A large house in the parish of Wigginton, near Tring


Bucks Gazette 25th June, 1836


The Freehold and Copyhold Estate called Champneys, near Tring, Herts, consisting of a cottage villa, coach-house, stabling, garden, lawn, pleasure-grounds, and agricultural buildings, several cottages, and land, in all about 170 acres, with the manor or reputed manor of Champneys and Forsters, land tax redeemed, timber included in the purchase - knocked down at 7,350.

Morning Advertiser 15 July, 1836


Nature Cure Resort, Champneys, Tring

Lief's Nature Cure Resort, Champneys, Tring, Herts

Possibly one of the earliest cards illustrating the resort

The Sphere 6 March, 1926

Main Entrance

Main Entrance Gates

South Terracce

South Front

The Chalets from the Lawn

The Tennis Courts

The South Terrace and Lawn looking East

The Drive looking West
No publisher information, date probably 1930s

The West Wing and Terrace

The history of the estate dates back to 1307 and is detailed in the Victoria County History for Hertfordshire. The current house was built by the Valpy family, who brought the estate in 1874. The house was brought by the Rothschild family in 1900 and in 1925 naturopath Stanley Lief purchased the house and opened it as England's first nature cure resort. Champneys is now known worldwide as a health resort for the rich.

Playing Card showing Champneys Nature Cure Resort  

Back of a playing card

Did guests play Bridge  while at the resort using cards like this?


Health Home

Champneys, Tring

Photo No 54 - Newman

Posted 8th September,1926


We arrived last Sat about 3.30 & have had glorious weather ever since. Annie is as brown as a berry already & feeling very fit. Went on beautiful little drive yesterday. We may phone you if able to run over see you before our return. Love to all from both. Lesley.

Detail - The House


As Stanley Lief only purchased Champneys in 1925 this may be the first postcard to show the chalets.


Detail - The Chalets



There is a chapter on Stanley Lief (including a portrait photo) and his connection with Champneys in More Tring Personalities. There is also a short history, with a picture of the house in about 1910, in A Hertfordshire Valley.

Article: The Nature Cure - Focus on Stanley Lief of Champneys - in Hertfordshire Countryside, September 2006

Local Links

See Sale of Champneys Farm & Manor in 1804

During the First World War the Inns of Court exercised over the Champneys Estate.

Some External Links

For a brief history of Naturopathy in the UK see The General Council and Register of Naturopaths.

The Champneys web site


If you know of other books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.

May 2010   Page updated
June 2018   Press cuttings added and higher resolution images