The Vyne is a 16th-century estate and country house outside Sherborne St John near Basingstoke in Hampshire, England. It is a Grade I listed building.
The Vyne was built for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain. The house retains its Tudor chapel, with stained glass. The classical portico on the north front, the first of its kind in England, was added in 1654 by Inigo Jones’s pupil John Webb for the lawyer and politician Chaloner Chute.In the mid-eighteenth century The Vyne belonged to Horace Walpole’s close friend John Chaloner Chute, who designed the Palladian staircase, whose magnificent apparent scale belies its actual small size.
In 1827, The Vyne was inherited by William Lyde Wiggett Chute from the reverend Thomas Vere Chute. Chute lived there from the death of Elizabeth Chute, widow of William Chute, in 1842 until his death in 1879 during which time he greatly improved the estate, particularly the access routes which were known for their poor quality. Horace Walpole had described them in the eighteenth century as so bad that the house “must be approached upon stilts”. His improvements were recorded in articles that he wrote for the journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.