Limnerslease - The Watts' home, Compton

As part of Heritage Open Days the Watts' home, which is privately owned, is opening its doors (for free).

'A tour of Limnerslease is a unique experience as it is the only house and studio from the 19th century complete with the original artist's furniture.  Ceiling decoration by Mary Watts in gesso relief, a style that later found its most sublime expression in the Cemetery Chapel.  You can view Limnerslease before the restoration of the studio which is a unique opportunity to glimpse the start of a nationally important project'.  

I've just spoken to Watts Gallery and they have told me that to get tickets we need to book in advance on the day.  Today they were sold out for all tours by 11am.  You need to call the visitor centre from 10.30am to reserve your place on the 3pm tour.  The direct number is[masked] or the general number is 01483 810235.

I am not making a booking for the whole group because as some of you know there are issues with 'no shows' and I don't want to find I have booked more tickets than for people who have come along.


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  • jill h.

    Extraordinary. The tour guide was inspirational. So nice to meet other MEETUPERS.

    Jill

    September 17, 2013

  • Kate

    Thanks Caroline for a very interesting look around Limnerslease & delicious afternoon tea :-)

    September 15, 2013

  • Penny

    Thanks Caroline for a very enjoyable afternoon. I thought the guide was really good and I will look forward to seeing Limnerslease once restored to its former glory.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Della

    Excellent afternoon. Much enjoyed and v interesting

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Doug

    Very interesting. It's nice to have seen it before restoration. Must go back when it is done.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Sarah P.

    An interesting afternoon. Look forward to going back after the restoration work.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Doug

    Thanks for the call Caroline. I will be there for the tour so will arrive about 15:40 and let you know I am there.

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kate, you had better luck than me, I tried at 10.30 and was told that they weren't taking reservations over the 'phone! Assuming that you saw my previous message I'll take it that you didn't include me (quite correctly) in the reservation you made unless I hear otherwise.

    September 14, 2013

    • Caroline

      We are all booked in 3'55 private tour. Same meeting time as lots too see

      1 · September 14, 2013

  • Suzie Q.

    We are all booked on the 4 o'clock tour, meeting at the same time as before (2.15 pm). This will give us time to look at the exhibition if we want beforehand. It was very busy there this morning, and parking will take a little while. I have liaised with Caroline, and havent duplicated anyone else's bookings!

    September 14, 2013

  • Doug

    I am afraid they wouldn't let me book over the phone. Shame.

    September 14, 2013

    • Caroline

      We are booked in 4 pm private tour. Please still come!!

      September 14, 2013

  • Della

    Thanks v much for update! Much appreciated

    September 14, 2013

  • Caroline

    No need for anyone to go there!!

    September 14, 2013

    • Caroline

      To get tickets this morning

      September 14, 2013

  • Caroline

    Update. Kate Andrew Julie and David are going on 3 pm tour. The rest of us are going on a tour starting at 3'55

    September 14, 2013

  • Kate

    Just phoned at 10.10am & reserved tickets.

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Suzie, Thank you for your very kind offer to get all 16 tickets at 10.30 but I think it may be best if I try my luck at 10.30 on the telephone booking system just in case they don't allow you 16 tickets - that way I'll know straight away if I've got a ticket or not and can plan my day accordingly. If I'm not successful I hope I have the opportunity to meet you at a future event.

    September 14, 2013

  • Suzie Q.

    I am bringing a friend so thats still 16 of us, If I go down there for 10.30 do you think they will give me 16 tickets?

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm afraid I'm going to have to miss tomorrow's meet-up - enjoy everybody!

    September 13, 2013

  • Della

    Hi Caroline, I'm now understanding from the visitors centre that one has to go in person at 10.30am to book for tomorrow's 3pm tour as happened to enquire. I can call in morn but not go there in person! Thanks Della

    September 13, 2013

  • Caroline

    I've just spoken to Watts Gallery and they have told me that to get tickets we need to book in advance on the day. Today they were sold out for all tours by 11am. You need to call the visitor centre from 10.30am to reserve your place on the 3pm tour. The direct number is[masked] or the general number is 01483 810235.

    I am not making a booking for the whole group because as some of you know there are issues with 'no shows' and I don't want to find I have booked more tickets than for people who have come along.

    September 13, 2013

  • Claire

    Definitely don't miss the chapel, it's five minutes walk down the road, and very interesting!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Allison S.

    So sorry, just realised that this is the day I have booked to see a Lowry exhibition at The Tate! Why do all the good things happen at the same time? Enjoy yourselves x

    August 24, 2013

  • Suzie Q.

    Can I bring a friend please? I might well get her to join as she came along to Les Miserables with me.

    August 24, 2013

    • Caroline

      Hi Suzie, that was quick! Sure you can:)

      August 24, 2013

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