Private Afternoon Or Evening Tours With John Tarrow
MEET THE AUTHOR
Join author and Talliston creator, John Tarrow,
on a personal journey through the labyrinth of
the house and gardens.
Every week, you and your guests can hear first-hand the incredible journey transforming the UK's most ordinary house into Britain's most extraordinary home. You also get to enter the magical world of The Stranger's Guide To Talliston novel as you step inside the book to see the locations that inspired the story. And afterwards enjoy refreshments in the Victorian watchtower.
Each room of the house & gardens is the setting for a different chapter in the novel – so as you travel the locations, you’ll experience the rich story, unique smells and sounds and discover thousands of objects from around the world – all combining to create a truly extraordinary experience.
For those who have read the novel, it's a fantastical way to enhance your enjoyment of the book. Or to get an insight into the incredible 25-year journey to build Talliston.
Two-hour guided tour with author and creator of the house and gardens
FOOD & DRINK
Indulgent selection of home made sandwiches, scones and hot beverages
TIME TO SHOP
Browse the bookshop & gifts selection from our pop-up store
PRIVATE & EXCLUSIVE
Book your tea and tour experience as you would any afternoon or evening event on the calendar below and note that you'd prefer the author tour.
YOUR TEA IS SERVED
Food and refreshments for this experience are the same as those for our afternoon tea and evening supper.
Our delicious menus are crafted to perfection by Meadow Hill Coffee Shop & Deli and delivered fresh for every event.
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HOW TO BOOK
PICK YOUR DATE
Check availability in the calendar below – or leave open to decide later
CHOOSE YOUR GUESTS
This experience is two to six people, so you can share with family and friends
BOOK YOUR EXPERIENCE
Checkout and receive full details of your experience by email
THE STRANGER'S GUIDE TO TALLISTON
Abandoned and alone, thirteen-year-old Joe lives his life hiding in plain sight in an old school bus in the middle of a wooded roundabout. That is until he is led by a mysterious raven to a derelict house that is the gateway to a dark and dangerous labyrinth of doors and rooms.
In this immense no-man’s land, Joe discovers The Stranger's Guide, a book charting this world without time or place, written to protect the last magical places on earth.
Learning to travel by the moon, the boy is hunted by sinister forces hell-bent on taking possession of the book, the house and everything in it.
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JOHN TARROW TALKS
Inspirational • Interactive • Immersive
"A truly inspirational guest speaker"
MEET THE AUTHOR TOURS
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MEET THE AUTHOR TEA & TOUR AT TALLISTON
The perfect way to discover the behind-the-scenes story of Talliston House & Gardens
TICKET & TOUR DATES
These experiences run on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 12:00 and Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 19:00 with special dates in the year around holidays and Christmas.
You can also purchase this experience without a specific date, either to use yourself or gift to friends and family with a voucher from our shop.
Your experience includes a full guided tour of the house and gardens by its creator, discovering the behind-the-scenes story of both this extraordinary project and the fiction book based on those adventures.
Integrated into your tour is an afternoon tea or light supper in the living room consisting of a sweet and savoury selection of sandwiches, cakes and refreshments of tea, coffee and herbal infusions. The included menu items are subject to change without prior notice.
Please allow three hours for your visit.
Tickets must be booked in advance online or by contacting us at email@example.com.
Please make sure you list the full name and specific dietary requirements for each guest.
After confirmation, final information, directions and guest information will be sent at least one week before the event.
These tours are open to 11+ only – and anyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.
Due to the delicate nature of the wooden floors, no high heel or stiletto shoes are to be worn.
No food, drink, or large bags or luggage may be brought into the house for this event.
Unfortunately there is no access for disabled visitors.
For any other questions or more info, please call 07760 171100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.