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Surrounded by beauty... steeped in history

An intimate family home, the history of The Vyne spans the centuries. From its royal beginnings in Tudor times to its place today as a intriguing retreat for you to explore, you can lose yourself in the surroundings that inspired great authors such as Jane Austen. Discover a chapel where sunlight streams in through stained-glass windows, a ring that may have inspired Tolkien or an oak gallery fit for a king.

You could enjoy the view from the house in winter of the first hoarfrost or the autumnal glow of the woodland on a misty morning. Can you see yourself spending lazy summer days picnicking on a lawn that stretches to a shimmering lake?

The gardens are a peaceful escape with secret picnic spots, or you can stroll by the ornamental lake. Why not take in the restored Walled Garden, now a working kitchen garden providing delicious, fresh and seasonal produce for you to purchase.

The ancient woodlands are a great place in every season from the carpet of spring bluebells to autumn leaves. Sneak into the wetland bird hide and experience glimpses of wildlife. Come alone or with friends and family, there's plenty to see and do for all ages of adventurer.

A new perspective

Delicate hand-work goes into conserving the collection © NationalTrust

Delicate hand-work goes into conserving the collection

If you're looking to see something different and want to learn something new, don't forget to explore inside the house. Our collection boasts some of the most decorative and interesting rare artifacts in the country.

Experience conservation in action and discover how the house is maintained and cleaned throughout the year. Up to two rooms will be closed or covered up at any one time to enable this process. Ask our room guides for more information as you go around the house.

Find out more about the room closure schedule here.

Tapestry removal

Painstaking removal and cleaning of the tapestries as protection from damp © NationalTrust/FreyaMurphy

Painstaking removal and cleaning of the tapestries as protection from damp

Throughout this year our house has suffered from water ingress and continues to do so during wet weather. As a result any items which are considered to be at risk have been moved to safety.

Unfortunately the room most affected is the tapestry room, which means that the tapestries have been taken down and stored in a dry place until work can be done to protect them. Fundraising for roof repairs will take place throughout 2015 so that the work can hopefully start in 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Lord Chamberlain's Men

We'll be welcoming the Lord Chamberlain's Men back to The Vyne on Saturday 15 August to perform the much loved Shakespearean drama, 'Twelfth Night'. See events page for details.

Chapel glass talk, tour and tea

Friday 26 June and Friday 17 July

1 pm-2 pm and 2.30 pm-3.30 pm

Unravel the importance and conservation work of our stained-glass. Visit the Chapel gallery (usually closed) and enjoy an afternoon tea.

Wolf Hall and The Vyne

Striking Oak Gallery that Henry VIII would have admired on his visits.

Thomas Cromwell mentions The Vyne in 'Wolf Hall' when he tells Mary Tudor that her father will be visiting Lord Sandys to see his 'handsome new gallery'. Henry VIII did indeed visit more than once.