Gardens of Hughenden

The gardens at Hughenden were redesigned in 1862 at the same time as the Manor. Disraeli’s wife Mary Anne took on the task and under her enthusiastic direction their vision of a country house estate, a restful retreat from the pressures of London political life, was realised.

"How fair is a garden amid the toils and passions of existence."

The Disraelis spent hours enjoying their beautiful gardens, strolling through the pleasure grounds or enjoying the evening sun from the parterre. Every season brings new experiences to take in from the vibrant bedding schemes to the productive walled garden. Slow your pace and enjoy noticing nature in Hughenden's gardens.

Formal gardens

At the age of 73, Mary Anne oversaw a team of 20 labourers who re-landscaped the grounds adding terraces, a parterre, statues and urns, set against a backdrop of box hedging and shaped yew trees. Disraeli said 'We have made a garden in which cavaliers might roam and saunter with their layde-loves’.

Hughenden pansies

The formal garden at Hughenden

The Victorian formal garden is Italianate in style with rows of terraces, a formal parterre, classical statuary and annual beds full of the bold colours the Disraelis loved.

Walled garden

The walled garden features a small cherry orchard and our more extensive apple orchard with 47 varieties of old English apples. Trained against the sunniest wall are apricot and fig and in a sheltered corner is an old traditional English damson plum, the Aylesbury prune.

A bench in Hughenden's walled garden

The walled garden at Hughenden

Part of the original Georgian manor house, the walled garden was built in 1749. Still productive with fruit trees and vegetable beds, today it is much more for pleasure than purpose. An ideal place to take a seat and soak up the serene scene.

Beyond the gardens

For a longer stroll take in the pleasure grounds and admire the inspiring views across the parkland to the chalk stream in the valley and the hills beyond. There are paths that criss-cross the 18th century parkland to help you explore the wider estate.