30 pm
£25.00

Aldenham Park Aldenham Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Grade II* Palladian house. It has strong links with Charles I who took refuge here in a priest hole from Oliver Cromwell (leaving his coat behind) and, later, Charles II presented the Acton family with a fine Van Dyck portrait of his father, which still hangs in the saloon.

Wed 12 Sep

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 12 Sep

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 12 Sep

2:30 pm
£14.00

Old Bowlish House Old Bowlish House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Built around 1618, this Grade II* clothier’s house was modernised by the Georgians c.1735. A Palladian frontage and stone mullioned rear windows are two of the external features which enclose finely proportioned rooms, original fireplaces and a magnificent heavily-carved Jacobean openwork scroll oak staircase which winds through all three of its floors.

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