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Country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli
Hughenden offers a vivid insight into the charismatic personality and colourful private life of the most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here from 1848 to 1881. You can browse among an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia, and there's even a Victorian playroom for younger visitors.
A secret wartime past is revealed in our Second World War room in the cellars, with interactive exhibits and eye-witness accounts. Experience the immersive wartime displays in our ice house bunker and find out why Hughenden was high on Hitler's hit list.
We've recently opened our 3rd floor rooms where you can take in colourful vistas of the surrounding countryside. Or pause for a moment to reflect on Disraeli's reputation as one of the leading authors of the Victorian period.
The formal garden has been recreated based on the original designs of Mary Anne Disraeli and there are woodland walks surrounding this country home throughout our rolling parkland.
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Our woodland and parkland are perfect for climbing trees and building dens. Grassy banks around the formal gardens are ideal for rolling down; splash through puddles or catch a falling leaf and complete more of your scrapbook list . You'll think of even more when you arrive.
Watchmen in the parkland
5 new sculptures from Ed Elliott add a new perspective to walks in the parkland. Sculptor Ed has dubbed them ghostly guardians of our history, sentinels made from hornbeam, ash and deodar grown on the estate. They represent characters involved in secret mapping activities during the Second World War and look as though they have just paused to survey the view. For more information read this article.
Beasts and butterflies
Hughenden boasts diverse habitats for wildlife so every season and every visit there is scope to spot something different. Our walled garden now has a bug hotel of such splendid proportions it has been named Buggingham Palace but you are just as likely to see butterflies and insects in our open spaces and formal gardens. Ranger led events will show you how to spot even more.
Half-term Hallowe'en fun at Hughenden
A bumper delivery of pumpkins heralds half-term fun with a spooky theme at Hughenden Manor. There is a spooky trail throughout and some spooky crafts for the second weekend. The trail is free though normal admission charges apply. Pumpkins for carving are £2.50.
Working holidays to change the beds
In May and October each year, the parterre bads are transformed by those on a week long working holiday. As many as 8000 summer plants will be removed to be replaced by winter colour. The workers get special tours and tips from our head gardener. Other rewards such as cream teas can be had by all visitors even if they don't change the beds.