Chartwell
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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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  • Sausagedog59
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A LOVELY PLACE TO VISIT
    Chart well is a really nice place to visit. Easy parking, well laid out eateries and gift shop. Beautiful gardens and stunning views from the house. At the end of the house tour was a really good exhibition of Churchill’s outfits and personal items. A quality, well cared for establishment. Clean toilets next to the cafe in the garden. The studio in the garden was also very interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • littlerae0fsunshine
    Maitland, Australia283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home of Prime Minister Winston Churchill
    What a beautiful stately home, artist's studio & gardens. Tastefully decorated by Mrs Churchill throughout, but his study & studio are truly him. So is the Uniforms Room with his Garter Robes & also the room holding his numerous Awards, including his Nobel Peace Prize. Great Gift Shop & Cafe too.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 11, 2023
  • 1959robin820
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom267 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Defiantly a good day out
    Chartwell is a fascinating insight into the life of Churchill. The House and extensive grounds are kept in great order and for those who like a walk there is plenty to see. The staff are unfailingly polite and well informed especially those in the house. I am not sure in this day and age why the car park only accepts cash very strange. The Art studio is a great addition although more tablets are needed to give the viewer a back ground to the paintings two wasnt enough. Maybe a bit more signage in the house would also be a good addition. But all in all a very informative and a great day out
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • remmingtonLeeds
    176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    re visit
    Lovely house to visit. Plenty to see if you are interested in Churchill and where he lived. There is also his studio at the bottom of the garden where there is a various paintings he did on show. There is a cafe on site, and variuos garden centre items to buy as well. The garden is nice to walk round in Summer.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Dazzieb65
    Derby, United Kingdom588 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit if you're a Churchill fan.
    Called in to Chartwell on the way home from visiting Hever Castle. What a fascinating place it was to visit the fact Winston Churchill had it as his home. The National Trust has done a fantastic job of sorting out the house and replicating the rooms to how they would have been when Churchill lived there. The history around the house and his paintings
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • missmarpletrainee
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not plain sailing for disabled visitors
    I’m becoming a bit fed up of the National Trust and its perceived difficulties when it comes to access for my disabled friend, who is also a National Trust member. Too many times the person who deals with disabled access “isn’t there today”, or any number of excuses as to why access isn’t straight forward. Having said that the stewards did eventually sort matters out, but it wasn’t plain sailing and it caused my friend some distress. She pays the same as other members, she should be treated equally. This isn’t specific to Chartwell. It’s something which needs to be addressed across the board.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 25, 2023
  • BelC0001
    Sydney, Australia903 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Retirement place of Sir Winston Churchill - a splendid historic house and gardens
    Well worth a half or full day here. The historic house and buildings are beautifully restored and maintained, full of Churchill memorabilia and his belongings. Then there are the extensive gardens to explore including a gorgeous walled garden with produce growing as well as flowers. There is a small cafe high on the hill overlooking the estate, as well as a large cafe and gift shop at the entrance near the car park.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Ian S
    Rugby, United Kingdom837 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy place
    Great place with lots to see plus shop and restaurant. Gets very busy - we were there for 10.30 and it opens at 10 but had to go to the overflow car park. Apart from the splendid house and Churchill memorabilia be sure to view the gardens and admire the views!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Nick H
    St Leonards-on-Sea, United Kingdom555 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see and take in!
    My wife and I decided on a visit at the last moment one morning, and we probably did not do enough research on it, because when we arrived we didn't quite believe how much there was to see! It was absolutely amazing! We started off by visiting the studio where many of Winston Churchill's original artwork is displayed, but even the scenery on walk to it was breath-taking, with ponds and lakes and views miles into the distance. The walled garden was fascinating, and we sat above it for a while to appreciate the vista! The really huge, old trees kept me focused on how old the whole place must have been, and the walk back to the main house was equally worth the time. As for the house and contents, well, just incredible is about the best of describing it. It was a great day out, and just how good it was proved to be a topic for conversation on the way home.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
  • 2171
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom459 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful house that feels very homely.
    Beautiful house that feels very homely, set in beautiful gardens. Lovely walk around the house, not over flamboyant as is sometimes the case with historic houses. Learnt a lot from the information on display and also the volunteers available in the house. Grounds are just beautiful, and the views are to die for. Will definitely return to see in different seasons. The Studio also has a vast amount of Churchills artwork, which was lovely to see. Stopped for a bite to eat in the cafe which was lovely and no visit would be the same without a pop into the shop!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
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Lizzieb103
Towcester, UK29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Gardens lovely, booking messy and confusing. Unable to coordinate both visit and house tour online. Asked to queue for house tickets once arrived. 270 maximum visitors in a day, in small tranches to ensure compliance with C-19.

Please: get both parts of the visit co-ordinated on line: give staff a fighting chance to appear organised, once 270 tickets are allocated then its full for the day. Wasnt clear When we arrived if we could q to book house then enjoy the gardens, or q for hours. Staff seemed as confused as we were!
As ever however, great customer service from them, particularly Jackie who exemplified the calm, listening empathetic skills needed in trying situations.
Those who manage NT from afar really need to better understand the core customer.

We actually travelled for 1.5 hours to visit which rumour suggests is no longer how we are supposed to use our membership - oh dear.
Written September 20, 2020
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Andy R
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
What a mixed experience. The house and exhibitions are really interesting and give you a real insight into Churchill’s life at chartwell. However we had planned to lunch at the cafe, NT cafes being uniformly good for food. Not so this one. We arrived at 1:40 to find the only hot food on offer was soup or a one pot chilli. They had two sad looking sandwiches and crisps. We opted for a scone and jam which were ok and a pot of tea. Not really a lunch to get excited about. All in all a poor cafe experience. The staff seemed disinterested at best. We looked round the house at our leisure. We had then booked on a guided tour including parts not usually ope; to the public. This turned out to include a visit to Churchill’s bedroom which was interesting. The guide however was incredibly poor: rambling, poorly prepared and reading fro a script, badly.
Written March 3, 2020
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We are pleased to hear that your self-guided tour of the house was really interesting, but were sorry to hear that other aspects of your visit were disappointing. Your comments regarding the café and the tour guide will be passed on to the line managers concerned to ensure that they are aware of the deficiencies you highlighted.
Written March 6, 2020
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Donna D
Danbury, UK223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We recently visited one of our favourite National Trust properties, Chartwell and was very impressed with the care and attention that has obviously been taken in order to keep visitors safe at this very difficult time.

Although, unfortunately, we couldn't visit the house, the studio or the museum, the gardens and views were amazing and we took our time to enjoy the lovely area around Chartwell.

We visited the cafe when we first arrived and had coffee and then returned for lunch which was really good value. We only had sandwiches and drinks, but the food was top quality and reasonably priced and the coffees were good. We were also pleased to note that we were able to get the discount that the government have offered for August, as I know not every eating establishment is offering this, as we found out when we visited a castle nearby the next day.

All in all we had a great day and will definitely re-visit when the house re-opens and we are able to enjoy the museum once again.
Written August 7, 2020
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
First visit for many years and being National Trust members meant entry was free as was the car parking. On arrival we immediately booked for a tour of the house and managed to get on one 30 minutes after arriving, numbers are limited and tours set off every 10 minutes to give people room inside the house. The house is amazing with so much to see and the volunteers are extremely knowledgeable. Having finished the house, we then went via the enclosed gardens to Churchills studio where so many of his paintings are on display. After a rest and tea and cake at the small tea room we then headed out to have a lovely walk around the rest of the grounds. As we headed out to our car, we stopped at the shop which is certainly a cut above the normal NT shops. Overall, a great day out.
Written July 31, 2022
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jazz157
London, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Chartwell is a lovely place well worth a visit.

However this review is for the older age group who are yet to visit Chartwell and many who know and love the walking in the area.

I am an older age person in my seventies me and my husband have walked this area and visited Chartwell for over 50 yrs. Yesterday on one of our long walk we diverted into Chartwell as I had need of the facilities,

The toilets are now unisex with a one way system in place. There are no sign for reminding visitors of social distancing or wearing masks. I encountered three ladies aged about 40yrs not wearing masks on leaving the cubical they seemed very unperturbed just continued to chat. Also the one way system was not observed by women going against the flow to enter possibly they did not want to go through the men's.

I did speak with a gentlemen by the entrance to the gardens who said that he was aware and would speak to management. Whilst speaking to him I was asked by a gentlemen about 40ys well dressed spoke well if my conversation was relevant as him and his children were waiting to talk with the gentleman.

It was rather chaotic with people and children climbing over locked gates (which are usually open) into the lower gardens . The notice on gate said waterlogged and directing them round the estate paths.

Chartwell is a beautiful place hopefully it will became peaceful again in the future when it welcomes all age groups and not just young trendy families.
Written January 3, 2021
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Thank you for your review, I believe you also emailed in your feedback to us and we have since spoken and had a good chat over the phone. As you know we take the safety of our staff, visitors and volunteers and we are sorry to hear how concerning this experience was. The toilets have moved to unisex in order to allow a one way route through the building. Unfortunately while we remain open with a skeleton team and many of our staff are furloughed, we do not have the resources to have a person at both entrances and monitor the safe in and out flow of separated toilets. We do understand your concern and since the conversation we have increased the signage reminding visitors to wear face masks and to maintain social distancing. We have experienced one of our wettest winters and with access to nature now more important than ever that has seen increased wear on our routes and pathways. This has in places meant shutting off routes in order to allow time for the ground to rest, and as you've noticed these gates do have signs advising of the alternative route. Thank you for following the rules and guidance we have in place and I'm sorry this is not being carried out by all. What I can say is the day you visited, Saturday 2nd January, was a busy day given the New Year and the weekend. Our weekdays are far quieter and you may find these days better for enjoying the local area and the beauty that Chartwell brings. Never would we want anyone to feel unwelcome and that includes those with more years of experience under their belts. Stay safe, keep walking and enjoying the outdoors, and perhaps we shall see you on one of our quieter weekdays.
Written January 20, 2021
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heather p
Epsom, UK103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Easy on line booking. Car parking on firm ground. Access to reception well sign posted. Floor markings for distancing. Collected entry ticket and was offered house entry time two hours in advance which worked out well as we planned a refreshment stop and a garden and woods walk. As we didnt have a map we were not aware that the cafe and toilets and shop were on the exterior so we had quite a walk back . Also not keen on unisex loos.. However plenty of sanitiser in all areas and everyone we encountered wore face coverings.
Well done to all the volunteers we came into contact with in the house, studio and gardens. So engaging and knowledgeable and the gardens look splendid even in October. Appreciated the opportunity to visit this significant house and grounds.
Written October 14, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review about you recent visit. We are pleased that you spent an enjoyable time with us and are sure that others planning a trip will find your comments helpful.
Written October 23, 2020
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Jacandhow
Watford, UK2,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We were staying near by and pre booked entrance for 2pm on a Thursday afternoon, we parked up about 1.30, went into the reception hut to collect our tickets, and walked up to the house and only had to wait a few minutes to be allowed in.

What a beautiful house, full of rooms to admire and you can imagine Sir Winston Churchill sitting in the rooms, smoking a cigar, it was so homely. There is a room devoted to all the gifts he received from heads of state while he was in office, and dotted around the house are his paintings.

We had also booked a special behind the scenes tour at 4 till 5, which took us through the house again, but this time we were told what we were seeing, we also saw his bedroom, which is not normally open to the public, it was a nice informative tour just 6 of us, if you have the chance book it, everyone has to pay for this even members.

The gardens are spectacular, and you can also visit his painting studio, where there are lots of paintings to be seen.

All in all a really fantastic afternoon
Written May 1, 2022
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SolihullRichard
Dorridge, UK1,341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 October 11, 2021
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SKALondon
London, UK2,647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We visited on a timed ticket booked online. Gardens and parkland a joy.

We gave our name on arrival and were then directed into the car park.

At the entrance we were advised of the one way system in the gardens and there were maps and hand sanitiser available if you wanted them.

The one way system was clearly signed and easy to follow. Our enjoyment of the flowers and butterflies was not affected. The house was still closed but this was clear on the website. Having followed the one way system we walked across the parkland and into the woodland. The paths are open but the various children’s play areas are closed.

The café and toilets operate a signed one way system. The café has a limited menu - sandwiches, cakes and pasties and the indoor seating is not in use. We only had drinks and had no trouble finding a bench to sit on at lunchtime.

Toilets are unisex and operate a one way system. The hand dryers are not working and I only saw one pile of paper towels (in what I believe is normally the ladies). There was what looked like a bottle of hand sanitiser on the table with the paper towels but was hand wash.
Written July 14, 2020
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1,530 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Easy online booking as with other NT properties. House closed but all the garden area was open and with lots of benches to sit and take in the fabulous views. One way system in operation through the gardens, well marked out so very clear where to go at all times. After leading you through the gardens the one way system goes down to the lake. From there an arrow points left to take you on a shortcut to return to the entrance. Alternatively you can continue to the right, like we did, to go round the other side of the lake. This goes past the statue of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill then and up into the woods for a longer walk taking in the bomb crater and then leading back down to the car park.

This was the first NT place we'd visited since the lockdown where the café was open (rather than just a mobile van/kiosk as we've seen at other properties). Obviously the menu was limited but they had sandwiches and cakes etc. The inside seating area was closed but we had no problem finding a table outside.

Our one concern was the toilets. They've made them unisex and again a one way system is in place. This was fine BUT we were very surprised to find there were no paper towels but instead they had the electric hand dryers working which people seemed quite happy to use. However surely blowing air around the enclosed space of the toilet block presents a risk of spreading the virus? It made us anxious and was very disappointing, especially given the care that has been taken with all the other safety measures that are in place around the site, so rated down a bit because of that.
Written August 17, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write an extensive review of you time spent with us earlier this month. We think that others intending to visit will find them useful. Your comments regarding the toilet facilities have been noted. Initially paper towels were in use, but plumbing blockages decreed that the hand driers were put back in use. However, you do raise a very valid point and this policy may well be reviewed.
Written August 28, 2020
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