Explore The Vyne gardens

Enjoy an afternoon in the summer garden overlooked by the Summerhouse © Claire Shuter

Enjoy an afternoon in the summer garden overlooked by the Summerhouse

The Vyne estate consists of 1,120 acres and is made up of formal grounds with ornamental lakes, woodlands, parkland and farmland.

Each area supports a wide variety of animals, birds, plants and trees.

  • You can enjoy fine herbaceous borders, a William Robinson-inspired wild garden, organic orchard and Edwardian style summerhouse garden.
  • Discover the walled garden which dates back to the 18th century. An ambitious restoration programme has restored a glass house plus fruit and vegetable beds, providing our restaurant and visitors with seasonal produce.
  • See the Summerhouse which is possibly the earliest domed garden building in England, dating from c1635. Designed by John Webb, and built in the shape of a Greek cross, it is thought to be one of a pair planned for the garden. Originally, the Summerhouse was ornately decorated with plasterwork and richly painted. It was variously used as a banqueting house, a 'lust' house and a dovecote.
  • Marvel at the ‘Hundred Guinea Oak’. According to family legend, William John Chute declined to sell it to a passing timber merchant who offered 100 guineas for the wood. The wonderful oak tree is thought to be well over 600 years old.

Why not come on a guided tour of the gardens? Join one of our dedicated volunteer garden guides and discover more about this beautiful estate.