The gardens at The Vyne

The lake at The Vyne

Historically, cattle and sheep grazed right up to the house, poking their heads in the windows in between spates of natural lawn mowing. Today, visitors can laze on the lawn, meander through the meadow or stroll through the organic parkland into the ancient woodland.

The nine hectares of garden surrounding the house at The Vyne have been tweaked and altered for over 400 years. 

Two lakes, a walled garden, formal garden and meadow along with lawns and a Graham Stuart Thomas herbaceous border sit neatly inside this area.    

Walled garden
Dating back to the 18th century, the walled garden houses a variety of fruit and vegetables as well as a dahlia border.

An ambitious restoration programme restored the glasshouse and the fruit and vegetable beds.

The summerhouse
Possibly the earliest domed garden building in England, the summerhouse dates from around 1635. It was variously used as a banqueting house and a dovecote.

Ipomoea lobata in the Summerhouse Garden at The Vyne
A picture of Ipomoea lobata in the Summerhouse Garden at The Vyne
Ipomoea lobata in the Summerhouse Garden at The Vyne

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 gardens. 


Hundred Guinea Oak  
Frail but still standing, the Hundred Guinea Oak is now over 600 years old. William John Chute who owned The Vyne in the late Georgian period was offered a hundred pounds and later a hundred guineas for the timber. 

He flatly refused to sell the oak which you can see for yourself at the top of the lime avenue. 

Useful information

Dogs
We love dogs and they are more than welcome to join you on your walk around the gardens and the wider estate with you.

There are plenty of walks for you and your canine companion to do together, through the gardens and across the wider estate. There’s also plenty of outdoor seating for you to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake after your walk.

So that everyone can enjoy their visit to The Vyne, we ask that you please keep your dog on the lead at all times and use the bins provided.

Dogs on a lead are welcome.
A picture of a brown and white dog.
Dogs on a lead are welcome.

Families

There are lots for families to do in the grounds, follow the latest trail, run around in the play area or take part in the self-led 50 things before you’re 11 and 3/4 activities as you go round.   Unfortunately ball games, Frisbees, bikes, scooters and drones are not allowed on the estate. This is to prevent further damage to the house and grounds.  

Access

The paths in the grounds are relatively flat and well-marked making them good for wheelchairs and buggies but after heavy rain they can become muddy.