Chenies, Buckinghamshire, WD3 6ER. Telephone: 01494 762888
Front of Manor
It remained part of the Russell estate until the 1950s when the estate was bought by the present owners, the MacLeod Matthews family, who commenced a long process of restoration which continues to this day.
Most recently, the 16th century pavilion was restored in 2001, having stood in a ruinous state since the early 19th century. During the course of restoration, a previously unsuspected basement storey was uncovered, containing numerous interesting architectural features. The pavilion now plays host to a series of exhibitions of local and national artists throughout the season.
In the centre of the main house, there is an unusual spiral staircase where the handrail has been carved into the brick. In this area, footsteps are still heard some nights crossing the gallery; possibly those of Henry VIII towards his then queen, Catherine Howard's room!
The architectural historian Nickolaus Pevsner wrote enchantingly of Chenies in his survey of the buildings of England. He described it as:
"beautifully mellow under the trees by the church, and archaeologically a fascinating puzzle."
Aerial view of Inner Court
Spring Tulips with Pavilion