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Chartwell

Chartwell

Introduction

Chartwell (© David Garry | iStockphoto.com)

Chartwell was the home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until his death in 1965. It was bought up by some of Churchill's friends in 1966 and given to the National Trust and his now one of their most visited properties.

The Victorian red-brick house, although large is pretty commonplace, but what Churchill liked about it are the superb views it commands on the Weald and South Downs of Kent and Sussex.

The main reason to visit Chartwell is for his illustrious last occupant. The residence was left as much as Churchill left it, with books, pictures, maps and personal mementoes as well as his famous cigars, portraits of family and friends, trophies, gifts and a visitors' book filled with distinguished names.

Winston created the ponds in the terraced gardens, and his wife arranged the rose garden and the Golden Rose Walk. When he was not gardening, Churchill also spent time painting. A collection of sketches and watercolour paintings by the man himself in the garden studio.

Opening Hours & Admission

Chartwell is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm, between 20 March and 7 November (also on Tuesdays in July and August). Admission is 7 for adults and 3.50 for children. Access to the garden and studio only is 3.50.


How to get there

Chartwell is located in Westerham, about 10km south-west of Sevenoaks. There are trains to Sevenoaks from London's Charring Cross station (35min, 7.10). From there, bus Southlands 401 goes to Chartwell (Sundays and national holidays only). Between May and October, the Chartwell Explorer bus runs 6 times a day between Seveoaks tarin station and Chartwell.

Alernatively, take Metrobus 246 from Bromley North to Westerham (Sundays and national holidays only).



               

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