Discover new experiences and untold stories

The staircase hall at The Vyne

Explore the Victorian chapter of The Vyne’s history and learn about a family dedicated to the mansion’s survival. In an exhibition, ‘Hampshire’s leading citizen’, discover the life and legacy of The Vyne’s last owner, Charles Chute. Until 29 November, you can find out about The Vyne’s 18th-century Soho tapestries which are offsite for conservation treatment. From 30 Nov – 23 Dec and then 26 Dec – 2 Jan you can see the ground floor lavishly decorated for a Victorian Christmas and follow the story of A Christmas Carol. On select dates, you can book yourself onto a Christmas candlelit tour.

Please note that at this time of the year, some rooms are closed for routine conservation work. You'll find a schedule of room closures at the bottom of this article.

A brother and sister linked with The Vyne's survival

Caroline and William Wiggett are being celebrated as The Vyne's unexpected rescuers. 

Taken on as an adopted niece in 1803, Caroline's legacy comes in the form of her memoirs that offer a rich and relatable window into 19th-century life at the grand house. 

William was announced as the surprise heir to The Vyne in 1827. From 1842, he took on an ambitious roof project at great personal cost which ultimately saved the house from falling into disrepair. 

Cast yourself back into the 19th Century in The Vyne's saloon.
The saloon at The Vyne
Cast yourself back into the 19th Century in The Vyne's saloon.
Sir Charles Chute pictured in military uniform.

Shedding light on 'Hampshire's leading citizen'

In a new display running from 28 October 2019 to 7 September 2020, find out how the estate survived through the turbulence of two World Wars. Featuring memorabilia from members of the family, highlights include Sir Charles Chute’s Great War medals, personal photographs and a touching homemade banner to celebrate his return from the horrors of the Front in 1918.

The story of The Vyne's Soho tapestries
The Tapestry Room tells the story of its magnificent 18th-century Soho tapestries, which are undergoing urgent conservation treatment. In this darkened room, projected images highlight beautiful scenes from the rare textiles and you can find out how you can be part of an ambitious plan to help save them.

A motif from one of The Vyne's Soho tapestries depicts a Chinese legend called 'The Oath of the Peach Garden'.
A motif from one of The Vyne's Soho tapestries depicts a Chinese legend called 'The Oath of the Peach Garden'.
A motif from one of The Vyne's Soho tapestries depicts a Chinese legend called 'The Oath of the Peach Garden'.
A Christmas tree twinkles in the corner of a room.

Christmas sparkle at The Vyne

With trees twinkling in almost every room on the ground floor, from 30 Nov – 23 Dec and then 26 Dec 19 – 2 Jan 20 12-3pm, you can dive into a Victorian Christmas at The Vyne. On your journey through the house, you’ll explore the Dickensian tale of A Christmas Carol. From old favourites such as the ornate Tudor chapel to new installations such as swathes of paper roses cascading from the banisters of the staircase hall, there is plenty to draw the eye this season.

Servants’ quarters


Larder
Previously closed to visitors, the intimate space of the Larder is now on public view, with its shelves and work surfaces brimming with provisions for a Victorian household.


Housekeeper’s room
Now restored to its historical origins, the Housekeeper’s Room has furniture you can sit on and a collection of Victorian costumes for you to try on.
 

 

 

A quick note

Looking after a Tudor mansion that is open to visitors 363 days of the year means that, at some point, we’ll need to carry out cleaning and conservation work while we’re still open. 


As far as possible, we try to keep this work in public view, so you can see how your support is helping The Vyne, but sometimes this is not feasible and we have to close off certain parts of the house. 


In case you’re eager to see a particular room on your visit, we’ve put together this list of upcoming room closures to help you time your visit just right:

Upcoming room closures for conservation work:


1 Oct - 30 Nov 2019 – Large drawing room, China room, Further drawing room, Stone gallery, The Study & Print room located on the ground floor.


1 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020 – All first floor except 'Hampshire's leading citizen' exhibition (Bedrooms x2, Oak gallery, Tapestry room, Little tapestry room, Library) Don’t forget though, that the ground floor will still be open and lavishly decorated for a Victorian Christmas from 30 November until 23 December and then from 26 December 2019 until 2 January 2020 12-3pm.


6-7 Jan 2020 – Servants’ quarters located on the ground floor (Larder, Housekeeper’s Room, Bookshop).


8-19 Jan 2020 – Servants’ quarters plus an extra corridor located on the ground floor (Old kitchen, Larder, Housekeeper’s Room, Bookshop) and locker room.

If you're interested in a particular item in the house, we recommend you book a free appointment with the house team in advance on 01256 883858.