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.

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

Created in a 16th-century Italianate style, the formal manor gardens feature terraces, pristine lawns and a parterre that soften the gothic appearance of the house. As with her home, Mary Anne adored to use vibrant colours and her designs can still be seen in the planting schemes today.

Hughenden pansies

The formal garden at Hughenden

The Disraeli’s remodelled Hughenden Manor in 1862 adding highly fashionable gothic features. The result was criticised for being “sharp and angular” however Mary Anne’s design for the formal gardens, with an Italian influence and vibrant colours transformed the Manor’s new appearance.

Walled garden

Journey into the Walled Garden, lovingly recreated by volunteers as an educational space for growing produce. Our child friendly Walled Garden has watering cans, wheelbarrows and digging areas so you become a little gardener too.

March to October free seeds are available to ‘grow your own’ at home.

A bench in Hughenden's walled garden

The walled garden at Hughenden

Hughenden's walled garden is a great place to discover how our food gets from plot to plate.

Pleasure grounds

For a peaceful stroll visit Hughendens pleasure grounds and admire the  inspiring views across the 18th century parkland and chalk stream. Created in the wilderness gardening style it is a chance to get lost in your own thoughts amongst the trees and shrubs.

View from Pleasure gardens towards Church

The pleasure gardens at Hughenden

Experience the less formal pleasure garden loved by Disraeli for its trees and vista.

West bank garden

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