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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.
Picnic in our orchard or parkland
Our orchard is just perfect for a family picnic when the blossom is out in spring or as the apples swell over the summer. The parkland offers a more rustic option with views across the valleys. Sandwiches, drinks and cakes can be purchased from the café if the idea to dine outside is on the spur of the moment.
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.
Meet the beekeepers
Each Tuesday afternoon during the summer the volunteer beekeepers check the hives, willingly answering visitors' questions. On 5 further dates they assemble equipment and clothing for hands on opportunities into the fascinating life of bees. Autumn harvest owes much to the bee population so the beekeepers join the team in celebrating Apple Days in October.
The parterre bedding is changed seasonally. Mary Anne left diaries describing her colourful ideas and our head gardener interprets her designs and love of colour. As Summer gives way to Autumn, the laden fruit trees, the bright orange pumpkins waiting to be carved into lanterns or the falling leaves give rise to a marvellous explosion of colour.