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; the house survived years as a boys’ school.
The tour by Annabel Stretton-Derham, the current owner, includes the ground floor, original kitchen, gardens and working areas. Photographic archive of the house and people who lived there in the nineteenth century and when it was a school from 1948 to 1973.
Annabel suggests you arrive early to get the most from your trip by visiting the extensive furniture showrooms in the oldest parts of the house before the tour. Lunch is available at the tearooms where they offer delicious home-made food (book on 01986 483267 to be sure you can get in!), which is where visitors are served a full afternoon tea at the end of the tour.
Tours that are scheduled will be listed below. If none are scheduled yet, please check back later, or find other tours you might enjoy on our tours listing page here.
£21.00 per person for afternoon tours, £34 for the candlelit supper tour
Tea or coffee and a nibble on arrival at the beginning of the tour (served in the Hall) and a full afternoon tea in the tea room at the end.
For the candlelit tour: tea or coffee and a nibble on arrival, mulled wine at the end of the tour, followed by a two-course supper in the tearoom.
Wheelchairs can be carried up front steps and then all on one level inside. Gravel pathways outside – uneven ground
“Annabel, your talk about the house and its previous inhabitants was so interesting and informative, you made everything come alive for us … what a fabulous tea – delicious sandwiches and “melt in the mouth” scones – a perfect end to a perfect afternoon.”
“Everyone appreciated that so much history was shared in just two hours (and we LOVED the extensive photographs your showed us as well), all so interesting and lots of us want to come back to hear even more….and to enjoy another fabulous afternoon tea!!!”
“We got such a good idea of the past, but also what it is like to live in such an unusual house in the 21st century! We are telling everyone we know to book to come and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment!”