The house was built as a huge palace in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. It then went through a series of changes in the 18th and 19th centuries, leaving the house as an archive of changing tastes in interior design.
On your visit to the china room you'll find this Italian ebony casket, c.1720, with panels of pietra dura mounted in ormolu and encrusted with semi-precious stones. The giltwood rococo stand on which it rests is English, 18th century.
In the west corridor leading to the stone gallery hangs this picture of a cricket scene, c.1865, attended by members of the Chute family.
Carved stone head
This carved stone head representing God the Father is to be found in the ante chapel. The stone head is from a Holy Trinity c.1520-30.
Look for this wonderful example of Tudor brickwork on the south front of the house. The 'diaper work' is of blackened bricks in a lozenge or diamond pattern.
The Hunting Scene by R B Davis is a fine example of an 18th-century oil painting that you'll see in the upper west corridor of the house. It was photographed after conservation.
This detailed close up of a carved pomegranate representing Aragon is part of the wall decor that can be found in the oak gallery.
This impressive medallion terracotta bust of the Roman Emperor Probus (c. AD 282) resides in the stone gallery. It still exhibits very fine detail, despite its age.
A close view of a gold ring that's on display in the library. It was originally found at Silchester in 1786. It has an inscription on the band and the head of a lion marked on it detailing a curse. It has recently been suggested that this ring was the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings.
Stained glass window
This picture shows detail of The Adoration of the Shepherds by John Rowell (1689 - 1756) after Sir Anthony van Dyck, which you can see in the tomb chamber. Stained and painted glass, early 18th century.
This green schist (a type of rock) figure of Rameses IV sits on the north staircase landing. This is a cast of the original figure that was sold to the British Museum in 1956.
A quick history
- 1268 - The first recorded reference to the Vyne
- 1488 - The Vyne passes down through three men all named William Sandys
- 1510, 1531 - Henry VIII visits. He brings Anne Boleyn in 1535
- 1653 - Colonel Sandys's son sells the Vyne to raise money
- 1770 - John Chute adds staircase hall and other fashionable pieces
- 1842 - Wiggett Chute renovates the Vyne, adds heating in stone gallery
- 1956 - Sir Charles Chute dies and leaves the estate to us
- 2000 - Work under tomb chamber reveals empty vaulted chamber