Welcome to Chevening House
Chevening has a history dating back around 800 years, but the house we see today is almost entirely the creation of seven generations of the Stanhope family, building on the original Lennard family’s house of around 1630.
For 250 years the Stanhopes served their country as soldiers and statesmen, and at Chevening as patrons of architecture and art. When, sadly, the line ran out, the 7th Earl’s munificent gift of Chevening to the nation ensured that the distinguished history of the family and the estate was preserved for future generations.
It is especially appropriate that the house has become the country residence of a Cabinet Minister and thus continues to play its part in the political life of the nation.
The Estate consists of some 3,000 acres stretching between Sevenoaks and Biggin Hill in Kent. The gardens include a lake, maze, parterre and a double hexagonal walled kitchen garden amounting in all to some 40 acres. Over 530 acres of mixed woodland surround the extensive park.
Chevening Scholarship Programme
Although the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO’s) international scholarship programme is named after Chevening House, neither Chevening House nor the Chevening Estate has responsibility for the programme.
The Chevening Scholarship programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international programme of scholarships and fellowships. The programme provides scholarships at higher education institutions in the United Kingdom for postgraduate students or researchers from over 130 countries. It also provides fellowship places for mid-career professionals who are already working in fields related to the FCO’s policy goals. The programme is largely funded by the FCO, and is managed by the British Council on behalf of the FCO both in the United Kingdom and overseas.
For further information visit www.chevening.org