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“Lovely Day Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Chartwell

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Private Tour: Chartwell House Tour from London
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Westerham
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Owner description: The great British statesman, Sir Winston Churchill, lived in this home for over 40 years. Visitors can tour the rose gardens and see the artwork, books and desk of this remarkable leader.
Little Rock, Arkansas
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“Lovely Day Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2011

We made the journey to Chartwell after leaving Leeds Castle without even entering. We were wandering the countryside looking at English Heritage Sites and landed at Chartwell as the car park in the far field was filling. I am not a crowds person -- that is why we left Leeds. At Chartwell, though, I did not feel quite the same as it was mostly families enjoying an English afternoon in the garden, having tea, and walking -- as opposed to the BUS loads at Leeds.

Yes, the place is packed, but as a Yank from the Hudson Valley who enjoys visiting FDR's home in Hyde Park, visiting his counterpart's home, Chartwell, is a must. You gain real insight into both men and their times, not to mention their families. While you can feel "pushed through" the house, I took my time, interacted with guides, and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The guide in Churchill's study was with him on the Battleship that took him to visit FDR in the states. This guy was a great asset to the property and made the visit perfect for this AP history teacher from an American boarding school. Gardens impressive, lovely walks throughout the countryside from this location, and quiet villages and churches down country lanes abound beyond the confines of the property. A day well worth the travel. Be sure to visit the War Rooms in London to round things out.

Visited August 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2011

The time you will have here depends on many things. We went over a bank holiday and it was insanely busy, but luckily, they regulate what time you get to go into the house.

The grounds are well tended and good for a picnic, and there are some interesting things to see outside which Churchill built but the gardens are not terribly impressive in the Soring. The house has all the history and one really needs to spend time reading the numerous placards in the museum of Churchills life to appreciate what went on here. Asking questions from the well-informed staff helps, so again it depends on if you like to read or are going to make the effort to ask questions. Churchills life and objects are what make this property worth the visit as there are far prettier and better landscaped examples in the NT collection. Still, it was a good day out.

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“Nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2010

Having travelled over a hour and half off route to come to Chartwell we expected something rather special. Like it says in all the reviews but this was never to be, rude room guides and more toy cops than anywhere i have ever been beforehand.

Shame they feel the need to do this as it was the main reason to why i didnt like the experiacnce. When i go to a property i like to look around in my own time not get hurried through like cattle.

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“Lovely gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2010

Great for a couple of hours if the weather's nice.
The grounds are beautiful and seem never ending. Kids loved the vegetable garden as they got to plant a lettuce and there's a fantastic play house.
There was even a reading spot by the lake with sofa and table that the kids thought was fantastic.
The house was very busy though and we had to queue to follow everybody round so it was either boring for the kids waiting in a hallway or you felt rushed when you were actually in a room as you were aware of someone breathing down your neck. Kids got given a quiz though which was great.
You got to go in his studio too which was interesting ...although his paintings weren't something I'd buy.
It was quite a nice day when we went but if it was raining, I think your visit would be quite short. OK if you're a National trust member - not so OK if you spent nearly 30 quid for a family of 4 to get in.
There's a picnic site but it's the other side of the car park which was a bit like sitting in the car park itself. We ate in the cafe and had a lovely soup and the kids had a 2.95 box with sandwich,drink, biscuit and apple. I think the soup was 4.50 with some nice fresh bread so not badly priced.
Also they have a penny press machine so if your kids collects them, take a penny and a pound coin.
You have to pay for the car park too so take some change for that.

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“What a British way to spend a Sunday !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2010

We are members of National Trust so visited Chartwell whilst on holiday. It was a bit of a strange house, not at all as I'd imagined but very in keeping with the period. After visiting Blenheim Palace where Churchill was born I was a little underwelmed at where he chose to live his married life.

It was also a bit of a disappointment not to be able to see his bedroom. You can view it on the computer in the information display but can't actually visit it, why I've no idea and it's a great waste.

The grounds are vast and beautiful and lovely to have a picnic in. The outdoor sitting room is especially creative.

Glad I went but probably wouldn't return.

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