Hughenden Manor in High Wycombe is one of the smallest National Trust properties I have visited so far but we combined it with our visit to RUSH trampoline park, and made it a full day out.
Hughenden Manor was once the home of Benjamin Disraeli. The drive up to the manor takes you uphill through the woods, which is so so pretty. We also passed through a herd of cows, one blocking our road mooing at us, before she decided to let us go. Ay couldn’t scream louder with delight.
The play area is just by the reception area (where they checked your tickets- not at the Manor House) but we missed it as we went down, which worked better for us because I always prefer doing it last (after the walk as a treat) but do what suits you and your children best. The play area is so cool, carved from giant fallen trees with rope walkways, wood stepping stones and hideaways to explore, which against the chips on floor and the forest in the background gives it such a rustic feel. It is aimed at 3-4+ age group though little ones can do bits and pieces of it with adult help.
We first went into the walled kitchen garden, which features a small cherry orchard and a more extensive apple orchard with 47 varieties of old English apples- some big some small, some in bunches, it was a home education lesson in measurement, as we tried to find the biggest and the smallest and discuss where fruit and veg comes from and how. There is a cute willow tunnel here and bug hotel too. I read that kids can borrow a little wheelbarrow here as well but I did not see anyone to ask for it, despite that, we loved it here.
We then walked towards the manor, exactly opposite the walled garden and there is s step free access to the parterre. As you go around towards the house, there is second hand book shop on the left. I love these, so had to go in and Ay chose some nice kids books for himself for a small donation. I hear there is usually a children’s trail inside the house but we skipped the house itself and kept walking towards the formal gardens, which was so pretty even at this time of the year. There are some bee hives at the end of the garden and people dressed in hazmat type suits. We were fascinated just watching them in action.
There is a little buggy friendly woodland path which you can follow alongside the house. Walk around to the east side of the gardens and here you will see the landscape window created by Mary Anne Disraeli. The tall straight trunk of the Atlas cedar trees either side, with the ha-ha below, act as a picture frame for the view of the parkland and across the valley to the hills beyond.
There are walks and hikes through the woodlands to discover with four waymarked paths ranging from 1-4 miles long. Maps are available at reception but we strolled around as we liked before it started to rain and we ran back to the car
🗺 Address: Hughenden, Buckinghamshire HP14 4LA
🎟 Free for NT members, otherwise, entrance fee applies (please see website)
🚘 Free parking on-site
🚻 Toilets on site
🍕 Little cafe on site with not much hot food options, so would suggest taking your own food with you
🧺 Picnic welcome
🦽 Mostly buggy doable but some of the terrain can be slippy, muddy and bumpy in some weather conditions-
🐕 Dogs are welcome on lead
Verdict: Its a nice enough outing, which you can make it as long or as short as you want. I personally wouldn’t drive here just to visit the property but we combined it with a visit to the Rush Trampoline park and made a a great day out of it (best combo of indoor and outdoor play )
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