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Day Out at Hughenden Manor High Wycombe | Travel

September 27, 2017

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.

Day Out at Hughenden Manor - Gardens

Day Out at Hughenden Manor - Vintage Car

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. 

Day Out at Hughenden Manor

Day Out at Hughenden Manor - Disraeli Quote

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.

Day Out at Hughenden Manor - Disraeli Book Quote

Day Out at Hughenden Manor - Fountain

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…

Day Out at Hughenden Manor - Autumn

Day Out at Hughenden Manor - Walled Gardens Gardener

Day Out at Hughenden Manor - Wheel Barrows

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.

Day Out at Hughenden Manor - Beetroot

Day Out at Hughenden Manor - Teapot Thyme

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,

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P.S. Hughenden Manor is located at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LA.

12 Comments

  • Reply Laura September 28, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    What a beautiful place! I’m in love with those gardens especially <3

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      The gardens are stunning – well worth a visit for those alone.

  • Reply Nicolette Lafonseca Hargreaves September 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    What a lovely hall and grounds we are getting a national trust membership as a Christmas gift I am so excited

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      I love having a membership! You will have some great days out 🙂

  • Reply Lacey September 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I need to bring my best friend here. We both love these kinds of days out where you take in the beautiful environment while learning a little bit of history 🙂

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      There’s some amazing NT properties – I recommend Tatton Park and Dunham Massey 🙂

  • Reply Elsa Eats September 27, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Not been but definitely interested now! I think I’d like to visit one day. Thanks for highlighting this 🙂

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      No worries – there are some great NT properties in the north west. Like Tatton Park and Dunham Massey.

  • Reply Lucy September 27, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I’ve never been before but I love looking around old stately homes (love my National Trust membership haha). Those are excellent quotes too xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      I love my membership too – we’ve had some great days out 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer September 27, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I visited Hughenden this year and really enjoyed it. I also pass it on the train when I head home to my parents’ 🙂
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Ah that’s cool 🙂 It’s a fun day out isn’t it?!

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