Sunday, 16 September 2018

A Day At Hughenden Manor

During every break from Sixth Form, I like to spend some time with my Aunt and Uncle. They live near the River Thames and are avid visitors of the National Trust places. I have heard quite a few bloggers, YouTubers and people I follow on Instagram sharing shots of them before and I immediately fell in love with the idea, seeing as we typically visit castles and gardens together anyway.

We thought that as it was the Summer holidays at the time of this visit, it was about time to add Hughenden Manor to the list that already consists of Cliveden and Hever (see accompanying post for Hever here)

For those of you who may not know, Hughenden Manor is the ancient country home of Benjamin Disraeli, who was a Prime Minister for the Conservative Party back in the Victorian Era. He lived there from 1848-1881 and he's also buried in the grounds, which I think is actually quite fascinating. 
I, of course, wasn't able to take photographs inside the house, because that's never permitted in any of these historical places, but if you look in the rooms on the ground floor and the first floor, you can actually see genuine, original memorabilia, like Queen Victoria's silver jewellery, portrait paintings and a vast collection of books that belonged to Disraeli in his study.
In a room on the top floor (which has STUNNING views, might I add), there's a detailed timeline that goes across the walls, educating you on Disraeli's personal, political and literary life, which was very interesting in itself. If you're into history, this would definitely be a good place for you to explore.
The whole experience isn't complete until you have gone down the steep steps to the cellar, which is where the Second World War rooms are located. There are video clips from real eyewitnesses, displays in the ice house bunker and there's even a room where you can see what it would have been like if you had to hide down there during that time period.
This garden that people see today has been recreated through inspiration of the original designs that Mary Anne Disraeli (Benjamin's wife) had come up with. It was coming to the end of Summer when I made my visit at the end of July, hence why the colours were so bright and beautiful. I can imagine that a visit in the Autumn would be the same but different though, because of the leaves changing colours and the air being much more crisp. That's the thing with National Trust places. People assume it's best to visit in the Spring or Summer, but each season will bring something different to the setting!
When you come on these sorts of days out, whatever the weather and whatever the season, you are guaranteed to be able to find something to do. Some people are only interested in pure history and listening to all the talks and tours, some people enjoy the photography opportunities and others may just want to go on a family day out, where the children and adults can all enjoy themselves. 

Hughenden Manor is located in High Wycombe, which is in Buckinghamshire and it's surrounded by The Chilterns, so if you are travelling from London, it will take roughly around 1 hour until you get all of this gorgeous greenery and fresh air!

Let me know if you have around recommendations for National Trust places I should look at visiting next. Have you ever been to Hughenden Manor?

Lots of love always,


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