I had an unexpected trip this week to The Vyne, a National Trust property. We had intended to pop into West Green gardens but it was closed and it just seemed such a waste of a beautiful afternoon if we didn't go somewhere.
The Vyne was built in the 16th Century as a huge Tudor palace for King Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, Lord Sandys. In fact Henry VIII actually visited three times, with Catherine of Arragon and Anne Boleyn though not both together!
It has a fabulous chapel with important 16th Century Flemish majolica floor tiles and some wonderful stained glass windows which feature Henry and Catherine in them.
In 1653 the house was sold to Chaloner Chute and was passed down through the Chute family.
Horace Walpole, the son of Prime Minister Robert Walpole, was a friend of John Chute who inherited The Vyne and together they worked on the building of Walpole's gothic style house, Strawberry Hill and they even copied one of the ceilings at the Vyne. Here's a link to my visit to Strawberry Hill.
Apart from all the history, it's got a beautiful garden by a lake, surrounded by woodland.
Here's a few shots.
|Sadly the photos of the Chapel windows came out all fuzzy, so I will have to get some more next time!|
|Really old tiles from Antwerp|
|Ice cream parlour in ice cream colours|
|The little summerhouse surrounded by flowers|
Nice isn't it!
Thanks for visiting.