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Vann

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
Free for members
Facilities
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
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Accessibility

Unfortunately, large parts of our garden are inaccessible to wheelchairs or those with additional ability needs, but if you want to try, we would be delighted to welcome you. There is accessible parking available.

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A five-acre English heritage Grade 2* listed garden which surrounds and complements a historic family home dating from the 16th Century, and added to every century since, giving a series of garden rooms of great variety, from the formal old ‘cottage garden’ at the front, with delightfully informal planting, continuing south past a hedge of sweet smelling azalea pontica, to a robust pergola of Bargate stone by W.D.Caröe, leading to the enlarged field pond.

The beautiful Water Garden by Gertrude Jekyll (1911) comprises a succession of small ponds crossed by stone paths and bridges, and planted with many damp-loving plants that she supplied, including ferns, leucojum, gaulteria, pulmonaria, trachystemon, peltaphyllum, rodgersia, caltha, and more recent re-planting with newer varieties of hosta, hemoracallis hellebores, and astilbe among others.

Heading north, a stream feeds the pond, running through the orchard and into the ‘Yew Walk’, enclosed by large yew hedges (1909) recently reduced in width. 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.

Three island beds have been made to give added interest in the old orchard and allow use of more ‘modern’ plants. Double borders have been created in the vegetable garden for the 150th Jekyll celebrations in 1992, the north border using her colour gradients, and an opportunity to use plants of special interest.

A crinkle-crankle wall behind the greenhouse supports newly replanted peaches and pears. A ‘centenary garden’ was created in 2008 to celebrate 100 years of the Caroe family resident at Vann with yew ‘pavilions’, seats locally made from our own planked oak, and floored with glass bottles to reflect the medieval glass-works in the adjacent Glasshouse Copse, with locally made metal arches for climbers.

The vegetable garden recently replanted as a jardin potager with yew divisions, and yew also used as a back-drop for the herb garden with topiary cats and a mouse!

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 – please contact info@vanngarden.co.uk.

Private group entry with owner’s talk – £15 per head.

Refreshments available for group visits including:

Morning tea, coffee or homemade elderflower cordial with home-made biscuits.
Lunch
Afternoon tea with home-made cakes.

Opening Times

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.

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The garden is open on selected dates throughout spring, between 10am and 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.

Confirmed openings for 2024

10am – 4pm for all of the following dates:

1-7 April – open exclusive for the National Garden Scheme, no Historic Houses free entry
8-15 April
29 April – 5 May – open exclusive for the National Garden Scheme, no Historic Houses free entry
20-26 May
27 May – 2 June
24-30 June
1-7 July

Admission

Historic Houses members visit free except on NGS open days.

Gardens only – house is not open to public.

Adult £10.00

Children free

Group Visits

Private visits can be organised by prior appointment. Contact info@vanngarden.co.uk

for the latest information.
Accessibility

Unfortunately, large parts of our garden are inaccessible to wheelchairs or those with additional ability needs, but if you want to try, we would be delighted to welcome you. There is accessible parking available.

Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Getting here

Hambledon, Near Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4EF

2 miles off the A283 at Chiddingfold, left up Skinners Lane and left again in to Vann Lane for 1.2 miles. The house on the right.

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