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Notice: The over-flow car park is now partially open, the remainder will be left to dry out over the Easter holidays. Please be aware that parking may be limited at weekends and other busy periods. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Surrounded by beauty... steeped in history
An intimate family home, the history of The Vyne spans the centuries. From its royal beginnings in Tudor times to its place today as a intriguing retreat for you to explore, you can lose yourself in the surroundings that inspired great authors such as Jane Austen. Discover a chapel where sunlight streams in through stained-glass windows, a ring that may have inspired Tolkien or an oak gallery fit for a king.
You could enjoy the view from the house in winter of the first hoarfrost or the autumnal glow of the woodland on a misty morning. Can you see yourself spending lazy summer days picnicking on a lawn that stretches to a shimmering lake?
The gardens are a peaceful escape with secret picnic spots, or you can stroll by the ornamental lake. Why not take in the restored Walled Garden, now a working kitchen garden providing delicious, fresh and seasonal produce for you to purchase.
The ancient woodlands are a great place in every season from the carpet of spring bluebells to autumn leaves. Sneak into the wetland bird hide and experience glimpses of wildlife. Come alone or with friends and family, there's plenty to see and do for all ages of adventurer.
Cadbury Easter Egg trail
Sun 5 & Mon 6 April, 10.00 am-4.00 pm
Follow in the footsteps of Henry VIII and his hunters on your search for a Cadbury chocolate egghead. Use the trail to guide you around the grounds and find your reward. £3 per child plus normal admission.
A new perspective
If you're looking to see something different and want to learn something new, don't forget to explore inside the house. Our collection boasts some of the most decorative and interesting rare artifacts in the country. Experience conservation in action and discover how the house is maintained and cleaned throughout the winter months. Ask our room guides for more information as you go around the house.
Stroll through the ancient woodlands and see the changing leaves. See if you can spot the many colourful toadstools lining the paths, and you might even see a robin red-breast.
Throughout this year our house has suffered from water ingress and continues to do so during wet weather. As a result any items which are considered to be at risk have been moved to safety. Unfortunately the room most affected is the tapestry room, which means that the tapestries have been taken down and stored in a dry place until work can be done to protect them. Fundraising for rof repairs will take place throughout 2015 so that the work can hopefully start in 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Wolf Hall and The Vyne
The Vyne has its own link with the 'Wolf Hall' novel during a conversation between Thomas Cromwell and Mary Tudor where he tells her that her father, the King, will be visiting Lord Sandys to see his 'handsome new gallery'. Indeed, Henry did visit with two of his wives-Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn-albeit not at the same time.