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Notice: Hughenden will be closed to staff, visitors and volunteers on Wednesday 15th April to allow the safe removal of the last tree planted in Disraeli's time.

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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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.


Hughenden walks, whatever the weather

Toddlers among daffodils © Mel Holmes

Toddlers among daffodils

Each season decks the manor, gardens and parkland with characteristic colour.  The rolling Chiltern countryside gives points where panoramas open before you are swallowed by a magical tree lined path. What weather will dominate your visit?

Hughenden's new and improved car park

Plan your day at Hughenden © Tricia Lockhart

Plan your day at Hughenden

The new car park is open and the old fragmented parking is being returned to woodland. A special buggy shuttle service (with wheelchair ramp) transports drivers to and from the stableyard area though a woodland path is a great alternative. There is a new one way system to follow to park and then to exit.

Say goodbye to our Cedar of Lebanon tree

The last tree planted by Disraeli is dead and needs to be removed © Hugh Mothersole

The last tree planted by Disraeli is dead and needs to be removed

The Cedar of Lebanon tree at Hughenden is 85% dead and has to be removed.

This is the last remaining tree planted by Disraeli and marks the transition from conserving to perpetual care and legacy that often happens at our properties.

For this to be done heavy machinery has to come onto the site and Hughenden will be closed for this on 15 April 2015. Why not come and say goodbye before then?

Hughenden on screen

Dizzy’s library © Andreas von Einsiedel

Dizzy’s library

Hughendencan provide authentic Victorian backdrops for period drama. During March 2015 it can be seen on ITV's Arthur & George with Martin Clunes but there are other opportunities for the sharp eyed to glimpse Hughenden. The National Trust preserves special places for the nation so it isn't only Hughenden that appears.

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.

Snowdrops galore

Early signs of spring

Early signs of spring

For several years the rangers have been increasing the number of snowdrops along the drive up to Hughenden.  As they push their heads through this year we can reap the benefits of this programme which will continue to make an increasingly spectacular display over the years.