Welcome to Chenies
Welcome to Chenies Manor, described by the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner as “beautifully mellow under the trees by the church, and archaeologically a fascinating puzzle”. The house has a long and rich history, built in 1460 by Sir John Cheyne it soon became the seat of the Dukes of Bedford. During this time, it played host to royal visitors. It has spanned many centuries, with its fortunes, like its chimneys twisting and turning, giving it a unique past, which we are delighted to share with you on your visit.
After its downfall from Chenies Palace to Chenies Manor, the future of this Tudor house changed when it was lovingly restored and brought back to life by Elizabeth and Alistair Macleod Matthews and today it is still home to the family.
We are all fortunate that it has survived with its incredible history, beauty and interesting quirks. Whether you are interested in the Tudor architecture or the award-winning gardens, or just a slice of homemade cake and a cup of tea, we hope you will visit and enjoy exploring this extraordinary home and learning a little more about its fascinating past.