A gardener's Christmas at Hughenden
Taking inspiration from the place and its produce, the people and their stories, we’re celebrating the nature, beauty and history of the gardens at Hughenden this Christmas, from their creation in the 1860s by Mary Anne Disraeli to the present day care and work of the National Trust garden team.
Saturday 20 Nov to Monday 3 Jan. 10am-4pm, last entry 3.30pm. House 11am-3pm, last entry 2.15pm. Free event, normal admissions apply. Numbers in the house are limited for safety, places available on a first come, first serve basis on the day only.
Bright and bold
Mary Anne’s love of bright, bold colours is reflected in the colour scheme of vibrant reds, iridescent blue and gold decoration. Today’s garden team of staff and volunteers are celebrated through their tools and produce and their focus on gardening for nature is picked up in the natural materials used throughout the design. And in the true spirit of Disraeli, there are a few unusual interpretations and some fun, quirky elements dotted through the theme to reflect his wit and humour.
The stableyard with oversize wreaths and a 15 foot conifer tree is decorated with sparkling fairy lights and handmade decorations featuring garden icons in miniature, from spades and trowels, to wheelbarrows and wellies. A delightful backdrop for visitors to sit and enjoy a festive treat from the café or pick up a special gift or two in the shop.
Through the manor, six ground floor rooms are dressed for the theme with real trees and decorations that tell a different aspect of the tale in each. Taking inspiration from Disraeli’s passion for trees and books, in the library the tree is covered in wooden baubles hand carved by volunteers using wood from the Hughenden estate. Miniature statues and busts, echoing the statuary in the parterre garden, decorate the drawing room tree.
The garden hall with its beautiful views of the formal gardens features the showpiece of the Christmas theme; an homage to Disraeli’s beloved peacocks who roamed the estate. The Victorian statesman famously declared ‘You cannot have a terrace without peacocks’ and the inside/out display here shines in the rich colours of peacock feathers. Glass baubles in lustrous blues, vibrant greens and deep purple, and handstiitched felt and sequin peacock 'feathers', decorate the tree inside.
Through the French doors, on the terrace outside, two fir trees are resplendent with handmade peacock eye decorations and mirrored in the winter bedding designs with polyanthus in dark blues and deep violet.
Our very grateful thanks to the staff and volunteers who have helped to create this year's Christmas at Hughenden.
Winter wander trail
This winter treat your little ones to the magic of an activity adventure trail at Hughenden.
Step into Percy’s wellies for the day while he’s busy on site and take on winter tasks, activities and games. There’ll be clues along the way to find and help from his animal friends.
Pick up your trail sheet from visitor reception when you arrive. £2 per child with a prize at the end. Suitable for children aged 3-8 years. Trail runs from Sat 4 Dec - Mon 3 Jan from 10am-3.30pm.