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Within each and every copy of The Stranger’s Guide to Talliston is a token that allows entry into an annual lottery to win a quite wondrous and unique prize.

Every year, at 12:00 midday on 6th October, a grand draw will be held to award the fabled Golden Key to Talliston to one fortunate child and their guardian.


The winner's prize will include ownership of  a private and exclusive holiday living inside the magical house and gardens featured in the book.


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Every one of the thirteen chapters of The Stranger's Guide To Talliston is also a real room within the house and gardens. Imagine what it would be like to dine upon bone china crockery in the Victorian Welsh watchtower or sleep in the haunted bedroom at Ravnsbrae Manor. That is all possible to the child who wins the Golden Key and opens the door to the fantastical labyrinth of Talliston.

Each copy of The Stranger’s Guide to Talliston allows one entry into the grand draw. Entrants must be aged 11-16 on date of entry. Only applications with an official token will be entered into the draw. All entries must be received by 30 September on any calendar year. Applications are valid for the current year’s draw only.

The prize is non-transferable and is only applicable to the winning entrant.

Full terms and conditions lie below.







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Competition details form part of these terms and conditions. Entry is open worldwide except employees (and their families) of Talliston House & Gardens, its publishers and agents, the suppliers of the prizes and any other companies associated with the competitions.


The week stay has to be taken sometime between the date of this year’s draw and the next (6th October).


All entrants must be aged 11-16 on date of entry. Proof of identity and age may be required. Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification. All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition. Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will be void.


No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or corrupted, or due to computer error in transit.


The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The winner is responsible for expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prizes, including any necessary travel documents, passports and visas.


Prizes are subject to availability and the prize suppliers’ terms and conditions. The promoters reserve the right to amend or alter the terms of competitions and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the competition. In the event of a prize being unavailable, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.


The winner agrees to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of country of residence and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by Talliston House & Gardens relating to any post-winning publicity. The winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries received by the closing date stated within the promotional material.


Confirmation of the prize will be made in writing to the winner. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted within one month of the closing date, or is unable to comply with these terms and conditions,


Talliston House & Gardens reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize. The decision of the judges is final based on the criteria set out in the promotion and no correspondence will be entered into over this decision. Competitions may be modified or withdrawn at any time.


The Promoter is Talliston House & Gardens, Newton Green, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1DU. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.

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