We finished off our week away with two nights in the Chilterns. With our Saturday day time free, we decided once again to put our National Trust memberships to use and headed to nearby Hughenden Manor.
Dr W is well acquainted with the Chilterns and Buckinghamshire as he grew up in this area. It was nice for him to give us a bit of a tour (my aunt joined us for the morning) and tell us about his childhood adventures.
For those that don’t know Hughenden Manor was home to the Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. Unlike a lot of stately homes the National Trust has on it’s books Hughenden was not gaudy or covered in gold. It was honest and definitely a home. I know some was removed when it was used as a pinnacle site during world war 2 (maps of Berlin using intelligence were produced here). But the NT have tried to restore back to Disraeli’s time decor wise.
As well as being PM, Disraeli was an author. He also loved his wife dearly. The exhibitions on show were both cantered around these aspects of his life, with famous quotes throughout the house. I particularly liked the quotes on book pages hung in the windows of his study.
After wandering around the house we went our back to look around the garden. The formal garden has been restored using original designs of Mary Anne Disraeli (his wife). The house is not huge, but the site it sits on is quite big. You can disappear out of the formal garden for some walks in the parkland and woodland surrounding Hugheden too. We went and discovered the bees they keep at Hughenden! Also catching the first signs of autumn…
After a wander we headed back up through the parkland to the house, where we discovered the Walled Garden. These were used a lot by Disraeli’s wife and as the formal garden, they have been restored to grow fruit and veg that she noted growing here when she lived at Hughenden. It was so beautiful.
If you’re ever in the area I really recommend a day out at Hughenden Manor. We fell in love with the house and the walled garden. If you have children they have lots of activities for them too!
Have you been to Hughenden? Would you like to visit? Are you a National Trust member? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Hughenden Manor is located at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LA.