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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.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Pick up some conkers 

Pick up some conkers

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.

 

Charming Christmas fir cone animals

Fir cone animal ornaments among tree branches © Tricia Lockhart

Fir cone animal ornaments among tree branches

Planning the Christmas craft activities for children is a challenge but there are plenty of good ideas.

A Victorian Christmas

Take in the lovely sight and smell of pomanders at Christmas © National Trust

Take in the lovely sight and smell of pomanders at Christmas

Since Queen Victoria and Albert sent a Christmas card depicting their family around a Christmas tree, cards and the tree itself have become strong symbols of our celebrations.  Preparations to recreate aspects of the Victorian Christmas - as well as the frugal wartime version begin well in advance.  The countdown has begun.

A crafty Christmas

Red berry wreath © NTPL/Gareth Lewis

Red berry wreath

We may resist early thoughts of Christmas, but traditionally the food, the gifts and the decorations were home made and occupied family members for much of the year.  At Hughenden preparations begin early using natural vegetation from the estate. The German Forest, a favourite idea of Disraeli, seems particularly apt for the time of year. Try our instructions for other craft items on our website or let the children come to a craft event over the Christmas period.

Seasonal music from local musicians

The dining room at Hughenden dressed for Christmas © NTPL/National Trust

The dining room at Hughenden dressed for Christmas

If you visit to take in the spectacle of our myriad of Christmas trees and decor you can enjoy a variety of musical interludes throughout December. Find one that you'll enjoy - or come to several.

Come and see our champion tree

We have a horse chestnut tree which is officially the largest in the UK.  It predates Disraeli, who supplemented trees on the estate with lots of seasonal fir trees - visit and see for yourself.

Wednesday winter wisdom

Dizzy memorabilia

Dizzy memorabilia

A series of free talks start in January to give visitors a deeper insight and some fascinating detail about some aspects of Hughenden's history. Each talk begins at 2pm and is subject to normal entrance fees.  Why not join us?

14 January – Rob Bandy – ‘Belzoni’s Travels – Hughenden’s Egyptian Treasure’
21 January – Sandra Mayer - A 'Nineteenth-Century Richard Burton'? Disraeli as a Victorian Celebrity
28 January – Fran Penny – ‘A contented Viscountess – Mary Anne Disraeli’s Hughenden Embroidery’.
4 February – Jonathan Keates – Chairman of Venice in Peril – ‘Disraeli and Venice, and the work of the Venice in peril Fund’
11 February – Rob Bandy and Fran Penny – ‘Disraeli, a curious collector: Treasures from the Hughenden collection’
 

 

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