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11 June 2019Day tour out of London to Chenies Manor House and Milton's Cottage
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Day tour out of London to Chenies Manor House and Milton's Cottage
Tuesday 11 June 2019

Steeped in history, Chenies Manor House is a Grade I listed gabled manor house begun in the 15th century, with 16th century alterations and award-winning gardens.  Bought in 1956 by Colonel and Mrs Macleod Matthews, it is now the home of Charles and Boo Macleod.

The estate passed by marriage from the Cheyne family to Sir John Russell, Tudor courtier and statesman (later the 1st Duke of Bedford). Sir John made alterations to accommodate visits by the royal court, but after the family seat moved to Woburn the house lost its importance and by 1728 much had been demolished.  However, the current house is mainly unaltered since restoration repairs and modernisation were undertaken in 1829 when the younger son of the 4th Duke was appointed to the living of Chenies.  The Macleod Mathews have continued to bring the 16th-century spaces of the house back to life.

Surrounded by five acres of enchanting gardens in various sections linked by lawns and courtyards, attractions include a white garden, a sunken garden and colourful well stocked borders.

Ours will be a private visit and include guided tours of both the house and garden, as well as lunch.

In the afternoon we enjoy a private visit to Grade I listed Milton’s Cottage before returning to Chiswick.

Milton, his wife and daughters came to Chalfont St. Giles to flee the Bubonic plague in London, and it was here that he completed ‘Paradise Lost’ and was inspired to write its sequel ‘Paradise Regained’.  The cottage was secured for the nation after a public appeal to prevent it being moved to the USA (Queen Victoria opened the subscription list in 1887), and it has been open to the public as a museum ever since. As well as early editions of his best-known poetic works, it is a treasure trove of his iconic prose writings, many of which focus on freedoms in government, religion, speech and the press.

The cost is £49.00 per person and the booking form can be downloaded here.