Huge interest in house tours

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THE first public visits to Britain’s biggest stately home for nearly 20 years have proved so popular they have sold out more than a week in advance.

But organisers now hope to arrange more.

The £8.50 guided tours of the Grade I-listed Wentworth Woodhouse are on Sunday, September 2.

It will be the first time the mansion has been open to the public since the marriage of the former owner, Wensley Haydon-Baillie in 1994 when Prince Michael of Kent was best man and Wentworth villagers were invited to a reception at the home.

Clifford Newbould, the current owner, who bought the house for £1.5 million more than 10 years ago, has agreed for small groups of the public to visit the house on September 2 to coincide with Wentworth Village Gala and a classic vehicle show in the property’s grounds.

However, the tours have proved so popular they have been oversubscribed and no more can take place on that date.

But a spokeswoman for the tours said that because of the huge interest shown in them it was hoped to arrange more at a later date.