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 30 Apr

10:00 am

Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch, Shropshire

Combermere Abbey, with its large mere and 1,000-acre parkland, celebrates almost 900 years of history. The Cistercian monastery established in 1133 was dissolved in 1536, and the Tudor manor house created for the Cotton family included the Abbots Lodge.

Tue 01 May

2:00 pm

Morton Hall Gardens, Holberrow Green, Redditch, Worcestershire

One of Worcestershire’s best kept secrets. Perched atop an escarpment with breathtaking views, lies a garden of outstanding beauty. A garden for all seasons, it features one of the country’s largest fritillary meadows, sumptuous herbaceous borders, a striking potager, a majestic woodland rockery and an elegant Japanese Stroll Garden.

Tue 01 May

2:30 pm

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 02 May

2:00 pm

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.

Wed 02 May

2:00 pm

Hartsheath, Pontblyddyn, Mold, Flintshire

Hartsheath is a Grade II* country house in neo-classical style, set in a 19th century landscape park. The house dates to the early 18th century, though it was heavily rebuilt in the early 19th century.

Wed 02 May

2:30 pm

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 03 May

2:30 pm

Stanstead Bury Stanstead Bury, Nr Ware, Herts

Stanstead Bury is an intriguing house of Tudor origin. Originally a monastic property, it has been occupied for the majority of this period since the dissolution by three families: the Baeshes, Fieldes and Trowers. They have all left their mark and the house is now an unusual mix of architectural styles.

Thu 03 May

3:00 pm

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 04 May

10:30 am

Millichope Park, Munslow, Shropshire

Grade II* Greek Revival house set in Grade II*, 25-acre landscaped gardens, which include large lakes, cascades and the George Stuert temple.

Sat 05 May

2:30 pm

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.

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