SOLD: Chair Wood £69,000 Freehold

  • Stokenchurch , High Wycombe , Buckinghamshire
  • nearly 4 acres
  • East Anglia


Chair Wood is an ancient, semi natural woodland. Dating back to before 1600AD, during the last decades it has been recognised as an excellent example of beech Chiltern woodland.

Previously managed to maximise the capital value of the timber value whilst allowing natural regeneration to establish for future generations.

A bench has been installed as shown in the photographs, whilst visiting please take a moment to sit here and enjoy your surroundings. As you wander further into the woodland it is easy to disappear from sight as there is excellent ground cover of mostly natural regenerated beech and holly

Mature beech trees tower above the woodland and you often see red kites circling over the woodland or perched in the upper limbs of these magnificent trees.

Chair Wood is surrounded on all sides by large areas of private woodland.

Easily found with good access via a recently renovated stone track. It is located just off the A40 being under 40 miles from London and under 20 miles from Oxford it has great possibilities for anyone looking for a country retreat. The village of Stokenchurch is less than a mile from the woodland which has a range of village shops.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


Chair Wood forms part of a much larger area of ancient woodland known as East Wood. In 1996 the Royal Agricultural Society of England awarded this woodland a silver medal certificate for natural regeneration and in 1998 it won the Chiltern woodlands award for demonstrating the highest standards of silvaculture management.

Previously managed to maximise the capital value of timber value whilst allowing regeneration to establish for future generations. Dotted throughout this beech woodland you will also find oaks, holly, hawthorn and cherry which add a nice variety.


The Red Kite is one of the huge success stories of bringing back species to the UK. It is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers. The reintroductions in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been a great success. Between 1989 and 1993, 90 birds were released there and by 2002, 139 pairs were breeding. They can commonly be seen taking advantage of thermals over the woodland. The larger area of woodland has breeding birds in residence.


In areas the wood is very thick and small private glades could be opened up for camping and other bushcraft activites. It is set on a gentle slope and the mix of both mature and young trees broken with small openings give the woodlander an endless array of opportunities.

Access, tracks and footpaths

A stone track leads you from the main gate all the way to the woodland. This track offers full vehicle access to your woodland. A number of small tracks and a footpath crosses the woodland.


A perfect wood for family forestry.

Local area and history

Chair Wood is named after the chair making industry that is most probably responsible for this magnificent woodlands survival to this day. It is not clear when the first Windsor Chairs were made. It is known that, as early as the 16th century, wheelwrights started coping out chair spindles in the same way they made wheel spokes. The design was probably a development of West Country, Welsh and Irish 'stick-back' chairs, but the evidence on origin is not certain. It is thought that the first Windsor chair made its appearance in the county of Buckinghamshire where the main centre of production eventually moved to High Wycombe. The first Windsors were of the comb-back variety. By the 18th century steam bending was being used to produce the characteristic "bow" of the Windsor chair. The first chairs made this way were shipped to London from the market town of Windsor, Berkshire in 1724. There is speculation that the chair derives its name from the town of Windsor, which became the centre for the trade between the producers and the London dealers. Thus the name "Windsor Chair" is more about the style of chair than where it was made, with many diverse forms of Windsor chair being made worldwide.

Traditionally there were three types of craftsmen involved in the construction of a Windsor chair, there was the chair bodger, an itinerant craftsman who worked in the woods and made just the legs and stretchers, on a pole lathe. Then there was the benchman who worked in a small town or village workshop and would produce the seats, backsplats and other sawn parts. The final craftsman involved was the framer. The framer would take the components produced by the bodger and the benchman and would assemble and finish the chair.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries are indicated by green paint markings on trees and boundary stakes. The southern boundary eastern and western boundaries are all track and path edges. The northern boundary is a line of stakes.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 165
  • Grid ref: SU 777 953
  • Nearest post code: HP14 3XJ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.6513, -0.876911

Location map


From the M40 take junction 5 and proceed to Stokenchurch via the A40

  • Follow the A40 towards High Wycombe keeping left as you go through Stokenchurch.
  • Half a mile outside of the Village the road bends gently left and the gateway to the woodland is on the right.
  • Park to the side of the gateway and climb carefully over the metal gate.
  • An open area is directly behind the gate with a stoned track running into the woodland..
  • A new stoned track runs off to the left after 80 metres take this track.
  • Follow this track for 200 metres and the woodland entrance is on your right.
  • Note the buyer will be provided with a key for vehicular access.
  • Satnav/GPS note: the postcode HP14 3XJ is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.


How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

An opportunity to purchase an attractive secluded area of classical beech woodland.

Managed by Matt Marples

Telephone: 07979 755 118

Email: [email protected]