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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
Thu 17 May

2:30 pm
£17.00

Ousden House Ousden House, Nr Newmarket, Suffolk

A pretty Georgian building, formally a stable and coach house which, 18 years ago, was fully converted to form an elegant and delightful house. At the same the owners have created a remarkable 8-acre garden which includes extensive herbaceous borders, a rose garden,water garden, a long double crinkle yew hedge, formal courtyard, clock tower and dovecote.

Fri 18 May

11:30 am
£29.50

Hoses Hall Hoses Hall, Halstead, Essex

Originally a Saxon manor given to Sir Roger Huse (also spelled Husee, Hose or Hosey) in 1312 by John de Buick, hence the name Hoses Hall.

Fri 18 May

2:30 pm
£17.00

Thorn House & Garden, Plymouth, Devon

Thorn sits on the south-east facing bank of the River Yealm in South Devon. The historical gardens principally created by William Arkwright have breathtaking views and hold an exotic collection of trees from around the globe. The architecture and vegetation have been heavily influenced over the years by an eclectic and eccentric mix of owners.

Sat 19 May

1:00 pm
£18.00

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, Essex

Described by Historic England as the ‘most important site for the history of explosives in Europe’ this remarkable and beautiful landscape chronicles the development of explosives, propellants and finally rocket motors and fuels from the Civil War to the Cold War, including rare surviving WW1 factory buildings, and intriguing structures and earthworks.

Sun 20 May

2:00 pm
£15.00

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.

Sun 20 May

2:00 pm
£17.50

Cothelstone Manor Cothelstone Manor, Taunton, Somerset

Home of Nigel and Finny Muers-Raby and their three sons, the Manor is a grade II*-listed house situated in stunning countryside at the foot of the Quantock Hills and dates from the early 1600s, although there has been a settlement at Cothelstone since Saxon times

Mon 21 May

10:30 am
£22.50

Tissington Hall Tissington Hall, Tissington, Derbyshire

Built in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert whose family still lives here. The main part of the building houses the main hall, the dining room, two state drawing rooms and various associated rooms around its centre with the hall facing due east.

Mon 21 May

2:00 pm
£18.00

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.

Mon 21 May

2:30 pm
£15.00

Coughton Court Coughton Court North Wing, Alcester, Warwickshire

Tour of the private north wing of Coughton Court, which is not normally open to the public. The Throckmortons, Britain's oldest Roman Catholic family, have lived here for 600 years. Tours include the fine, award-winning gardens.

Mon 21 May

2:30 pm
£17.50

Great Fulford Great Fulford, Nr Exeter, Devon

Home of the Fulford family since c1190. Mainly early Tudor, built round a courtyard. Late C17th linenfold-panelled, double-height Great Hall with coved ceiling and good early Renaissance work. Grand early C18 staircase. South wing remodelled in the ‘gothic’ taste by James Wyatt in 1805.

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