Having twins is wonderful.  Having twins is different to having singletons.  Not harder, just different.  Fellow twin mums understand both the wonderfulness and the difference, joining a Twins Club is one of the best things that I have ever done.  This Monday I headed off on an adventure with two of my fellow twin mums.  We wanted somewhere interesting to visit, not much more than an hour from home and crucially it had to be open on a Monday, which not many places are.  That’s how we came to be visiting the Vyne just outside Basingstoke.

Visiting the Vyne

What lured us in initially was the promise of wearing hi-vis jackets and hard hats as the roof is being repaired and there are rooftop tours.  Sadly hard hats were not necessary but we did get an excellent views from the scaffolding both of the roof and the gardens.

The Vyne park

At present the top floor of The Vyne is closed due to roof work but the ground floor is still open to visitors.  This stunning stained glass is in the chapel in which Henry VIII worshipped with both Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn (at different times, obviously).

Visiting the Vyne

All that scaffolding made the rooms quite dark and it was tricky to take photos but I loved this Apollo mirror and confess I devoted quite a few clicks to getting a usable image.

The Vyne Hampshire

The Vyne is a National Trust house, our nearest is Polesden Lacey.  Do you have a favourite National Trust property that you will be visiting this weekend?



  1. November 19, 2017 / 1:04 am

    Such an interesting view from the scaffolding. Love the chapel. I didn’t know that Henry VIII worshipped in the chapel there. So interesting to learn a little about the history too 🙂

  2. November 19, 2017 / 1:33 am

    Fascinating! Looks like a great day out.

  3. November 19, 2017 / 7:09 am

    Hi Catherine, I always imagined that having twins was special, but extra hard work. It must be nice knowing other parents who can relate… The view from the top of the scaffolding is quite beautiful. I do like the photo of the Apollo mirror, it was worth getting it right.


    • November 19, 2017 / 11:37 am

      It is special and so many people rush up to tell you how sorry they are for you.

  4. November 19, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Beautiful photos, love the mirror, looks like an interesting place to visit.

    • November 19, 2017 / 11:36 am

      I would like a mirror like that (and a room big enough to put it in)

  5. November 19, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I really like the light in your photos (although I can imagine how hard they were to get right). The windows almost glow. Sounds like a great trip. #MySundayPhoto.

    • November 19, 2017 / 11:35 am

      I want to go back on a sunny spring day when the scaffolding has gone as the pictures of the ‘naked’ house look amazing

  6. November 19, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Really have got to dust off the NT card. Haven’t been anywhere for a while. Never heard of Vyne I must say. Those certainly look like extensive renovations. #mysundayphoto

  7. November 19, 2017 / 9:38 am

    What an interesting looking place. We love visiting NT places and learning about them

    Thank you for linking up

  8. November 19, 2017 / 10:13 am

    I love the stained glass window – gorgeous.

  9. November 19, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Love the stained glass and Apollo mirror. Don’t know how you were able to capture the beauty amid the construction.

  10. November 19, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    Lovely photos and great views, another interesting looking place to visit

  11. November 19, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    This is one that I haven’t heard of before but I shall add it to my list of places to visit.

    • November 19, 2017 / 11:54 pm

      Me neither before we visited but well worth a trip

  12. November 21, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    My boys loved their trip to the Vyne roof when we visited in the summer. We were given rather bemused (terrified) looks from the volunteers when I asked whether the house itself was suitable for my kids to look around (they’re 6 and 3). So we just went on the roof, it’s interesting that some NT places are still not very child friendly!

    • November 21, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      I find NT gardens to be v child friendly but the interiors not so much

  13. November 27, 2017 / 8:21 am

    What a great scaffold experience – I wish I was closer. The idea of seeing usually hidden parts of old buildings always fascinates. I’ll never forget the look of sheer terror on the volunteer guide’s face as my four year olds bounded into the toy room at Snowshill. I love NT for kids – very good tea rooms and parks to run around in – and usually very tolerant guides. Great post Catherine.

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