SHERBORNE ST JOHN, HAMPSHIRE
Built in the 16th century, and extended over the centuries, The Vyne was originally the home of William Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. Henry VIII visited The Vyne a number of times, with Anne Boleyn, and Jane Austen also visited the house. During WWII an entire boys' boarding school was evacuated to The Vyne from Kent. Inside the house visitors can see furniture and paintings as well as a family chapel. The grounds are particularly attractive, and contain a summer house, an ornamental lake, a walled garden that is also a working kitchen garden, and a number of signed walks. Events such as an open-air theatre takes place in the grounds, and the lawns in front of the house are popular for picnics. The house is undergoing major roof repairs and for a time only the ground floor will be open. Check website for updates.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- 1st floor of house not accessible
- Facilities: Braille guides, hearing loop and touch tours
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Please check website as opening information changes seasonally
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About the area
Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.
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