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Hughenden Manor earlier today

Today was only my second time at Hughenden Manor – it usually loses out to closer and rather grander Waddesdon – but it was a really great afternoon here.

The house is looking beautiful decked out in Victorian Christmas decorations, and today there were also bonus carol singers and sparkly mice for the kids to find. I’m no expert about Benjamin Disraeli, whose country house this was, but he was presented in a really accessible way – lots of his personal letters from Queen Victoria (who was a big fan) and personal artefacts, and the rooms maintained largely as they were during his lifetime.

Victorian gent meets Wild West in the dress up area

Downstairs in the cellars there’s a Second World War room with dressing up gear that kept my kids occupied for ages, plus a typical living room from the period and a bunker room with fold out bed and a hilarious poster of Hitler, below.

Father Christmas was also in Hughenden today (expect him every weekend until Christmas) but my children had already met him at John Lewis an hour before – could be awkward! – so we didn’t visit.

If you’re so inclined there are some lovely walks from Hughenden to West Wycombe, Downley or Bradenham (see a map here) but if you’re more of a walk-to-the-cafe type, don’t worry – there’s one of those on-site too.

Anyway, a well-spent couple of hours if you’re Wycombe way tomorrow. It’s supposed to be another lovely day. x

Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, HP14 4LA. Tel: 01494 755573

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