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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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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.

 

Beasts and butterflies

Palatial bug hotel in walled garden © Tricia Lockhart

Palatial bug hotel in walled garden

 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.

Working holidays to change the beds

Mary Anne’s designs for the parterre influence each season’s plants © Tricia Lockhart

Mary Anne’s designs for the parterre influence each season’s plants

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.

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 there are opportunities to learn how to make items such as natural door wreaths from estate foliage and preparations for the Christmas trees begins early. Try our instructions for other craft items on our website.

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Hughenden Manor surrounded by colour

Hughenden Manor nestled among the autumn coloured trees

Hughenden Manor nestled among the autumn coloured trees

Nestled in the hills of Buckinghamshire, different views of Hughenden Manor are exposed as you enjoy the surrounding walks and the changing seasons. Why not take your camera and share your photos on our facebook page.

 

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