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Hughenden Manor is the former home of Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, which he bought in 1848. It is located a mile or two outside the town.

The house has typical Victorian decor and one room is a museum relating to Disraeli. The display relating to Disraeli was changed in 2008, so that instead of display cases in the centre of the room, there are lots of cabinets with drawers to pull out. This means that they can show a lot more material to visitors, but it doesn't work so well when the place is busy. Upstairs there is a room with memorabilia of the 1878 Congress of Berlin, including a wooden fan autographed by all the participants.

If you are not interested in Disraeli, it is still worth a visit as an example of a Victorian country house. Another new development is the opening up of the 'below stairs' area.

During the Second World War, the manor was used as a secret intelligence base code-named "Hillside". Occasionally, special tours relating to this period are offered - check the National Trust website for details.

There is also a formal garden, orchard and parkland, as well as a National Trust shop and tea room. In 2010 a secondhand bookshop is being opened in the Stable Block. There is also a plant sale area. The National Trust often organise events during the year. Look out for 'Apple Day' in October.

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.
othercontact: hughenden@nationaltrust.org.uk
Phone: 01494 755573
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-hughendenmanor

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  • Updated Feb 18, 2011
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