In the countryside near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire you will find Hughenden Manor. In the 19th century this red brick Victorian mansion was the country house of the Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield. It is now owned by the National Trust and is fully open to the public.
Hughenden is still decorated as it was when Disraeli lived here (and you’re free to take photos inside).
From the third floor there are beautiful views over the surrounding Chiltern countryside. There are 1500 acres of park and woodland surrounding Hughenden.
Hughenden was also used as a secret intelligence base, code-named “Hillside” during the Second World War. The UK Air Ministry staff at the manor analysed aerial photography of Germany and created maps for bombing missions.
Despite the sunny weather, Hughenden wasn’t swarming with visitors. Perhaps its remote location means that not too many people make the effort to come here but it’s a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.
Entry to Hughenden Manor is £10.45 for adults, free for National Trust and ArtFund members. Onsite parking is available and if you are driving make sure you follow the signs to the car park at the top of the hill. Don’t make the mistake we did by parking further down near the church, otherwise you have a bit of an uphill walk! If you’re coming by train you can travel from London Marylebone to High Wycombe, which is just under 2 miles from Hughenden, and its a short taxi ride from there.