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This is our first cache, and is a fairly straight forward multi-cache. The coordinates are for a micro-cache containing the whereabouts of the main cache. Both are located a short distance way from the picturesque cyclic walks through the woodlands and countryside surrounding the historic Vyne House. The ‘initial’ cache can be reached from many directions, the best parking is the public car park located close to start point for the woodland walks – N51°18.620 W001°05.172.
The Vyne House was built in the early 16th century by William Sandys, later Lord Sandys of the Vyne, who was Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. Henry VIII visited the house several times and Elizabeth I was also a visitor. Local rumour suggests that the infamous Henry kept one of his mistresses at the house. During the Civil War the house was a Parliamentarian stronghold. However, that struggle reduced the family's fortune considerably and the 6th Lord Sandys was forced to sell the house in 1653 and retreat to his other home at Mottisfont Abbey.
The Vyne was bought by Chaloner Chute a wealthy barrister who later became a Member of Parliament and Speaker of the House. He carried out various alterations to the house before his death in 1659 including adding the portico. This was probably designed by John Webb and when it was added in 1654 was the first of its kind in England. The Chute family continued to make alterations and additions. However the original Tudor Chapel, with its Renaissance glass, is one of the most perfect private chapels in England. The house remained in the Chute family until it was bequeathed to the National Trust by Sir Charles Chute who died in 1956.
The attractive grounds cover acres of beautiful open gardens and unspoilt parkland. These include herbaceous borders, a wild garden and orchard, lawns, lakes and woodland walks. Highlights include the willows at the Lower Lake and views across the north lawn to the mansion, a mid-17th-century Summerhouse and its Edwardian-style garden and the 100 Guinea Oak, estimated to be over 600 years old. The garden contains what could be the oldest garden building in England, a summerhouse dating from the 1630s. There are foundations in this beautiful lawn of earlier houses that were larger than the present house. It is believed that the Romans when in occupation of this area planted their first vineyards in an area behind the building you see here, hence the name of the property.
There are a number of ways to reach the main cache, and you will need to cross over a number of stiles and the path can get very boggy after wet weather – so wellies or waterproof footwear is a must. The cache is a medium sized ‘lock & lock’ sandwich box, which at the time of placing contained the usual Logbook and pencil – as well as the following goodies:
2 x Pens
Tea Drip Catcher
2 x Fridge Magnets
Florescent Night Light
Dog Training Clicker and Manual (from Floss
2 x Twenty Rand Notes
Please take your time to enjoy the walk, and any “Twitchers” amongst you should take binoculars as you are likely to see some rare sights. Note that the Clockwise path to main cache can get very wet, and can be more difficult due to an unusual ladder stile.
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2.Oruvaq n tvnag pbaxre gerr, ng gur onfr bs na bnx.