After 30 years living in the United Kingdom, finally this…
Chartwell is a country house near the town of Westerham, Kent in South East England. For over forty years it was the home of Winston Churchill. He bought the property in September 1922 and lived there until shortly before his death in January 1965 (ref: Wikipedia)
This lovely family home sets in wonderful gardens with amazing views across a private lake. The weather that weekend was truly gorgeous with stunning blue sky, and the golden late afternoon sun shining the autumn leaves around the garden.
Chartwell, is only a short drive away from our house, it is an ideal little escape on a Sunday afternoon. It was a little pity that the house was not open to the public that afternoon, but strolling in the garden in such gorgeous British autumn, was priceless. We were told that visits to the house are by timed admission, but visitors are free to wander around.
I found the garden very special, a beautiful mix of formal and informal layout. The brick wall was built by the great man himself, a real inspiration to a mad garden lover like me. I too, has done a lot of DIY building work in my garden, which I feel very proud of. I particularly loved the allotment garden, where they grow many varieties of vegetables on marrows.
A short walk away from the house is his Studio, where he spent a lot of his spare time to follow his passion for painting. We were lucky that the studio was open during our visit, it has a slightly different opening times than the house. To avoid disappointment, do visit the National Trust website to see opening times throughout the year, as they are varying from week to week. National Trust website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk
If you like walking, take a long walk towards the wood, passing an oversized statue of Mr Churchill and his wife by Oscar Nemon. Walk right up the hills if you can, as the view from here to the house and the garden is truly stunning.
I loved Chartwell, and hope to visit again in Spring.