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. There are places to play and explore and spaces to rest and take in the dramatic views. There’s a garden for everyone at Hughenden.

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 ladye-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. Along with the serious business of growing, it’s a family-friendly space with mini watering cans, wheelbarrows and digging areas in different seasons for little gardeners too.

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.

West bank garden

Originally designed as a formal woodland that led down from the formal gardens to the wider parkland, the west bank garden has a unique character as a secluded walk, aside from the formality of the parterre.

Seat with view across West Bank garden towards the monument

The west bank garden at Hughenden

After decades of being derelict the gardeners at Hughenden have been restoring the west bank into a winter display garden with a scented sweet box avenue and winter flowering shrubs.

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.