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Visits to the house are by timed admission, but you are free to wander. If you can possibly avoid summer weekends I suggest you do so; we came on a sunny August day and it was extremely crowded. This wasn't a problem in the gardens and grounds but the house was very crowded and it was a bit difficult to easily enjoy all the rooms. For Chartwell is not a stately home, with grand, spacious state rooms or show piece halls; it is a comfortable house; a family home, and it was never made to handle the numbers of curious visitors who pass through the doors. If you do come at a busy time of year, I suggest you come early in the day!
A short distance from the house is the Studio, where Churchill retreated to follow his passion for painting. The Studio has slightly different opening times than the house itself, so please check the National Trust website if you'd like to enjoy a look at Churchill's private painting space and view his art on display.
Our family loved Chartwell. Though we visited on a Bank Holiday, when the summer sun shone brightly, and the house was full to bursting with fellow visitors, we found the experience of exploring the house and grounds an absolute delight. Yes, it was crowded. But, oh, what a wonderful experience. If you aren't particularly enamoured of Churchill, you will be after visiting, and if you already are, well, you'll need no second invitation!
Garden: Terraced rose and water gardens commissioned by the Churchill family, golden rose walk planted for the occasion of the golden anniversary of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill.
Address: Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, England, TN16 1PS
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 2 m S Westerham, off B2026
Phone: 01732 868 381
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: TQ455 515
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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