Group tours of The Manor House are available as follows;
- A history tour of the building suitable for a group of up to eight people and lasting approximately 90 minutes; £60 for eight people and available evenings and weekends.
- A history tour of the building suitable for a group of up to eigh people and lasting approximately 90 minutes and finishing in the Pineapple Bar in the cellars which will be open to the tour party only. Refreshments can be included by arrangement. The price (excluding refreshments) is £100 for eight people and is available evenings and weekend. To add a second tour for up to eight people is an additional £40
- A history tour of the building including either a Gin Tasting with Sanction Gin which is based from The Manor House, a wine tasting evening and musical accompaniment by arrangement. Price on request.
The Manor House has a fascinating history. Present owner Ean Parsons began to research the history of The Manor House soon after he had bought it so that he could answer the questions of visitors who were understandably fascinated by the hidden splendour behind the almost anonymous façade. In so doing he uncovered an almost secret past – some of it intentionally so. The research led to the publication in 2017 of the book ‘Hidden in Full View, A History of the Chief Justice of Carolina’s Mansion House in Sedgefield’.
The Manor House is privately owned and funded by Ean and his wife Vivienne and is operated as a business and events centre. However they are conscious of the historical importance of The Manor House and the general interest that goes with that. As evidenced by Ean’s book they also have an understanding of the importance of the building and they are fortunate to work in the building every day, experiencing it’s fine surroundings and uncovering more details of it’s history as they go.
The Manor House is a unique and important building in the north east and until Hidden in Full View its history wasn’t clear. The owners are keen to offer the opportunity for interested parties to see for themselves the interior of the building and experience Ean’s knowledge gained from his research – though he is keen to point out that there are still many gaps and he is learning all the time. Therefore they offer the opportunity for group tours.
The Manor House is privately owned and though operated as a business the owners have invested and continue to invest in what they see as a historical asset therefore receipts from tours help to ensure that The Manor House is sustainable and is preserved and improved for the future.