Chenies Manor House
and Gardens

Chenies Manor House is one of the UK’s finest Tudor Mansion Houses. Steeped in history, the Grade I Listed building is set in Buckinghamshire’s charming estate village of Chenies and overlooks the Chess Valley. The venue’s grounds boast award winning gardens and original 13th Century features including a Medieval well, a dungeon and a reputed priest hole.

Just outside the gates, to the East of Chenies Manor, is the Parish Church of St Michael and the private Bedford Chapel. Elements of St Michael’s Church date back to the 12th Century and it features a grand working organ which is frequently used for services.
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Beautifully nestled in the natural beauty of the surrounding Chiltern landscape, Chenies Manor is open to visitors and used as Buckinghamshire’s choice venue for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, events, filming and guided tours. The idyllic rural setting of the manor also benefits close proximity to London and London Heathrow, situated just outside of the M25.

Although it has never been occupied by Royalty, Chenies Manor was once known as Chenies Palace. The Cheyne family owned the manor from 1180 and passed the house by marriage to the Russell family in 1526. Sir John Russell became the 1st Earl of Bedford, the progenitor of all the subsequent Earls and Dukes of Bedford. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were visitors at the Manor and would have been accommodated in a grander wing, now where the barns stand. The manor house was the Russell’s principal seat until the 4th Earl, Francis, decided to move the family seat to Woburn around 1627. The house was then occupied by various tenants and stewards until the death of the 12th Duke of Bedford, Hastings Russell, when some of the family estate was sold. Chenies Manor House was bought in 1956 by Colonel and Mrs Macleod Matthews and it is now the family home of Charles and Boo Macleod Matthews.