Hughenden Manor, National Trust

Location: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LA

Visited: August 2017

Former home of the Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli

21151696_10155783698230921_4184580913542031458_n

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!

How it all started…

Two years ago on a sunny day in September I decided to go on an adventure… Now to some people that could mean jetting off to the other side of the world but I’d already done that and after living on a little Caribbean Island for many years I decided that upon returning to the UK my new adventures were to be closer to home. Anyone that knows me is fully aware that my sense of direction leaves a lot to be desired but armed with a borrowed satnav, my newly acquired National Trust membership card and my trusty little Peugeot (henceforth referred to as Betsey) I embarked on my first solo exploration of this beautiful country we call England.

We are now two years and many enjoyable trips and photographs later with additions being added to my visit wish list on a regular basis. Some places I visit I have discovered through word of mouth, the National Trust or by looking for places near to where I have chosen to visit and many of these I had never heard of before visiting so hopefully by sharing pictures and information others can also enjoy some of the lesser known gems.

Sculptures are my absolute favourites but I love “snooping” around the gorgeous houses and learning their history plus exploring the gardens and taking hundreds of pictures of flowers. I adore peonies and have recently developed a fondness for dahlias so I make sure I keep a look out for special sculpture exhibitions and flower festivals.

I am by no means an accomplished photographer but I enjoy capturing images that allow me to revisit places months after experiencing them and out of the many pictures I take I always have a few favourites for each place so I thought I’d start a blog to share these and hopefully provide a little insight into the places I visit and to maybe encourage other people to explore these beautiful historic houses, castles, gardens and palaces in our wonderful country, plus there’s usually the added benefit of a cuppa and a delicious slice of cake! I hope you enjoy the pictures (and the cakes!)…