The Vyne, Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9HL
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 selling delicious, fresh and seasonal produce. Our brand new 'Hidden Realm' play area provides a great chance for little ones to let off some steam. Turf-covered tunnels with sound tubes, surrounded by an ‘Iron Age’ wooden fort and bridge, slide and stream that runs into a limestone-bordered sandpit – all designed to be crawled through, climbed up and slid down. There are hiding places in the form of mini bamboo jungles and a covered seating area is perfect for picnics. We also have a range of trails, quizzes and tracker packs for all ages of explorer inside and out, as well as a range of lunchtime goodies for our younger visitors.
This event took place in September 2013 and the entry is now archived.
There is no wheelchair access to the upstairs parts of the house and there are 24 steps with no handrail. The visitor entrance of the house has photo albums for anyone unable to go upstairs. Please be aware that you may be asked to leave pushchairs at the entrance of the house as some of our doorways are narrow and the collection is fragile.
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Date last modified: 12th June 2013 at 13:19