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“Winning Home of "Winnie"”
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Private Tour: Chartwell House Tour from London
Ranked #1 of 14 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.
Reviewed May 9, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Chartwell (27 April). Very informative. Found the folks inside the house quite willing to chat, or not. Very relaxing. Went for a stroll round the grounds. Enjoyed the gardens, even though they were not at their 'peak'. Will return in June to see the roses.
Happily, we are members of National Trust, making this visit "free" to us.

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Reviewed May 8, 2014

This was not originally on the plan but after talking with people I met on the trip, this came up as a great place to visit. Arrival at the home is through a lovely village, Brasted, and along a wooded paved road. The drive itself is relaxing and pleasant. Arrival to the pay and display parking area is easy and the walk to the café, shop and ticket office is short and easy. Our first stop was to get tickets to view the home. If you want only the grounds, no ticket is necessary. There is a guide book for purchase as well and I picked one up just to make sure I had as much information as possible at the start. You walk from the ticket office down the path, through lovely well-kept grounds, past koi ponds and amazing views of fields before arriving at the house. People are let in in pairs so there is a steady stream of visitors instead of clumps surrounding each exhibit. Their are guides available in each room to answer questions and point out objects of interest. No photography is allowed which is the only real downfall to this site. There are many intriguing and historical pieces it would have been nice to have a visual record of including one of only two Honorary Passports issued by the USA. The other, in case you are asked, was to Mother Theresa. The one we saw was to Winston Churchill. The order of knighthood was on display and many other pieces that brought much of my world history back to me in a rush. The 5000+ books on display were almost all read and used by Winston Churchill over his long career. There were many paintings done by him using a variety of techniques. His painting was started as a relaxing mechanism and it became a lifelong love. The notes between he and his wife are sprinkled throughout the exhibits and are wonderful to read. There is one photo showing him laying a brick wall and during our walk through the gardens I found the wall marked with a sign indicating this was part of the wall he built with his own hands. There is every evidence that he loved this home.

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Reviewed May 8, 2014

Got to Chartwell, good sign posts from Westerham, early in the morning , about 10.15am, to miss the crowds. Easy parking close to the entry point. We had an easy walk to the House admiring the gardens and parkland. Entry to the house is by timed ticket to allow easy viewing of the rooms. It took about 1 1/2 hours to go round. What a place just as the family had left it. The guides were very knowledgeable and pointed out things of interest. The Awards and personal gifts of Churchill's were well displayed. Brilliant Place. I almost expected Churchill to walk in at any time.
The Gardens were beautiful, and gardeners were around to give advice and answer questions. The Gift shop and Café were extremely good. All in all a Great Day out

1  Thank Colin S
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Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

A trip to Chartwell offers 2 great benefits. First - the gardens and park are large and delightful. Great example of why Kent is known as the garden of England. The views to the South Downs are lovely. But secondly Chartwell is a super way to get a real sense of the great man, and his romantic relationship with Clemmie his wife. Everyone knows Churchill the statesman. This is about Churchill the man. The visit is tasteful and touching.
It can get crowded - especially on bank holidays. Timed entrance. Do book in advance is possible. Good national trust restaurant on site. Great park for a picnic. Good for kids to run around.

Thank tpeck68
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

We have visited Chartwell a number of times. The house has an interesting history being the home of Winston Churchill. There is a museum which gives an insight into his rather privileged life.
The gardens are very nice to walk around particularly the kitchen garden.
This is also an excellent starting point to go for some extended walks through the local woodland with some stunning views across the Kent countryside.

Thank Kenneth S
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