Things to do in The Vyne house
This Christmas, the curtain rises on The Nutcracker as you explore the luxuriously decorated ground floor of the house at The Vyne. Following heroes Clara and the Nutcracker as they defeat the villainous Mouse King, you’ll encounter plucky gingerbread men, pirouetting snowflakes and see a sumptuous banquet in the ‘Land of Sweets’. House ground floor open daily 11am-3pm until 1 January 2024. Subject to volunteer availability. Closed 24 and 25 December.
Successfully conserved: The Vyne's leather screen
Back on display following painstaking conservation, gaze up at an 18th-century leather screen festooned with 24 romantic scenes. Once damaged and in poor condition, conservators rescued this treasure at the Royal Oak Conservation Studio based at Knole.
Taking a closer look
Depicting 24 elegantly dressed couples engaging in ‘frivolous pursuits’ in rural settings, the oil-painted screen was almost slashed during a children’s sword fight in the fifties and became degraded under centuries of accumulated dirt and tears. You can see the screen for yourself, explore the origins of artist Jean-Antoine Watteau’s inspiration for the design and learn about the conservation of this treasure in a display room on the first floor of the house.
Curator's choice: must-sees at The Vyne
Whether you want to see the house’s surviving examples of Tudor craftsmanship or admire the exquisite taste of John Chute, here are four key things to look out for.
Venetian lattimo glass plates
In July 1741 John Chute and his friends commissioned these hand-made plates while visiting Venice. In a time before photography, these decorative souvenirs were a way of displaying their visit, featuring different painted views of the city. Made using a technique named lattimo, tin oxide was added to the glass to give it a white appearance. The images were copied from paintings and engravings. What really makes this set special is its survival. The sets belonging to John’s friends Walpole and Pelham-Clinton were sold after their deaths and are now dispersed. The Vyne is the only place where you can see a large, intact set of these plates (16 of the original 24 survive) which are still displayed in the cabinets made for them in the 19th Century.
Discover what to see and do in the garden all year round at The Vyne. Explore the historic summerhouse, see what’s growing in the walled garden and take a walk by the lake.
Discover centuries of history at The Vyne. Explore the people who shaped the estate, its royal connections to Tudor monarchs and its wartime role.