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Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG25 2AD
Collection of paintings and miniatures by Joseph Wright (174-1797), the English landscape and portrait painter from Derby. Wright is notable for his use of chiaroscuro effect, which emphasises the contrast of light and dark. The collection includes portraits of 'Robert Wilmot', 'Harvey Wilmot, 'Simon Wilmot' and 'Edward Sacheverell Wilmot'. The collection also includes the miniature of Mrs Sitwell by Jeremiah Meyer (1735-1789). Event not suitable for children under the age of 16.
Booking Details: To attend a tour please send requests in writing and specify intended time and date of visit. Write to: MacFarlanes LLP, 20 Cursitor Street, London, EC4A 1LT. Ref: HKI
Additional Information: Max 5 people per tour/session.
Directions: Exact location to be provided following application.
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 '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.
Access Information: A buggy service is normally provided to assist disabled persons around the site. The upstairs of the house is not wheelchair accessible.
Additional Information: Visitor flow around the house will be managed by timed tickets - these tickets are distributed on a first-come first-served basis, and on busy weekends we occasionally run out.
Directions: Look for the brown signs on the A340 between Tadley and Basingstoke pointing down Morgaston Road. Alternatively, drive through Sherborne St John village and follow the signpost up Vyne Road, then follow the signs to the car park on Morgaston Road.
Church Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG23 8PX
Worting House is a Grade II listed building set in extensive parkland in Basingstoke, North Hampshire. The building is now used as offices but we are happy to open a few of the rooms for public viewing and people are welcome to walk around the grounds.
Booking Details: Please book your place. Contact: Helen Gardner Call: 01256 817640 Email: email@example.com