Private Afternoon Or Evening Tours With John Tarrow

MEET THE AUTHOR

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Join author and Talliston creator, John Tarrow,
on a personal journey through the labyrinth of
the house and gardens.
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Every week, you and five other 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.​

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WHAT'S INCLUDED?

FULL TOUR

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

 

 

 

YOUR FOOD & DRINK MENU

The menu comprises a Sweet & Savoury Selection of: Homemade Raspberry Scones with Cream, a choice of two sets of the six sandwiches for all guests, plus a fine Tea & Coffee Selection comprising: Whittards 1886 Blend tea, Café du Monde New Orleans Coffee & Chicory, Colombian cafetière, decaffeinated tea or coffee – or maybe some Fruit & Herbal Infusions such as Lemon & Ginger, Peppermint, Camomile or Red Berries.

 

We are also happy to accommodate dietary and allergy requirements. Please mention and suggest alternatives at time of  booking.

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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.

<< CLICK BOOK TO DOWNLOAD THE FIRST CHAPTER

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"A truly inspirational                 guest speaker"

MEET THE AUTHOR TOURS

Want to gift the experience or decide the date later? Click to purchase one of our beautiful Talliston gift vouchers...

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M E E T   T H E   A U T H O R   T E A   &   T O U R

The perfect way to discover the behind-the-scenes story of Talliston House & Gardens

 

T I C K E T S   &   T O U R   D A T E S

These experiences run on Wednesday afternoons at 12:00 and 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 a 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 info@talliston.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.

 

G U E S T   I N F O R M A T I O N

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 info@talliston.com.