Hughenden Manor

Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe: Hours, Address, Hughenden Manor Reviews: 4.5/5

Hughenden Manor
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Sally P
Marlow, UK19 contributions
Dec 2021
This was the first time we visited here. It was much smaller than I expected inside, with only a few rooms on view. The volunteers were really helpful and friendly. They really tried to engage my children in the history of the place, which was lovely. There are some beautiful walks around the estate, if you are mobile. We had lunch at the cafe, and were lucky to get there early, before the rush, as it got very busy, with only a tiny space to order. They have a sign up saying only 4 people inside at a time, but everyone ignored this and crammed in. Luckily there is lots of seating outside. But in busy periods, you will have to que quite a while. The staff were so helpful, with my Son's allergies. She went off to find out the ingredients of something, and then gaveus the food for free, so we didn't have to que again! I have paid for it online via a donation. But she really went out of her way to help us, which was so kind of her. A lovely place to visit.
Written December 30, 2021
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Onleaveagain
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK7,044 contributions
Sep 2021
This was our first visit to the former home of Benjamin Disraeli and what an imposing brick-built property it is. Situated in lovely grounds, it stands proudly at the top of an incline surrounded by woods. The rooms to this National Trust property were open when we visited even though some Covid restrictions were in place. The interior was well worth wandering around, particularly the rear ‘secret’ war rooms. These rooms were used by bomber command to make maps of bombing raids during the second war world. They apparently only came to light fairly recently. The gardens are impressive and well maintained as are the grounds surrounding the property. The cafe is worth visiting to relax for a pitstop. The church at the bottom of the hill, by the entrance, is interesting if you have the time.
Written January 14, 2022
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Squirrelmanuk
Croxley Green, UK383 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Came here on a spur of the moment decision. Was easy to get to. Quite a long, winding road to the carpark (strangely for a NT site they ask for your membership card before you park).

The manor house is nicely laid out. It was a bit too muddy to go around the gardens this time though. Once bit expensive cafe (about £30 for a family of 4 - not eating the most expensive of things on the menu either).

Staff were really friendly and engaging. We'll definitely come back once it's a bit drier and warmer.
Written March 8, 2020
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Maggie W
2 contributions
Oct 2021
This is a review of the really poor offering regarding refreshments at Hughenden Manor as we did not visit the house on this occasion.

It was a really disappointing experience, after a lovely walk in the extensive surrounding woodlands, to have to queue for ages and ages to buy a really lack-lustre but expensive egg sandwich and sausage roll. I do realise that since Covid, there has been a substantial scaling back in the catering side of what the NT has to offer, but I was still surprised by just how little they had on offer today. It was sad to see that the proper restaurant that used to serve a range of sandwiches plus hot food and soup was closed, presumably for good, and that there is now just a coffee bar basically, but worse than that - why can't the Trust operate a coffees only service and an alternative for those of us not buying coffee so that we don 't have to queue for absolutely ages in a very tight spot behind all the people ordering posh coffees? The young staff were doing their absolute best to churn out hot drinks in an efficient and friendly way, but the small space they had to work in clearly wasn't helping. Also, if I'd known that there was pretty much no lunch available before I joined the queue I wouldn't have bothered to leave my kids parked outside on their own, for what turned out to be over 20 minutes. Maybe it would be better to put up a board outside the cafe listing what's available so customers can make an informed decision about whether or not to bother.
Written October 17, 2021
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Lucyloo
Hertfordshire, UK121 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Lovely day out with our NT passes, beautiful house with great history and very passionate volunteers.

Nice walks but was very muddy so we kept them short. Cute wooden playground for kids

Could use more signage for walks, was very confusing trying to find them.

Cafe was very busy and food was very overpriced for what seemed like basic sandwiches.

NT - kids lunches are really for toddlers, I have a 9 year old so had to buy separately as half a sandwich isn't enough, £2.25 for half a ham sandwich is awful!
Written January 3, 2022
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Peter S
High Wycombe, UK52 contributions
Nov 2019
A great piece of local history (mainly Victorian).
Speak to the guides for information as they are very knowledgable.
Ample parking with a pleasant walk from the car park to the manor house or a mini shuttle train (foc).
Pretty expensive to get in, so best to go on a dry day so you can also make use of the exquisite gardens.
The cafe is also quite pricey and gets very busy especially on a wet day when everyone is crammed inside, so beware.
There is also a tea room on the left hand side as you come out of the Manor which doesn't seem to be as crowded and is highly recommended.
good to visit at least once if you're a local.
Written January 8, 2020
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TheBigCheese
Croxley Green, UK281 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
The food was nice, but at £5 for a sausage roll, it should be. Soup also £5, so for 2 adults and kids, lunch was £32, which was too much for what it was. Nice day out though. Obviously would be better in the summer. The war rooms seemed to be marketed at the younger clientele and it looked promising in the meeting room. The actual exhibition was a mismatch. They didn’t seem to know if it was for adults or children and this resulted in it being suitable for neither. A good idea, but disjointed and lacking in flow. Needs some further thought.
Written March 7, 2020
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Michael K
London, UK416 contributions
Aug 2021
This is a relatively plain country house but in a marvellous setting in the Chilterns. Its fame, of course, comes from its being the country home of Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, from 1848 onwards, when he was MP for the local constituency. The house is not grand on the inside, with relative small rooms not full of expensive furniture, art or tat, as in many country houses. It is full, however, of memories of Disraeli, and thanks to the National Trust's explanations and film show, you come out knowing much more about the great (?) man than when you went in. They manage to convey something of the complexity of his character and life. Particularly interesting is Disraeli's study. A recent addition to the visit is the exhibition (in rooms which were until recently let as a flat) of the secret map-making centre which used this house during WW2. Despite playing an important role in the War by making maps for pilots flying over Germany, it was not known about until a chance discovery in 2006, and only revealed to the public a while after that. It adds a fascinating extra dimension to the visit.
Written September 15, 2021
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fork_handles
Luton, UK1,696 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We spent a wet Saturday afternoon at Hughenden as part of a birthday day out for my Mum. The main house is an interesting walk round, a number of displays about Disraeli and also a new display about the WWII map making that took place here. The exhibitions on the third floor were also very interesting as well as seeing the rooms and learning about the life of the man.

The gardens were also in full bloom and the views from the estate across the Chiltern Hills spectacular.

We had a snack in the cafe, plenty of seating thankfully but the food choice was very poor - only one or two sandwiches and cakes left and two staff serving food in a tiny little room, very odd. I’m not sure if the food supply had been interrupted by the ‘pingdemic’ but it seemed strange that at 1pm the shelves and chillers were virtually bare.

Ladies and gents toilets were newly refurbished but unfortunately the driveway up to the car park was not, with some huge potholes in!

Overall we had a nice time at Hughenden and would return.
Written July 31, 2021
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2114s
London208 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
A good place to explore. Lots of walks, good parking. The house is only open on the ground floor at the moment and you have to queue to get in. Took 5-10 minutes to get in the house. The one downside of this is that you have to wait for the people in the next room to finish looking round before you can move through. The guide in one of the rooms must have spent over 5 mins chatting to the people in front of us which is probably fine on a normal day but a little frustrating as there was a queue of us in rooms waiting to continue our tour, it would be good if the room guides were a little more aware of the people waiting. This will obviously only be a problem with the current restrictions where social distancing is required or more flexibility is given to be able to pass other visitors who want to speak to the guides.

Make sure you take a picture of the map before you go walking so you don’t get lost!
Written June 12, 2021
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