Grand houses like Lanhydrock or Blenheim Palace are awesome but to step back in time to more modest homes is so satisfying. Set on a hill just outside High Wycombe is a lovely house which was the home of Benjamin Disraeli one of our 19th Century Prime Ministers. By modern standards it is still quite a large house but in no way extravagant.
The ground and first floors where the living areas and have been reinstated in the style when Disraeli lived there. In the basement is a display of the house in the 2nd World War when it was the secret location of a map making base Code Named Hillside. In the top floor is a display of the gifts given to Disraeli by Queen Victoria . They became good friends after the death of Prince Albert. There is also a video that you can watch while sitting in some really comfortable chairs
The grounds are beautifully maintained and simply laid out and well worth a walk around.
Although not ornately decorated with gold leaf and marble statues it has a simplistic charm and feels like a home you would like to live in. Its full of 19th and 20th Century history and is set in a beautiful area of the Chilterns. A great place to visit and fun for the kids as well
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