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Chenies Manor House (Chenies Palace) (The Manor House)

  • House & Family History: Chenies is a mostly 15th century brick manor house that was a home of the Russell family. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were both guests here in the 16th century.

    Comments: Nikolaus Pevsner described Chenies as "Beautifully mellow under the trees by the church, and archaeologically a fascinating puzzle."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: There is a Tudor sunken garden and a fortified tower in the grounds.

  • Architect: Edward Blore

    Date: 1830s & 1840s
    Designed: Alterations for Lord Wriothesley Russell

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  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "Agatha Christie: Poirot" (1989 - TV series, in the episode "The Incredible Theft"). "To Play the King" (1993 - TV mini series). "Midsomer Murders" (2000 - TV series, episode 3.3, "Judgement Day"; episode 3.4, "Beyond the Grave," as the Museum). "Midsomer Murders" (2005 - TV series, in the episode "Orchis Fatalis"). "Rosemary & Thyme" (2005 - TV series, episode 3.1, "The Cup of Silence," as Woodley Court Hotel, Crickle Valley). "Little Dorrit" (2008 - TV mini series, as the Meagles' home). "A Little Chaos" (2014). "Midsomer Murders" (2015 - TV series, as Melmoth Hall in the episode "Murder by Magic"). "The Crown" (2016 - TV series, as Chartwell). "Persuasion" (2022 - as the interior of the Uppercross dower house, the home of Anne Elliot's sister and her husband).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. MacLeod Matthew

    Past Seat / Home of: Cheyne family, 1180-1494. Semark family, 15th century. John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford, 16th century; Lord Wriothesley Russell, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01494-762-888

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.cheniesmanorhouse.co.uk

    Awards: HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award 2009.

    Historic Houses Member: Yes