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Chartwell, Westerham
(4.6/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Tour Chartwell, the home of the influential British statesman Sir Winston Churchill. Inhabited by his family for over 40 years, the estate offers an inside look at Churchill’s political and private life. Tour the grand sitting room and study of the house, or stroll through the estate’s many rose gardens and woodland areas. From the terrace of the house, you can enjoy sprawling views of the surrounding Kent countryside. Stop by the restaurant for a Churchill-inspired menu using fresh ingredients from the kitchen garden. Add Chartwell to your Westerham travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Westerham itinerary maker.
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  • We visited here end of Sept 2016. It was overcast, with rain from time to time. Arrived by car, early enough, so parking was not a problem. We traveled from Broadstairs, on the coast with relatives, w...  more »
  • We were 2 adults and 2 children. Started taking the path of the forest front the mansion, in which them classic swings hung from trees you moved to a time last and gentle. The children enjoyed a lot. We continue towards the Canadian Camp Hill and finally to the area of the Lake and ponds. A morning walk to stretch the body. View of the countryside, we visited the garden and the House. The garden is very interesting, with daily species, but precisely for this reason may be all a discovery for today's kids, especially if you are in town and have only seen to grow vegetables in photos. In terms of the simple home for what one expected a priori of a historical character as it was Churchill. Many objects of the statesman, perfectly connected with it through some leaves that give you, and especially by the magnificent explanations you offer the National Trust people present in each room. One envy does not have this system of volunteer in Spanish attractions, or at least I do not know, while it is very widespread in the British. In particular there was a Lady of more than 80 years in the kitchen, giving explanations perfectly coherent and with great knowledge fruit of their broad life experience. A real luxury. Told us about some weights for a balance, which had imperial measures (ounces, etc.), and commented that the kg for it was very confusing. There is an area with lawn in front of the House, ideal for a picnic and a minisiestecita that I knew to glory (taking advantage of that others went for ice cream and a cup of coffee at a station which had the Lake). (Eye with the Swan black, that stings;)! We ended up visiting the Studio of painting. Interesting and surprising this hobby in this man. I would have never thought about it, but I guess we all need an escape valve. And he painted not bad. Don't expect great luxury, but if you want to touch history you don't miss it.
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  • A very special place absolutely rammed with Churchill memorabilia. Apart from the house there are beautiful gardens to wander around and a decent cafe to have something to eat or drink at when you fin...  more »
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  • Very informative and knowledgeable volunteers. Wonderful to see where arguably our greatest Prime Minister lived. The location is lovely and the gardens well cared for. It is currently undergoing a substantial restoration of the exterior of the building so be aware of scaffolding spoiling some photographic opportunities. However, I am never disappointed when I go here.
  • Must visit this place if you love history. So many of Sir Winston Churchill's medals and memories there and they have kept the most in original condition. The largest collection of his paintings in the world too. Loved it there.
  • Beautiful grounds. The guides were very informative and friendly giving a real insight into the history and how we could find our more.
  • Beautiful grounds and historically interesting about the life of Winston Churchill. I especially liked his painting studio and the kitchen garden.
  • This was one of the most interesting places I have ever visited. I wouldn't have believed Winston Churchill did snd achieved so much in his life. He was an amazing man. Both the house and gardens were so fascinating, I would definitely go again.