Hughenden Manor
Hughenden Manor
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  • adamcaplin
    London, United Kingdom260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Hughenden Manor - a must see
    What an amazing gem of a National Trust property. Visited on a beautiful Spring day. This property was donated to the NT in 1947. It was the home of Disraeli and his wife Mary Anne. It was only discovered by chance in 2004 that the manor had been taken over to produce much needed maps to enable the RAF to bomb the Nazis with sufficient accuracy. We were given an informative and fascinating talk by NT volunteer Fritha. Not only has the manor been restored to how it would have looked in Disraeli’s time with so many personal possessions and furniture on display as well as a section showing the deep affection shared between Disraeli and Queen Victoria but there is also a splendid exhibition of the war time activities and map making. All the volunteers are so friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. There is a lovely cafeteria and shop in the courtyard. We didn’t have time to properly explore the walks around the manor so will definitely need another visit. Highly recommended!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Mark E
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history
    Our second visit here. Wish we'd had more time but we were only passing through. The house has a fascinating history - both relating to Disraeli and the use of the house during WW2. Nice grounds and some good walks. Café was rammed. Will take a picnic next time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Sandra G
    58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit especially if also visiting Bletchley Park
    Lovely afternoon - really interesting discovering the WW2 map making history. Brilliant talk by one of the NT volunteers - well worth the 20 minutes as it makes everything you see in the property more understandable. NT cafe serving sandwiches, snacks etc. Easy parking.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Iona C
    Johannesburg, South Africa654 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun visit
    We had friends over for the weekend and had planned to go to Hughenden Manor on Saturday but the weather put paid to that. Luckily , today there was a gap so we got there and we had a lovely time . The manor is full of interesting memorabilia about Benjamin Disraeli and the map drawing service of the Second World War. Everything is beautifully displayed with lots of volunteers available for explanations . It isn’t very large but also has lovely well cared for gardens with deck chairs when it is a lovely day . In the stables there is a good cafe and gift shop . It is set in beautiful grounds which seemed good for walking dogs and children
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Abbette
    Baltimore, Maryland23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    First place I visited after landing at airport
    Everyone is so friendly there. Shows a Victorian decor of that period. Learn history of the prime minister and somethings about Queen Victoria. Grounds are well kept and plenty of walk available. Cafe had some good food for my lunch.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Vijay_from_Surrey
    London, United Kingdom126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gtrat insight into Disraeli and also use of house for map making during WWII
    Good day out, we only saw the house which can be done in one to one and a half hours, but you can spend plenty of additional time in the grounds. A good insight into Disraeli's lige including some insight into Queen Victoria. The use of the house as a map making centre during WWIi was a good addition and we all found this interesting and informative. All staff very welcoming and knowledgeable. Watch out for the resident red kite!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • GlobetrottingViking
    Thatcham, United Kingdom3,034 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    House with History
    Not only is this a great stately home, but it also gives a good history lesson about the famous British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. There are many artifacts related to the great man's life. Particularly interesting is the video about his relationship with Queen Victoria. Around the mansion is a lovely garden, and nearby is the church where Disraeli is buried.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Adam P
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas decorations 2023.
    Hughenden Manor is always an interesting place to visit, but to see it this year decorated for Christmas was exceptionally nice. After the razzmatazz, expense and exuberance of nearby Waddesdon and Blenheim etc, to see this comparatively small house so beautifully decorated, obviously with love, was refreshing. No extra charges and a lot of atmosphere.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 2, 2023
  • Marc_YCS
    Darlington, United Kingdom54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute Must-See
    A superb insight into the life and times of Benjamin Disraeli in a well laid out and welcoming environment. However, to discover the secret past of the house and its part in World War Two was phenomenal. To think that such a secret was kept for so long by so many is testament to the men and women of that era; when told not to tell anyone they certainly didn't tell a living soul. How different from today's environment when almost everything is splashed over the media (social and otherwise) whether true or false. The house is well laid out to show the history of the map making operations and how secretive each individual department was to maintain the high levels of confidentiality. The well manicured gardens are pleasant to walk in but, being February, very little was in bloom and the statues were covered as protection against the frost. The tea room is cosy and reasonably Priced. The volunteer guides are well informed and eager to pass on their knowledge. There are scheduled talks the times and topics of which are published to give you a choice of attending.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 12, 2024
  • C E
    Ipswich, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visit
    The very large car park was packed, even in February. The estate and surrounding area are great for walkers. First we saw loads of kites flying around. The walk down through the woods was a pretty approach. We entered a courtyard with a shop, cafe and toilets, all very good. The staff were really helpful and friendly. We walked to the nearby house. We spent a long time there as it was so absorbing. Both WWII history and Disraeli’s time set up in different areas of the house. We enjoyed a free 20 minute talk and chatted to the same man later; he answered our questions and was very informative. We’d love to come back in the summer to enjoy the outdoors more. All staff and volunteers were wonderful, food good, toilets clean, stock in the shop well chosen and the place looked beautiful. Big well done!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2024
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Peter S
High Wycombe, UK49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Maggie W
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Vic L
Aylesbury Vale, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We visited on a very cold November day and had the advantage of it being quite quiet. The Staff are excellent and very informative so please ask any questions. The new war time exhibit is both interesting and novel as they knew nothing about it until recently. A great story!
Written January 2, 2020
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Patricia
Edgware, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have made several visits to Hughenden Manor over the years and last weekend's visit was as enjoyable as any of them. HM is a fascinating Victorian house which gives insights into Disraeli's family and private life.

But now there is an added attraction – the Second World War secret map-making rooms. The house was used in WWII as a place in which service people and civilians worked to make targeting maps to be used in bombing raids over Germany. Before the digital age this was a painstaking and time-consuming business which a variety of displays and videos illustrates. It is fascinating and chilling at the same time.

Apparently the existence of this WWII activity at the house was uncovered by NT research following a chance remark by a visitor who had worked there which was overheard by a member of staff.

Even in January the extensive garden – formal areas, kitchen garden and wilder parts – was a joy to wander round in the wintry sunshine.

The tasty light lunches in the courtyard cafe were excellent and the renowned NT home-made cakes as good as ever – not least the Victoria sponge!

A really refreshing day out.
Written January 8, 2020
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AME31
London, UK33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
This was the third NT property we visited during lockdown, and I disagree with the negative reviews of others. Especially compared with Waddesdon, where the rose garden was very neglected. The gardens here were well maintained, and although not all the walks marked on the map we printed off before going were exclusively NT, we met few people and spent a very enjoyable afternoon strolling in the woods. Also a rare bonus at this time - the toilets were open and very clean and well stocked. A special mention for Cheryl, the very cheerful and helpful lady who checked our booking on arrival. Will visit again, if we can get a booking.
Written June 25, 2020
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Lucyloo
Hertfordshire, UK129 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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SMC
31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Great trip to Hughenden- before we visited we knew the house would be closed so we went onto the NT website and printed off a map of the grounds and directions for a walk around the estate boundary.
On arrival we were warmly greeted, parked the car and began our walk. I don’t understand previous reviews who say there is no signage, we enjoyed a 4 mile walk around the edge of the estate visiting the Disraeli monument and enjoying fab views of the landscape, finishing with a walk alongside the chalk stream and a visit to the estate church. It was well signposted the whole way round and took us about 2 hours. We enjoyed a coffee from the cafe and then walked around the more formal gardens which took about half an hour. Well worth a visit albeit a bit hilly in places so wear strong shoes! Clean loos as well.
Written August 23, 2020
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Sally P
Marlow, UK24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ralph W
Harpenden142 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Went there yesterday - 13th June. NT just have not grasped the concept yet of COVID 19 in this place.
There are three main areas where they have failed miserably.

1. There are very few signs. And what there is does not make sense. There are also absolutely no signs for the Car Parks. Cars were driving everywhere, and nobody knew where to go.

2. You are not supposed to picnic in the main gardens. BUT EVERYBODY WAS. Because there are no staff around there was nobody to check people were completely ignoring the roped off areas. People were picnicking everywhere and anywhere

3. It was not very busy at all despite the tickets being sold out. Because the tickets are free and because there are no staff to check people were just wondering in. I guess people go online to get tickets, but on the day they decided not to go. Very frustrating for genuine people who want to go.

Please also note that the gardens are very small, 9 mins and you have walked around them all.

ALL Picnic benches have been removed so you will nee to sit on the grass, take a picnic blanket.

Would not go again. Very disorganised
Written June 14, 2020
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK1,257 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We are National Trust members and were looking for somewhere to visit one weekend during the Coronavirus lock-down. All the National Trust houses were closed so we decided to go to one of their gardens. When I logged on to the website at 7am on a Friday morning when the new bookings are released, I had to wait in a queue for 15 minutes and when I eventually got through to the booking system the only availability near to where we live was Hughendon. When we got there we found that the only things that were open were a small garden adjacent to the house, a separate small walled garden, the toilets and parkland. The picnic tables had been removed "for safety reasons" and we were not allowed to eat in the formal gardens so the only place to eat a picnic lunch was in the parkland (essentially a large field) which had a few uncomfortable benches and was littered with cow dung. We wanted to go for a walk around the parkland but couldn''t use the footpath due to the existence of bee hives, so we had to walk though the centre of the field avoiding a herd of cows and their dung deposits. The parkland is open to the public so the only value we got for our membership was a very short walk around two small gardens. I'm certainly glad we didn't pay an entry fee. I wouldn't come back here until the house and cafe reopen.
Written June 14, 2020
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