Overview

Historic Chenies Manor is open to visitors and is available for wedding ceremonies, receptions, exhibitions, events, filming and guided tours.

Beautifully nestled in the natural beauty of the Chilterns on the Herts/Bucks border. The idyllic rural setting of the manor also benefits close proximity to London and London Heathrow, situated just outside of the M25. Chenies Manor House is one of the UK’s finest Tudor Mansion Houses. Steeped in history, the Grade I Listed estate 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. Although it has never been occupied by Royalty, both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were visitors. Chenies Manor House was bought in 1956 by Colonel and Mrs Macleod Matthews and has since remained as the Macleod Matthews family home.


Opening
Opening

2020

Our gardens are open to visitors every Wednesday & Thursday afternoons 2pm to 5pm from April to October.

From April to October we are able to accommodate group tours for a minimum of 20 people.

Find Us
Find us

From M25: Take exit 18 west towards Chorleywood/Amersham on A404.

There are local buses from Rickmansworth and Chorleywood underground stations (Metropolitan line) Chalfont & Latimer station (on the Chiltern Line) is a short distance away - all have local taxi companies available to bring you to Chenies Manor.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Tudor Cars 01923 774466

Admission
Admission

Free for Historic Houses members.

£6 for garden only, £9 for house and garden to include a guided tour of the house.

Group Visits
Group Visits

From April to October we are able to host group tours in the House and Gardens for a minimum of 20 people. Tours of Chenies Manor House itself will be guided, whilst the gardens can either be self-guided or led by our Head Gardener.

Private group tours are offered on Monday afternoons, Tuesday anytime, Wednesday morning or Thursday morning. Alternatively, groups can also join tours when we are open to the general public on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Group tours must be booked in advance.

enquries@cheniesmanorhouse.co.uk 01494 762 888.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Weddings

With history stretching back over 600 years, the privately owned Chenies Manor is tailor-made to make your day special. Chenies Manor House is a beautiful historic backdrop for civil ceremonies and receptions. We allow you the freedom to organise your unique celebration as only a private family home can; flexibility to tailor-make your special day.

This Grade I listed estate is a hidden gem in Buckinghamshire’s charming estate village of Chenies and overlooks the Chess Valley in the Chiltern Hills. Off the beaten track, yet only 40 miles from London and a few miles from junction 18 of M25.

With history stretching back over 600 years, the privately owned Chenies Manor is tailor-made to make your day special. Chenies Manor House is a beautiful historic backdrop for civil ceremonies and receptions from our romantic gazebo to the luxurious setting of the historic Longroom; we provide a flexible blank canvas to create a luxury country manor house wedding.

A previous winner of the Historic Houses & Christie's Garden of the Year Award, its beautiful five acres of garden include The Sunken Garden, White Garden, Physic Garden, Kitchen Garden with two mazes – all picture perfect for Celebrant ceremonies, reception drinks and wedding photographs.

We allow you the freedom to organise your unique celebration as only a private family home can; the flexibility to tailor-make your special day.

At a glance:

  • Exclusive Use
  • Tudor Manor House
  • Garden Room
  • Walled Garden
  • Bridal Dressing Room
  • Outdoor ceremonies
  • Late License: on request
  • License for marriage / civil ceremony

o Long room ceremony capacity 50

o Dining Room ceremony capacity 40

o Garden Room ceremony capacity 120

o Gazebo ceremony capacity 120 Reception capacity: 120 for civil ceremony, 180 in total for evening

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Guest parking

We wanted to write and thank you both ever so much for all your warmth, kindness and generosity in helping us to host our wedding in your wonderful home and gardens.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

We welcome corporate events to Chenies Manor House and will be delighted to provide you with a bespoke package to make your visit special for all your visitors.

We aim to provide a high-level of friendly and personal service. Your experienced event co-ordinator will help you during the all-important planning stage, and on the day to ensure your event is a success. We can provide full meals in our beautiful Dining Room for up to 24 guests. Larger numbers can be accomodated in The Garden Room.

Facilities

  • Dinner
  • Team building activities
  • Lunch
  • Plentiful parking
  • Refreshments

Opening
Opening

2020

Our gardens are open to visitors every Wednesday & Thursday afternoons 2pm to 5pm from April to October.

From April to October we are able to accommodate group tours for a minimum of 20 people.

Find Us
Find us

From M25: Take exit 18 west towards Chorleywood/Amersham on A404.

There are local buses from Rickmansworth and Chorleywood underground stations (Metropolitan line) Chalfont & Latimer station (on the Chiltern Line) is a short distance away - all have local taxi companies available to bring you to Chenies Manor.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Tudor Cars 01923 774466

Admission
Admission

Free for Historic Houses members.

£6 for garden only, £9 for house and garden to include a guided tour of the house.

Group Visits
Group Visits

From April to October we are able to host group tours in the House and Gardens for a minimum of 20 people. Tours of Chenies Manor House itself will be guided, whilst the gardens can either be self-guided or led by our Head Gardener.

Private group tours are offered on Monday afternoons, Tuesday anytime, Wednesday morning or Thursday morning. Alternatively, groups can also join tours when we are open to the general public on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Group tours must be booked in advance.

enquries@cheniesmanorhouse.co.uk 01494 762 888.

Other opening

Events

We host a number of exciting events throughout our open season, from our Easter family day in April to our Dahlia Festival in September. Check out our website for details. https://www.cheniesmanorhouse.co.uk/visit/.


Walks

Everyone is free to walk around the gardens as they please. We are also able to offer ad hoc guided tours, depending on demand.



Chenies Manor House's history and features

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.


A word from the owner

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.The family continue to oversee the development of the gardens, and are personally involved with the special events.

Fun Facts

Tudor royals visited Chenies Manor on several occassions when it was owned by Sir John Chaney. King Henry’s first visited Chenies Manor with Anne Boleyn. Several years later, Henry returned with his fifth queen and Anne’s cousin, Katherine Howard in 1541. Elizabeth I visited many times, as by then the home of one of her chief ministers the 2nd Earl of Bedford. Our Elizabeth Oak is so named, as legend has it that Elizabeth I lost some jewellery from her gown when sitting beneath its shade during her month-long visit in 1570. You can see it for yourself in our award-winning gardens!