If you recently watched “The Crown” or “Darkest Hour”, I’m quite sure you were wondering if the beautiful country house of Winston Churchill really existed or was just for the movie/series.
Well, I’m glad to let you know that the house is located near the town of Westerham, Kent in South East England.
Filled with personal belongings, the house has been renovated and preserved as it looked in the 1920-30s.
The rooms have the original furniture and are decorated with memorabilia, books, objects and Churchill’s honours and medals.
There you can learn about Churchill private life, see how he loved his garden, with around 8 hectares and also, you can have a look at his paintings collection.
Be aware that the house entry is by timed ticket (website or on site) only. But you can have a lovely walking in his garden until your time slot or enjoy a tea in the restaurant at the house.
You can also entertain the children while doing the tour. The site management team organises activities for the kids.
When we visited, they had a little game of wood butterflies spread all over the garden. These butterflies are painted in the colour of the flags of some countries and the name of the written country mixed, and the children have to discover the name of these countries. However, the activity might change when you visit.
As I’m a member of the National Trust, the entrance and the car park was free.
But if you are not, Adult pay £17.20 (Gift Aid) or £15.50 (standard) and Child £8.60 (Gift Aid) or £7.70 (standard).
(prices are reduced as the entrance is only for the garden because of the COVID-19)
How to get there:
Leave M25 at junction 5 or 6 and follow the A25 to Westerham. Just follow the brown signs with the National Trust oak leaf. Located just off the B2026. SatNav: postcode: TN16 1PS
Edenbridge (4 miles) and Oxted (6 miles) stations are accessible from London Victoria and London Bridge. Sevenoaks station (6 miles) has a regular fast train service from London Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge. Oxted and Sevenoaks have taxi outside to get to Chartwell.
Enjoy this beautiful place!