Chartwell

Chartwell, Westerham: Hours, Address, Chartwell Reviews: 4.5/5

Historic Sites • Gardens
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Winston and Clementine Churchill bought Chartwell in 1922; it would be their family home for the next forty years. Here Churchill was a politician and statesman but also a husband, father, writer, painter and garden planner. The rooms in the house remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes while a special exhibition gives deeper insight into his life through 50 objects. Chartwell’s hillside gardens reflect his love of landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, the kitchen garden and the Marycot, a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter Mary. Beyond the gardens there is expansive woodland with looped trails and natural play areas, there is den building and a Canadian camp and opportunities to escape the political life and enjoy the outdoors. You need a House ticket to enter the house, which are limited and sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.
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Robin S
UK6 contributions
A strange Shrine-like place
Oct 2021
The house itself and the grounds are lovely, however there was no context to anything in the house. It felt like a strange Shrine of stuff and odd things that Churchill had been given.

it is a real missed opportunity as a lot of visitors will not know the context or have read the Churchill books.

I am glad I am an Nt member as I would have felt short-changed had I paid.
Written 18 October 2021
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186400Caroline
Warwick, UK2,264 contributions
Beautiful house in stunning grounds
Oct 2021 • Friends
National Trust property home of Winston Churchill, the house looks like a home. There are Churchill paintings everywhere and its bursting with history. There is a small museum section with all sorts of amazing things such as glassware given to him by Stalin, American citizen papers signed by JFK.

Great shop and cafe on the site.
Written 11 October 2021
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SolihullRichard
Dorridge, UK724 contributions
Excellent visit with extensive Churchill memorabilia
Oct 2021
Stayed in Kent for a week and visited a number of the National Trust properties that seem to be around every corner, but Chartwell is definitely the highlight, not only in terms of the history of Winston Churchill as the historical owner, but also the extensive grounds encompassing formal and walled gardens, wooded areas and a studio displaying his paintings. The displays in the house were very informative, and on entry you are given timed tickets bearing the name of a historical figure who is named any number of times in the visitors book, and challenged to find the photo or artefact that connects them (you are told what it is). I suspect that it is one of the most busy NT properties, so although booking is no longer required you need to beware that on very busy days there may be delays in getting into the house, and walking around inside
Written 11 October 2021
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Mike
Glossop, UK261 contributions
Enthusiastic staff
Oct 2021 • Solo
All the staff here are very informative and helpful and seem to take a real interest in the extraordinary history of the property.

I didn’t pre book on this occasion and there were no queues, I walked straight into the house on arrival and then visited the extensive and well kept gardens.
Written 1 October 2021
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Jamie F
Willingdon, UK14 contributions
Interesting day out
Aug 2021
What a truly stunning place. If you haven't been here, you simply must go. Gorgeous house and surroundings. Interesting history. Lovely.
Written 1 October 2021
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Brian H
2 contributions
Cafe Not value for money
Sep 2021
This review is purely on the food served at the cafe. The actual grounds & house are fabulous. We are regular visitors to Chartwell as we live fairly local and National Trust members so I feel I can provide a balanced review. We often just pop in for a light lunch in the cafe and today we ordered some soup + bread. Weere we disappointed. It used
Written 28 September 2021
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Tom W
Colchester, UK568 contributions
Interesting place.
Sep 2021
My parents & I visited this place whilst travelling from a bed & breakfast in Sussex to another in Kent.

We had a walk around some of the garden, then through the house itself which was interesting to see, especially all the different photos as well as the paintings that Churchill did.

Then we had lunch before we left.

All in all, it is worth a visit.
Written 21 September 2021
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Afterbrunel
Cambridge, England452 contributions
Iconic connection with the greatest Britisher ever; but ...
Sep 2021
Let there be no doubt that WSC was the great saviour of freedom for much of Western Europe, and this house is a physical memorial to his deserved memory.

Having said that the experience of visiting the house was limited; you can't get into most of the rooms (but only gawp from the doorway). Not really as much Churchilliana on view as there might be. Not much sense of family life.

You have to park (£4) a jolly long way from the house (£20 admission, timed entry) and walk up hill and down dale to get there. Not as patronising as many NT properties.

It's a good place to bring the younger generation and educate them about how nearly the UK succumbed and WSC's role in bringing about victory.
Written 20 September 2021
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Twyman3365
Gravesend, UK13 contributions
An insight
Sep 2021 • Friends
A wonderful insight into the home life of the Churchill's. The property has been protected for the nation by the National Trust and they have done a beautiful job.
The house and items are displayed wonderfully, the gardens are well maintained and the knowledge the volunteers are willing to share all make for a perfect day out.

A family visit is a little expensive so NT membership make a great deal of sense as there are some really nice NT properties within 30 mins of Chartwell.
Written 15 September 2021
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Carol
London, UK144 contributions
Highly recommend
Sep 2021
Lovely way to spend a few hours. Beautifully kept gardens & interesting woodland. Really liked the information boards dotted around. Friendly, helpful & knowledgeable staff. Plenty of parking available. Highly recommend. We had hoped a cream tea would be available in the cafe but it was ready made sandwiches & baguettes. Very nice but felt it was the sort of place to get a cream tea. The food was reasonably priced.
Written 9 September 2021
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