Picnics at The Vyne

A family enjoy a picnic on the north lawn at The Vyne

Strawberries and cream, sandwiches or summer punch, whatever delights you’ve packed for your picnic, you’ll find somewhere to lounge and enjoy it. Have a read of the picnic guide below and pick out your preferred spot for a leisurely luncheon.

Popular spots

North lawn

Heart of the hubbub or further afield? This is the most popular spot for picnickers at The Vyne. Great if you like being part of the action. In school holidays and at weekends, expect to be joined by lots of families.
What’s the view like? You’ll be sat on a sprawling lawn by a wide lake with views of peaceful meadows beyond. If you like historic architecture, you can take in the grandeur of The Vyne’s classical portico.
Picnic ‘perch’ provided? Some deckchairs are available to use for free, but bring a picnic blanket in case these are all in use.
How far to the tea-room? Just a minute’s walk.
How far to the toilets? This is a minute away.
Great for sun basking or avoiding the rays? This is the place to soak up the Vitamin D.


Orchard

Heart of the hubbub or further afield? After the north lawn, the orchard is the next most popular patch for picnics. On busy days during school holidays and at weekends, you’ll still be part of the family throng here. 
What’s the view like? There’s more bushes and trees around here and the ground is more hilly. You’ll have views of the lake and meadows on one side and a view of the domed roof of the summerhouse on the other.
Picnic ‘perch’ provided? No, you’ll need to bring your picnic blankets.
How far to the tea-room? Depends whereabouts you sit, but between a 2 to 5 minute walk.
How far to the toilets? Again this depends where you sit. If you’re nearer the house, it’s a 2 to 3 minute walk to the tea-room toilets. If you’re on the furthest end of the orchard away from the house, it’s quicker to head through the walled garden to the toilets by Visitor Reception. This is a 2 to 3 minute walk.  
Great for sun basking or avoiding the rays? While there are trees here, the landscape is still very open. Please don’t be annoyed if some of the larger trees have barriers around them. This is to prevent the grass from dying off and to keep The Vyne looking lush and green for you. 
 


Quieter spots

Wild garden

Heart of the hubbub or further afield? This is area is more secluded. While you’re away from the main bustle of visitors, you’ll still have passers-by strolling along the main path between the house and the wider estate.
What’s the view like? You can enjoy the lush vegetation of the wild garden with glimpses of the lake and meadows.
Picnic ‘perch’ provided? Yes, there is a bench and a picnic table located here. Though if these are already being used, you can always revert to your picnic rug.
How far to the tea-room? A four to ten minute walk depending how far along the path you go. 
How far to the toilets? A four to ten minute amble.
Great for sun basking or avoiding the rays? Despite the vegetation, you’ll still be in the open. 
 


Lakeside benches

Heart of the hubbub or further afield? This area is relatively quiet. Expect a gentle stream of passers-by.
What’s the view like? Views across the lake of the house with its portico. Behind you there is a rolling parkland landscape.
Picnic ‘perch’ provided? Yes, there are three benches along here.
How far to the tea-room? About a 15 minute walk.
How far to the toilets? Your nearest toilets from here are the ones near Visitor Reception, next to the walled garden. Depending on how far you’ve gone, this’ll be a 2 to 10 minute walk.
Great for sun basking or avoiding the rays? These spots are in full sun. 


Handy stop-off point

 

Visitor Reception benches

Heart of the hubbub or further afield? This is a hive of activity where visitors arrive and leave and at intervals the buggy picks up and drops off visitors at the buggy stop nearby. This is a handy spot if you just need to sit down or stop to feed ravenous kids. 
What’s the view like? Rural grassy surroundings. You can watch people coming and going.
Picnic ‘perch’ provided? Yes, two picnic benches are located here.
How far to the tea-room? A 15 minute walk or, if you have mobility problems, you can ask Visitor Reception to call the buggy for you. This can drop you off close to the tea-room.
How far to the toilets? A one minute walk.
Great for sun basking or avoiding the rays? One of these spots is in full sun all day. The other can be partially shady depending on the time of day. 
 

Keeping cool

When the summer sun’s at its height around midday, there’s very little shade in the gardens. Young families in particular might prefer to arrive early to enjoy the gardens while it’s still relatively cool. Later, when the sun is at its strongest you could then explore the house or sit inside the Brewhouse tea-room with cold drinks and ice-cream. Longer legs can avoid the sun by heading off into Morgaston Woods for a stroll under a leafy canopy.