The Garden Guide

Chenies Manor House and Gardens

The MacLeod Matthews bought a Tudor house (15th/16th century) and furnished it with a very Arts and Crafts style garden. It has featured on TV programmes. It has a sunken garden, herbaceous borders, topiary, a fountain court and a physic garden. The 'Sunday Times Maze' was made in 1991 after a design competition. The garden video shows it well.

Head Gardener's Comment

Winner of the Historic Houses Association & 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.

End of April to the beginning of May, we are a show garden for 6,000 of Bloms Tulips, special Tulip Festival of tulip arrangements early May Bank Holiday Monday in the house 2-5pm

From Mid June to October five acres of enchanting gardens bellowing with Annuals, including Dahlias, Cosmos, Salvias and many more.

The annual FAMOUS PLANT & GARDEN FAIR takes place in July. Exhibitors from around the country, rare & exceptional plants. Light lunches & Refreshments all day.

Photograph © Chenies Manor House and Gardens
Photograph © Chenies Manor House and Gardens


Built in 1460 Sir John Cheyne and added to in 1526 by Sir John Russell (Earl of Bedford) the Manor is now the MacLeod Matthews family home.
Both Henry VIII and ELizabeth I, were entertained at the manor, which includes a medieval well & reputed priest hole.

Plants of note

The Gardens are very well known for Tulips at the end of April beginning of May.

Summer months the five acres of gardens are filled with perennials, shrubs, roses and many annuals especially Dahlias, Cosmos, Salvias.

Chenies Physic Garden has ten beds of Herbs that are situated around the Medieval Well, it is said to be one of the famous herbs gardens in England, it contains herbs used medically at the present time as well as those used in the past, a culinary bed and a bed of scented plants for use in pot pourri and to attract bees and butterflies to promote more pollination during our summer open afternoon.
We have a garden volunteer ready to answer questions.

Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England, WD3 6ER

April to October inclusive Every Wednesday & Thursday and Bank Holidays Mondays from 2pm to 5pm.

Adults House and Garden £7 Children House and Garden £4 Adults Garden only £5 Children Garden only £3.50

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