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5 acre English Heritage registered garden surrounding Tudor and William and Mary house (not open) with Arts and Crafts additions by W D Caröe incl a Bargate stone pergola. At the front, brick paved original cottage garden; to the rear, newly dredged lake, yew walk with rill and Gertrude Jekyll water garden. Snowdrops and hellebores, spring bulbs, spectacular Fritillaria in Feb/March. Island beds, crinkle crankle wall, orchard with wild flowers. Vegetable garden.

Gertrude Jekyll water garden and spring bulbs. Open by appointment.

Opening for NGS:
Sunday 25 March (11am - 5pm), Sunday 15 April, Monday 16 April, Tuesday 17 April, Wednesday 18 April (10am - 6pm).
Monday 7 May (2 - 6pm). Home-made teas. Home-made teas.
Daily Tuesday 8 May to Sunday 13 May (10am - 6pm).
Sunday 17 June (10am - 6pm).
Admission £6.50, children free.
N.B. Home-made teas Mon 7 May only.

Mrs M Caroe

For other opening times and information, please phone 01428 683413, email or visit

Water garden paths not suitable for wheelchairs, but many others are. Please ring prior to visit to request disabled parking.

How to find us

Vann, Hambledon, Surrey, GU8 4EF

6m S of Godalming. A283 to Lane End, Hambledon. On NGS days only, follow yellow Vann signs for 2m. Please park in the field, not in the road. At other times follow the website instructions.

More about Vann

A 5-acre English heritage Grade 2* listed garden which surrounds and complements a historic family home dating from the 16th Century, and added to each 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, recently dredged.

The unique 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,and caltha, and more recent re-planting with newer varieties of hosta, hemoracallis hellebores and astilbe among others.

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 stream runs through the garden from the north, 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.

A crinkle-crankle wall behind the greenhouse supports newly replanted peaches and pears A 'centenary garden' was created in 2008 to the south of the greenhouse 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 wood and locally made metal arches for climbers..

A yew hedge provides a back-drop for the herb garden with topiary cats and a mouse !
Plantings filling other corners make an integrated whole.