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Hughenden Manor is the former home of Victorian novelist and Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, which he bought in 1848. It is located a mile or two outside the town. Part of the parkland is now owned by the District Council as a public open space. The manor itself and the remains of the park are owned by the National Trust. If you are visiting on foot, you can walk from the town centre along the Hughenden Road and up through the park. If you are visiting by car, there is a large new car park at the top of the driveway, some distance from the manor itself. It's a pleasant walk down through the woods to the house, but there is a shuttle service for visitors with disabilities.
The house has typical Victorian decor, with displays about the life and work of Disraeli. Downstairs are the Library, Dining Room, Drawing Room and library. The painting of Disraeli's beloved wife Mary Anne above the fireplace was painted after her death. Sadly, the library was badly damaged by a water leak in March 2015. There is also the Disraeli Room, with display cases about Disraeli's life.
Upstairs, on the first floor, are Mary Anne's boudoir, the Disraeli's bedroom, and Disraeli's study. The study is the room with the most original furniture, and including Disraeli's red dispatch case. There is also a room which displays Disraeli's official robe from his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer. This was originally the property of Pitt the Younger and was supposed to be passed on to each successive Chancellor. However, Disraeli's successor as Chancellor was his great rival, Gladstone, and Disraeli kept the robe in retaliation for a quarrel about payment for furniture in 11 Downing Street. Another room is used for temporary exhibitions about aspects of Disraeli's life. When I last visited, in September 2015, the display was about Disraeli and royalty.
The second floor has recently been opened up. These rooms are not furnished in original style, but have excellent views over the estate, and further displays about Disraeli. One room has information about his writing, and you can sit in an armchair and read Sybil or Coningsby for yourself..
During the Second World War, the manor was used as a secret intelligence base code-named "Hillside", and the basement is now used for a permanent display about this period of the manor's history. The work of the base was preparing detailed and up to date maps for air raids. There is also a reconstruction of an air raid shelter and a 1940s living room. The National Trust occasionally run 1940s weekends.
The gardens were the preserve of Mary Anne. At the rear of the house is a formal terrace, which 20 railway navvies were employed to build.
The walled kitchen gardens and orchard have been restored, and in the autumn the manor hosts 'apple days' where you can taste and buy historic varieties.
In the Stableyard, there are a cafe, shop and secondhand bookshop.
The Parish Church, where Disraeli is buried, is a short walk through the park. At weekends, you can get a cream tea at the Church House.
Address: 1.5 miles north of High Wycombe
Directions: Take the Hughenden Road (A4128) from the town centre, past Morrison's supermarket.
Phone: 01494 755573
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