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The elegant Palladian home of the Dashwood family and historic village
West Wycombe Park is one of the most theatrical and Italianate of all English country houses and the Dashwood family home for over 300 years. Set in 45 acres of landscaped park, the house as we see it today is the creation of the 2nd Baronet in the 18th century.
This Palladian gem is frequently featured in screen adaptations of literary classics such as Cranford and Little Dorrit and more recently in the television series, Downton Abbey.
West Wycombe is a historic village with bags of charm. Its streets are lined with cottages and inns of varying architectural styles, dating from the 16th century through to the 18th century.
Explore the village and then make your way up West Wycombe Hill for breathtaking views over the surrounding Chilterns countryside and designed landscape of West Wycombe Park and village.
Other delights in the village include churches, a mausoleum, caves (not National Trust) and a variety of gift shops and stores.
West Wycombe village refurbishment
West Wycombe village was the first entire village to be handed to the National Trust in 1934. An ambitious refurbishment project has just been completed.
The work has improved living standards for tenants and the energy efficiency of the buildings, many of which date back to the mid-16th century. The buildings involved include 52 cottages, 3 pubs and 7 commercial lettings, including the village Post Office and one of the last remaining chair factories in the Chilterns.
West Wycombe house and park are closed
We look forward to welcoming you again in spring as the daffodils add a golden glow to the Chilterns. West Wycombe village and hill offer contrasting facilities for you to enjoy. Whether it is shopping amongst the quaint buildings, a bracing walk or a visit to the caves the area has something for all ages.