The Vyne Houses
off A340, Southampton
Sherborne St John
16th-century house and estate reflecting changing styles and tastes over 500 years
Built in the early 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, the house acquired a classical portico in the mid-17th century (the first of its kind in England) and contains a fascinating Tudor chapel with Renaissance glass, a Palladian staircase and a wealth of old panelling and fine furniture. The attractive grounds feature herbaceous borders and a wild garden, with lawns, lakes, one of the earliest summer-houses and woodland walks. A newly developed wetlands area attracts a diversity of wildlife.
What's new in 2005
Family woodpecker trail and living sculpture walk in the woodlands; display on recent research and family activity book about the Tudor Chapel; extra value days are the first Monday of every month. .
Addressoff A340, Southampton, Sherborne St John, Hampshire, RG24 9HL
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