Once an important Tudor palace, this mansion has some illustrious connections, from Henry VIII to Jane Austen. Outside, there’s acres of gardens, meadows and woods.
A nationally recognised ‘Treasure House’, The Vyne boasts a pre-Reformation chapel with celebrated stained-glass windows, a 16th-century Oak Gallery and a tapestry room featuring newly conserved chinoiserie tapestries.
The Vyne was transformed from a cluster of medieval buildings into a Tudor palace between 1500 and 1520. This was the work of William Sandys, who became Lord Chamberlain to King Henry VIII in 1526. Now approximately a third of its original size, The Vyne once extended as far as the lake and was described as ‘one of the Principale Houses in all Hamptonshire.'
Chaloner Chute acquired The Vyne in 1653, only to demolish two thirds of it to create space for what is now the north lawn. The Chute family remained the owners of The Vyne until it was left to the National Trust in 1956.
In the gardens, the Lime Avenue leads to a 17th-century summerhouse and 600-year-old oak tree. There’s also a walled garden, which from August showcases a fantastic border of dahlias.
Crossing The Vyne’s expansive north lawn, take in lakeside views before venturing through the wild garden towards the bird hide. From here, survey the wildlife-rich wetlands before exploring the woods.
The Brewhouse tea-room serves light refreshments. The best picnic spot is the north lawn by the lake. A shop has highlights from National Trust ranges alongside locally sourced goods.
Family trails run throughout the year.
Saturday 9 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 10 September: 1000-1600
No booking required
Daily visits on average are 2-3 hours Contact for the day: Duty Manager 01256 883858
Event organiser is National Trust.
Disclaimer: All information was correct when the listing was prepared. Any questions about the event should be directed to the event organiser.