Visit to The Vyne – 10th August 2012
With a day off work, we decided to make the most of the sunshine and drove over to make our first visit to The Vyne, a National Trust property near Basingstoke.
The Vyne is a Tudor house with extensive gardens including an attractive lake.
We arrived soon after 11am and made our way first to the walled garden. Here, there are an extensive array of vegetables which are tended by workers from Thrive, a charity which uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people. As well as fruit and vegetables, the garden also contains various chickens, a large glasshouse and a selection of outdoor toys for children.
We moved on through the garden and managed to secure a bench with a view over the lake, where we were able to enjoy a picnic lunch.
After our picnic lunch, we made our way down to the main lawn at the back of The Vyne, pausing to admire the Summer House and some of the more formal planting on the way.
Rebekah enjoyed climbing up into the lower branches of a large cedar tree.
With an eye to the Olympics, there were a number of sporting activities that children could take part in, on the back lawn. Holly and Rebekah enjoyed a sack race.
While we took advantage of some of the many deckchairs dotted around on the back lawn, the girls decided to climb trees!
We walked around the outside of the house before going inside to explore further.
Once outside, most of the family stayed playing on the lawn while I walked around to the far side of the lake in order to take a photo of the house.
No visit to a National Trust property is complete without a foray inside the shop – and today was no exception.
Once complete, we made our way back through the grounds having thoroughly enjoyed our visit.