Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, Bucks

Family friendly rating: 4/5

In a nutshell: A beautiful Manor House with pretty grounds and a walled garden. Has a cafe with toilets and baby change facilities.

We’re trying to use the summer to make the most out of our National Trust membership.

I’ve written before about what good value I think membership is. You get a huge list of options for quick trips or days out right on your doorstep or if you head off on a staycation you can explore even more.

We decided to visit somewhere we hadn’t tried before when the sun graced us with its presence this weekend. I’m so glad we did, because Hughenden is a gorgeous place that’s just right for families with young children.

The house is where former PM Benjamin Disraeli lived in the 1800s. It’s a big Manor House but not as grand as National Trust places like Cliveden.

It is set among hundreds of huge, old trees including monkey puzzles which our daughter loved darting around and hiding behind.


The front of the manor house

The garden at the back of the house has been beautifully presented with pretty roses and topiary bushes shaped into swans.

There are bee hives at the back of the garden, which our toddler was absolutely fascinated by.

Her favourite bit of the entire visit was exploring the pretty walled garden. It’s filled with heritage apple trees, herbs, a bamboo tunnel, little wooden toadstools and Bugingham Palace – a bug hotel.

Bugingham Palace bug hotel at Hughenden

The bug hotel at Hughenden

She loved picking up the fallen apples and having a good look. She even snuck a few bites!

There are lots of lovely things to discover as you stroll around the garden, like scarecrows and little bird boxes made from old boots.


Clever bird boxes

When you’re ready for a rest there are loads of benches and deck chairs dotted around. There is an apple orchard with lots of picnic benches and the cafe has a courtyard area with plenty of outdoor seating too.

We took some sandwiches with us and enjoyed watching lots of other families arrive to explore the grounds too.

The only thing to be aware of with this destination is there is a quite steep walk to and from the car park. It’s worth taking a double buggy or buggy board if your toddler gets tired legs easily.

But the walkway has lots of exciting obstacles made from old tree stumps that kids can climb through, and balance along. There’s even an aeroplane carved from wood for little pilots to sit on.


There are wooden obstacles and things to climb on like this plane

This is a beautiful place to spend a couple of hours in the sunshine. Yet another reason I’ve found to love my National Trust membership!