Winter in the gardens at The Vyne

A still lake reflects trees and sky at The Vyne in winter.

If you can't stand being stuck indoors this winter, we have nine hectares of garden for you to explore. Pack your camera and wrap up warm for some glistening frosty mornings and a stark winter landscape.

With a light mist hanging over its surface, early visitors can capture great photos of the lake as they cross the main bridge. On the Lime Avenue, the trees seem to raise their leaf-stripped branches to the sky in salute.

On cold mornings, you may see mist rising from the surface of The Vyne's lake.
Mist rising from the surface of The Vyne's lake
On cold mornings, you may see mist rising from the surface of The Vyne's lake.

In the summerhouse garden, robins can often be seen flitting about on the soil, their flaming orange-red chests standing out from the wintry backdrop. The 17th century summerhouse, with its Grecian cross floorplan and domed roof, is a great place to dodge the raindrops. 

A view of The Vyne gardens in winter
A view of The Vyne gardens in winter
A view of The Vyne gardens in winter


From the north lawn, you can take in The Vyne's portico, the first on a privately owned English country house. 


Located opposite the house, Coots, Mallards, Moorhens and Little Grebes can often be seen punting across the lake, forming v-shaped ripples in their wake. At the water’s edge, weeping willows cascade their tendrils into the water.

As the temperatures plummet, you can capture on camera The Vyne's frozen landscape.
Frozen ice on the surface of The Vyne's lake in winter.
As the temperatures plummet, you can capture on camera The Vyne's frozen landscape.


The wild garden offers a gentle transition between garden and countryside. A short walk from the house through this garden leads to the open landscape of the wetlands. 


In blustery weather, the buffeting winds can have you nuzzling your scarf. When you’ve had your dose of the great outdoors, warm yourself up with a steaming hot drink in the Brewhouse tea-room.

Blow away the cobwebs with a walk around The Vyne's wetlands.
Foreground plants sway in the breeze in front of views of the wetlands.
Blow away the cobwebs with a walk around The Vyne's wetlands.


A note from Gardens and Countryside Manager Sarah Giles


This is the time of year when gardeners get to see the bare bones of the landscape they’re working with. 


In my role, you take into account the history and evolution of the garden. When there is less vegetation it becomes easier to piece together how the house fits into its surroundings.


I always find the feel of the place shifts through the seasons. Different views emerge throughout the year.


Non-gardeners are often surprised to find our calendar is actually at its busiest in the winter. We save the heavy-duty work for this time of year when wildlife activity is at its lowest. It means we can maintain hedges and woodland with minimal impact on nature.