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Notice: Please be aware that entrance to the house is via timed tickets, these will run out quickly over the bank holiday weekend so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Scaffolding will also be in place outside the chapel until 14 September and will remain inside the chapel until January 2016.

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.

Chapel stained glass project

Stained glass in the chapel © National Trust Images/Helen Sanderson

Stained glass in the chapel

Our 16th-century stained glass windows are undergoing vital conservation work. Climb up to the viewing platform to experience the chapel from a previously unseen perspective and watch the conservators as they work. Entrance to the house and chapel is via timed tickets which are available from visitor reception when you arrive and are on a first come first serve basis. 

Find out more about the project here

 

 

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.

Click here to find out more about the house and to see the room closures schedule.

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.

Delectable Dahlias

Red dahlia in full bloom during the summer

September sees us celebrate Dahlia's with the unveiling of a new border in the walled garden. The border houses all 28 types of RHS flowering dahlia classification, in a delicious colour palette.

Evacuees-a Tormore exhibition

Monday 27 July-Wednesday 2 September

To mark 70 years since the evacuated Tormore school boys left The Vyne to return to their school in Kent, we are holding an exhibition about the boys' time here.

Are you visiting the house?

Explore this grand yet intimate family home

Entrance to the house is via timed ticket. On busy days, especially during school holidays  timed tickets can run out quickly so arrive early to avoid disappointment.  For more information click here 

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