‘Invitation to View’ joins Historic Houses

Columbine Hall is one of the places open as part of the Invitation to View scheme.

Columbine Hall is one of the places open as part of the Invitation to View scheme.

In January, the Invitation to View scheme joined Historic Houses (formerly the Historic Houses Association) to enable visitors to access 300 privately owned historic homes and gardens, many of which are not regularly open to the public.

Invitation to View can be accessed by both members and non-members of Historic Houses, although members get a discount of 5% on admission. Through Invitation to View, GTOs can book to visit on a scheduled ‘open day’, but groups of between 10 to 30 people can also book a bespoke tour on alternative dates.

Examples of houses to visit are Halswell Park near Bridgewater, Somerset, where a major restoration project of the Tudor Manor is underway, and Columbine Hall near Stowmarket, Suffolk, a timber-framed house dating from 1390 whose owners, Hew Stevenson and Leslie Geddes-Browne, have transformed the interiors and have an eclectic collection of objects on show.

Typically visits will last two to three hours and include refreshments. More information is available on the Historic Houses website.