This internationally renowned five-acre garden is formed by a series of rooms which surround and complement a family home dating from the 16th century.

Hambledon, Near Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4EF

Vann Historic House and Garden

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Free for members
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
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The Historic England Registered Garden is some five acres, maintained with three days of help.

It surrounds and complements a historic family home dating from the 16 century, giving a series of garden rooms of great variety, from the formal old “cottage garden” at the front with delightfully informal planting, to a robust pergola of Bargate stone by W.D. Caröe.

A stream enters the garden from the north and first runs in a rill, enclosed by large Yew hedges (1909). Originally planted as a rose garden the depredations of the wild deer have led us to remove the roses and re-plant with foliage plants to give round-the-year interest.

The unique Water Garden by Gertrude Jekyll (1911) comprises a succession of small ponds crossed by Bargate stone paths and bridges. It flows down to a wild White Garden and coppiced woodland.

Island beds in the old orchard allow for experiment with more “modern” plants, and double mixed borders created in the vegetable garden allow use of more plants of special interest. The “Centenary Garden” (1908 – 2008) has been created to reduce the vegetable-growing area and comprises four “pavilions” of yew each enclosing a seating area with glass bottle paving, metal arches and a central raised bed.

Opening Times


The garden is open from late March until end of July on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm.
Please refer to the website for more details.

Refreshments: Home-made tea, cakes and biscuits available ‘DIY style’ on some weekdays and weekends – call to confirm. Picnics are allowed in the field.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit free except on NGS open days.

Adult £7.00

Children free

Group Visits

Pre-booked groups are most welcome. We recommend 1-2 hours to visit the garden, all of which is open to the public. All groups (15 minimum) must be pre-booked using the Group Booking Form.

Group entry without owner’s talk – £7.00 per head.
Group entry with owner’s talk – £7.50 per head.

Refreshments available for group visits only (except for NGS Open Day teas):

  • Morning tea or coffee with home-made biscuits.
  • Lunch.
  • Afternoon tea with home made cakes.
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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