Overview

Welcome to Nether Winchendon House, an enchanting Medieval and Tudor Manor House and Country House Wedding Venue.

Nether Winchendon House is one of the most romantic of the ancient historic houses in England and listed Grade I, set in seven acres of tranquil Gardens and surrounded by 600 acres of Parkland, on the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire border.

With curling Tudor chimneys, Nether Winchendon House is crenellated and partially encased in stucco and from its Medieval origins, this extraordinary house has evolved into the fabulous and exciting mixture of styles it is today. 


Opening
Opening

2020

Dates yet to be confirmed by the house. Visit their website for more information.

Opening times: 14:30pm - 17:30pm

Monday to Thursday (closed Fridays and Saturdays, Sundays not free). 
Guided tours only; 2.45pm, 3.45pm and 4.45pm.

Find Us
Find us

We are approximately 18 miles from Junction 9 and 11 miles from Junction 6 of the M40 and 6 miles from Aylesbury via the A41. We are approximately 20 miles from Oxford and 10 miles from Bicester.

Nether Winchendon House is 3 ½ miles from Haddenham and Thame Parkway Station on the Chiltern Railways service between London Marylebone (approx 50mins) and Birmingham Snow Hill (approx 100mins)

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

Adult: £8
OAP: £5
One Child (under 12) admitted free per adult

Group Visits
Group Visits

Group visits at any time of the year, subject to availability, by prior written agreement.

Admission £10.00 per person and a minimum charge of £300.00 per group, no concessions.

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

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Weddings

Nether Winchendon House is a stunningly romantic Medieval and Tudor manor house set in seven acres of tranquil gardens and surrounded by 600 acres of parkland on the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire border.

Nether Winchendon House has been an Exclusive Wedding Venue for over 25 years.
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We give our couples the freedom to be totally relaxed, not having the pressure of a limited one day set-up time and we welcome you to bring your family and friends to come with you to decorate for your special day.


Opening
Opening

2020

Dates yet to be confirmed by the house. Visit their website for more information.

Opening times: 14:30pm - 17:30pm

Monday to Thursday (closed Fridays and Saturdays, Sundays not free). 
Guided tours only; 2.45pm, 3.45pm and 4.45pm.

Find Us
Find us

We are approximately 18 miles from Junction 9 and 11 miles from Junction 6 of the M40 and 6 miles from Aylesbury via the A41. We are approximately 20 miles from Oxford and 10 miles from Bicester.

Nether Winchendon House is 3 ½ miles from Haddenham and Thame Parkway Station on the Chiltern Railways service between London Marylebone (approx 50mins) and Birmingham Snow Hill (approx 100mins)

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

Adult: £8
OAP: £5
One Child (under 12) admitted free per adult

Group Visits
Group Visits

Group visits at any time of the year, subject to availability, by prior written agreement.

Admission £10.00 per person and a minimum charge of £300.00 per group, no concessions.

Other opening


Nether Winchendon House's history and features

Nether Winchendon House dates from the middle of the 12th century. Walter Giffard, grandson of the Walter Giffard of the Domesday Book entry, gave the Manor of Nether Winchendon in 1162, the year in which Thomas a Becket became Archbishop of Canterbury, as part of his Endowment of Notley Abbey which he was founding nearby for Augustinian canons from Arras,. The property remained vested in the Abbot of Notley until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530’s.

The Great Hall is believed to date from the reign of King John (1199-1216). Its beams were later removed and re-used in the 18th Century Manor Farm barn. The Great Hall now has a vaulted ceiling designed by Sir Scrope Bernard and is the family's drawing room.

What is now the dining room was added by Sir John Daunce in about 1530 as his “Parlour”. Sir John proved to be the last tenant of the Abbot of Notley. Sir John was a notable and powerful man of his time. He was one of the King’s Council and Surveyor General of the King’s estates as well as being a commissioner for the war against Scotland which culminated in the death of King James IV of Scotland at the Battle of Flodden in 1517.  His son, William, married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England and author of “Utopia”, who was executed in 1535 [ “A Man for All Seasons”] The dining room room has fine oak linenfold panelling and a carved oak ceiling and frieze, commissioned by Sir John and displaying his portrait and rebus (initials). Subsequently, the panelling was painted white to celebrate the Restoration of King Charles II to the throne in 1660.

The Manor of Nether Winchendon passed to the Crown on the Dissolution of the Monasteries and then by grant of King Edward VI to the Russell family, then of Chenies and later of Woburn. There is a fine Flemish tapestry which depicts King Henry VIII with Sir John Russell who had been installed as a Knight of the Garter in 1539.   Sir John Russell, later Earl of Bedford, was Lord Privy Seal in almost direct succession to Thomas Cromwell.

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