Churchill’s dream garden
We’ve visited the National Trust site of Chartwell on a few occasions in the last couple of years. It’s delightful exploring Chartwell during the different seasons; you’ll spot so many changing aspects of the garden.
This magnificent house and gardens were once the family home of Sir Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine. It’s so easy to see why they fell in love with it, especially with the far-reaching views across the Wealden countryside.
A little background on ChartwellThe perfect retreat in Kent
Winston Churchill and Clementine acquired the beautiful manor house and estate in 1922. Following extensive restoration, the Churchill family moved in, in 1924.
Winston lived at Chartwell for many years, just missing a few during the Second World War; he then remained there until shortly before his death in 1965.
Chartwell estate was an expensive home to upkeep, so, in 1946, funds were raised by a group of businessmen, and the property was then acquired by the National Trust. The only condition was that Winston and his wife could continue to live there.
Chartwell House was opened to the public in 1966 and was designated as a Grade I Listed Building in 1975.
Exploring Chartwell’s GardensVoyage of discovery
Wending our way further, we cross a charming waterway which gurgles past lush green ferns and Gunneras with leaves the size of golf umbrellas. Many of Chartwell’s channels and rock pools are fed from the seven springs of, yes, you guessed it, the Chart Well.
There are many ponds dotted around Chartwell; one in particular that Churchill like to sit beside is the Golden Orfe Pond, where he would feed his fish.
The blooming gardens at ChartwellLady Clementine’s rose garden
A helpful guide to roses
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Enjoying the terrace lawnand Marlborough Pavilion
The pavilion was built by the English architect Philip Tilden and decorated with charming frescos inspired by Churchill’s nephew, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough.
You can soak up the incredible views across the Wealden countryside from the lawn terrace to truly appreciate why the Churchill’s love Chartwell.
National Trust further reading
If, like us, you enjoy visiting the National Trust gardens around the United Kingdom, then grab yourself a copy of the latest ‘Gardens of the National Trust’.
It’s a beautifully illustrated book, and it won’t be long before you’re planning your next trip.
Chartwell’s beautiful walled gardenSomething for everyone
The red brick walled garden, which you can explore today, dates from the mid-1920s; the southern section was laid by Winston’s own fair hands between 1925 and 1932.
Many of the flowers grown at Chartwell were some of Winston’s and Clementine’s favourite plants. You’ll find dahlias, Iris, sweet William and Salvias.
The central route through the walled garden is named the Golden Rose Avenue. If you visit Chartwell during the summertime, you can understand why it is so striking.
The enchanting roses and accompanying planting at their feet are stunning. The Rosa ’Golden Beauty’ attracted so much of the local wildlife the bees loved it.
Visit Chartwell House and studioWander the estate trails
Once you’ve explored Chartwell House and its splendid gardens, then venture off onto one of Chartwell’s walking trails.
You’ll discover a treehouse, a Canadian Camp (created in honour of the Canadian troops stationed at Chartwell), a Doormouse Den and a Second World War bomb crater.
Oh yes, keep a lookout for the tactile statue of Winston and Clementine, which is down by the lake. It was created by the Croatian sculptor Oscar Nemon.
Go on, grab your National Trust membership card, and visit Chartwell in Kent.
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