Summer family fun at Hughenden

Hughenden is full of beautiful sights, sounds and smells to soak up and wildlife to spot - from red kites soaring high in the sky to mini beasts scurrying through the soil below. In the woodlands, towering trees of all shapes and sizes are there to explore. Get your sun cream and best summer hat on, and you’re set for a fantastic day outdoors surrounded by dramatic countryside amid the sweeping landscapes of the Chiltern hills

Woodland play

Our woodland play area has been carved from giant fallen trees with rope walkways, wood stepping stones and hideaways to explore, suitable for under 10s. Great for practising those climbing and balancing skills.

With the shelter of the tall trees, the grounds at Hughenden are an ideal place to play in any weather. There are walks and hikes through the woodlands to discover with four waymarked paths which range from 1 mile to 4 miles long.

A royal celebration of nature

If you’re feeling particularly fancy this summer, discover nature’s finest on our Royalty in Nature trail, which is along our Woodcock Wood (blue waymarked) walk. Discover which tree has the biggest crown, build a castle, and spot a queen. Ready the hobby horses!

Footpath sign at Hughenden

Walks at Hughenden

With open parkland, rolling hills and beech woodlands there are beautiful walks through pristine Chilterns countryside to enjoy this season.

Perfect picnics

The apple orchard has benches for picnics, there are green lawns on the parterre or wide open spaces in the pleasure grounds where you can put down a blanket on a dry day under the tree canopy. Bring a hamper or pick up supplies from the café and take your pick; in amongst the garden and trees or enjoying the views over the Hughenden valley?

In the gardens

Look a little closer while you explore the gardens, and discover which insects are staying in the Bugenden Hotel, skip through a leafy green willow tunnel, and see if anything you recognise eating is growing in the vegetable beds. You might even get to taste some of them in the café later!

50 awesome adventures

Hughenden offers lots of opportunities to experience things from the ‘50 things’ ideas list, from rolling down a really big hill, to making a home for wildlife.  You can pick up a free booklet full of inspiration at the Visitor Welcome kiosk.

Children climbing a tree at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Tips for families

  • Hughenden is on the top of a hill so some paths are steep and in the woodland they can be uneven in places. It’s all fine with a sturdy buggy; those with younger children may find a baby carrier useful.
  • Baby-changing facilities are available in the disabled toilet in the Stableyard. 
  • Hip carriers are available to borrow free of charge for the house, you can park your buggy in our covered entrance.
  • There are plenty of open spaces at Hughenden for running around in and under 5s are welcome to bring scooters and small bikes.
  • The shop has a range of children’s books, toys and gifts as well as pocket money items for all ages.
  • Our café serves light snacks, tea-time treats and ice-cream all year round to fuel your adventures. 

If it rains there’s plenty of shelter in the woods under the tree canopies, so rain doesn’t necessarily stop play, and you can explore the house or take time out in the stableyard cafe.

Four-legged family friends

We love dogs at Hughenden and they’re welcome in the grounds on a lead and in the parkland and woods under close control. You can walk around the gardens, picnic in the orchard, enjoy the parkland, visit the Stableyard café and more.

Dog walking on a lead

Dogs at Hughenden

There are beautiful gardens to explore and acres of beech and oak woods for you and your dog to roam in at Hughenden.