Chartwell

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

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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Peter R
Dartford, UK987 contributions
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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Jacandhow
Bedford, UK1,985 contributions
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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pwharley
Newport, Wales58 contributions
I visited on a Sunday with friends.

I was surprised to find that Chartwell is served on Sundays by London Bus service 246 from Bromley and Hayes railway stations, which may be useful for some visitors, as the nearest station to Chartwell is Edenbridge, 4 miles away!

The reception staff were helpful and welcoming. The next available house tours were at 14:10 (we arrived at 11:00), but that was fine, as it allowed us to have something to eat and explore the gardens.

The gardens, fish ponds, swimming pool and lakes were all beautiful and we thought the gardens stunning.
The house was fascinating; I could imagine myself living there!
I was impressed by the small cottage (Marycot), which Churchill built for his youngest daughter. There was also a fascinating collection of chickens!

My only regret is that we didn't see the resident ginger cat, Jock.
Written May 15, 2022
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Terry W
Bracknell, UK1,350 contributions
Couples
Trip advisor says that the House is closed, yet it opened in the middle of September 2020.
Booking ahead with the National Trust gets you in to the gardens at that time, but you then have to book your timed entry into the house when you arrive. Entry to the house currently starts at 12:30. We arrived for our 1pm booking and the earliest we could get into the house was 2:30. That was good as we walked around the gardens and grounds first.
The gardens were really well maintained and there was evidence of much needed cutting back. The Nerines were bright, obviously enjoying where they are.
The views you get over the surrounding countryside are wonderful, no high rise buildings in site at all.
Winston Churchill’s Studio was also open allowing 6 people at a time to enter, as long as you had house timed tickets.
The room stewards were a delight to talk with and “knew there stuff”. You could see how this is was his home for 40 years. The second floor is now a dedicated exhibition with displays of his clothing and awards.
Written October 4, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're pleased that you found your time spent at Chartwell enjoyable and are sure that others will find your comments helpful if planning a visit.
Written October 11, 2020
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK1,070 contributions
We are National Trust members and, due to Covid, had to book timed entry tickets to the site in advance. When you arrive, you need to go tot he visitors centre to check in. You then need to go to the butterfly house to queue up for timed tickets to visit the house. I would suggest getting there reasonably early as, at busy times, the tickets for the house are all taken up by around lunch time. The house itself is very interesting - you can see how Churchill live, painted and entertained here. The views around the property are impressive. You can also visit his art studio and, if the weather is OK, walk around the grounds. There is a cafe with decent quality food and plenty of indoor and outdoor tables, and a large gift shop. I would definitely recommend a visit to Chartwell.
Written December 22, 2020
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Chad
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1st visit NT members. Was passing near by on a long journey, it was the end of lunchtime and we had just an hour or so to spare, so popped in for a bite to eat and to stretch our legs. Parking convenient and lovely area. Cafe brilliant very open and well spaced seats outside on deck in wooded area up from car park. Food very good. Were just going to walk around the gardens after as it was a lovely day. However as it was a Monday afternoon and quiet we managed a whistle stop tour of the absolutely charming house and gallery and a very pleasant walk in the beautiful gardens and grounds all in an hour, as well as a brief stop in the gift shop to get a book to fill in the blanks from our very brief visit. Would definitely recommend a longer visit to properly enjoy all the gardens and fully explore all that the house has to offer. The staff and guides were lovely and so friendly, not at all sniffy about our haste, in fact quite the reverse, doing all they could to accommodate us, which made this lovely brief visit on a quiet sunny day just perfect. Highly recommended.
Written May 15, 2022
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SolihullRichard
Dorridge, UK775 contributions
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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Ozzy38
Beckenham, UK385 contributions
Couples
We felt this was an expensive day out visiting with our french relatives nothing was available in other languages unless you paid an extra £5 on top for a french guide book. The entrance fee is already a hefty £20 per adult if you are not a member plus you have to pay for car parking - the house itself is small and if it wasn’t the house of winston Churchill not note worthy. I really feel the national trust needs to modernise and cater for its clients both English and international in his day and age it’s not good enough to only provide guides in English- come NT get in 21st century!!!
Written June 4, 2022
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Lizzieb103
Towcester, UK31 contributions
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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Afterbrunel
St. Neots, UK493 contributions
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 September 20, 2021
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