The country home of Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli, Hughenden Manor is a well-preserved snapshot of his private life. Enjoy the extensive gardens, nose through letters from Queen Victoria, and discover why Hitler specifically targeted the house during WW2.
Hughenden Manor was the country home of Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli — and now paints a vivid picture of his rather colourful private life. Since the rooms have been maintained largely as they were during his lifetime, you can view lots of his personal letters from Queen Victoria (who was a big fan).
The top floor is dedicated to a special exhibition space with a timeline of Hughenden’s history, while the Second World War rooms offer immersive wartime displays that explain why Hughenden was high on Hitler’s hit list. Little ones will enjoy the Victorian playroom, as well as various opportunities to dress up.
The formal gardens are done in the Italian style (terraces, a parterre, statues, and urns), and transition neatly into rolling parkland and woodland walks. The pretty walled garden offers a whopping 47 varieties of old English apples, while refreshments are available in the stableyard café.
The house is well worth visiting at Christmas, if you can, as everything is decked with huge Victorian decorations. You might even encounter a period-appropriate carol singer or two…
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