I get a lot of requests for tours of the Cross House.
And I have given a lot of tours.
The briefest tour was to a woman who just stopped by. Within five minutes I could see she was not actually interested. I suspected that she had assumed a beautifully restored/furnished Victorian-era mansion. Instead, she looked at the many rooms, all seemingly destroyed by bombs, with her eyes in ever-widening horror.
I rushed her though. In/out in less than 15 minutes.
The longest tour lasted 5-1/2-hours. This was to a small group which was fascinated with everything and asked really good questions. And they had to see the carriage house.
Most tours last 2- to 3-hours. This is without the carriage house.
Occasionally, people want to reimburse my time and I gratefully accept! On one occasion I got two bottles of red wine and a mound of wrapped chocolates! Thank you, Rhonda!
Normally, I decline to give tours to people who just approach when I am outside. This kinda scares me actually because I have no idea of who they are. I have friends who were robbed by people they gave a tour to! One friend, while restoring his house, was locked in a closet at gunpoint while the robber stole all his tools! My friend reported that the robber looked totally normal. “He even apologized for locking me inside the closet!”
As this blog has increased in popularity, so, too has requests for tours. And people often ask: how much do I charge for tours? The simple answer is that I don’t. But numerous readers have told me that they are uncomfortable with this. “But your time!” Recently, I have been back/forth with one reader who has articulated something I have heard before: “It would be easier for people if you just stated tour rates. I think you should even have a tiered system.” I asked what she meant. She replied: “Have brief tours for X, longer tours for XX, and full-out tours for XXX. This would give people options, and I, for one, would really appreciate that. This would be SO much easier than my guessing. Should I give Ross $10? $40? $100? I hate having to think about this!”
So, I have been pondering all this and have developed the following.
- TIER ONE: $50. An hour-long tour of the Cross House. This would offer a quick look at the whole house.
- TIER TWO: $100. A two-hour tour of the Cross House. This would offer a more in-depth look at the whole house, including historical/social aspects.
- TIER THREE: $200. This is for the Grand Tour of the Cross House and carriage house. This tour will not be timed but is expected to last between 3 to 5 hours. Basically, the tour will verbally download all that I know about the house(s).
The above rates are for up to four people.
The prices are per tour not per person. So, if one person wants a TIER ONE tour, the price would be $50. But if two people want a tour (or three or four) the price is still $50.
If your group is five or more please contact me.
ALREADY GO FUNDED?
If you have previously contributed via Go Fund Me to the Cross House just let me know and I will be happy to apply this to a tour rate!
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