Location: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LA
Visited: August 2017
Former home of the Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
It was with some trepidation that I set off on this journey as at the time it was the furthest Betsey and I had ventured but we had a very enjoyable and worthwhile journey. Hughenden is a National Trust property that was the home of former Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here from 1848 to 1881.
The beautiful garden was splendid in peacock colours as a tribute to it’s former resident who used to keep them in the grounds. The exterior of the house although obviously grand is very pretty.
I ventured into the ice house bunker to view the wartime displays and discover why Hughenden was so important in the war effort, it was the base for a secret map making mission and I have to say alone in this cool, dark building it was especially eerie, I am sure I probably gave someone on a security camera a huge laugh when an old telephone rang right next to me and I nearly hit the ceiling!
Disraeli was a special favourite of Queen Victoria and this is apparent inside the house where there are portraits and statues and in the dining room where one of the chairs was especially shortened to make her more comfortable during her visit.
The interior of the house is beautiful, from the deep green library to the wonderful blue and gold drawing room downstairs and the bedroom with it’s beautiful portraits of Albert and Victoria and the cosy red study complete with the ministerial dispatch box upstairs.
Lots of information and artefacts from Disraeli’s political and literary life are throughout the house, a real joy to visit.
BG Tips ~ If the tearoom at the main entrance is busy there is a lovely little café right at the front of the house that was fairly quiet when I visited!