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Area: Kent
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Chartwell -- Kent
Visitor Information

Email: chartwell //at//
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Last Update*  24-01-2013

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 Opening Days and Hours

NOTE for 2015: Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open

2 March - 3 November 11am - 5pm

2 March - 3 November 12.30pm - 4.30pm

Garden, Exhibition, Shop & Restaurant
2 March - 3 November 10am - 5pm
4 November - 31 December 11am - 4pm

Admission by timed ticket to house, which should be purchased on arrival but cannot be booked. Open every day. Last admission 45mins before house closing. Car park closes 4pm, on 1st January to 12th March and 1st November to 31st December, or dusk if earlier; also closed 25th December.

Parties / Coaches: Yes
Must be pre-booked
Groups / Coaches need Appointment: Yes
Call 01732 868381

House Open for Viewing: Yes
2 March - 3 November, every day, 11am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm)
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National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Check website for details
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Flowering Shrubs and bluebells
Rose Gardens
Autumn colours
 Admission Prices
Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
House, garden and studio:
Adult 13.40 (12.00)
Child 6.80 (6.00)
Family 33.60 (30.00)

Garden and studio:
Adult 6.80 (6.00)
Child 3.30 (3.00)
Family 16.90 (15.00)
 Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Shop: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Teas: Yes
Light Refreshment: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
Function rooms for social & business entertainment, weddings catered for. Countryside walks, daily access. Baby changing facilities. Car park closed 25th Dec, normally closes at 5.00pm or dusk if earlier.
Disabled information plus mobility and walking aids
 Garden Features & Events
Family home of Sir Winston Churchill; Home of Winston Churchill, the BBC's 'Greatest Briton'; Unrivalled collection of Churchill paintings, photographs and memorabilia; Beautiful rose and water gardens commissioned by the Churchills; Countryside walks with stunning views over the Weald; Productive vegetable garden, restored using original plans English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade: II*
National Collection:
 Description of Garden
Designer: Sir Winston & Lady Churchill, Lanning Roper
The lovely gardens command unrivalled views over the Weald of Kent and contain lakes, a water garden, golden orfe pools, Lady Churchill's rose garden, and the Golden Rose Walk which was given to the Churchills on their golden wedding anniversary by their children. Viewed from the terrace above it is a stunning sight all through the summer and early autumn when the 32 varieties of yellow and golden roses are in flower. Nearby is the Wendy House built for Churchill's daughter, Lady Mary Soames. The visitor can also see Sir Winston's famous brick walls which were built by him personally in the 1920's and 30's and this physical labour, together with his painting, may have become a kind of therapy when he was out of favour politically. In 1928 he was even invited to become an adult apprentice of the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers by their then General Secretary!
 History of Garden
The planting and overall design were largely the responsibility of Lady Churchill, assisted by her head gardener, Victor Vincent from after the war until 1979. After Sir Winston's death in 1965, Chartwell was taken on by the National Trust who employed Lanning Roper, at that time a consultant for the Trust, to re-design parts of the garden in co-operation with Lady Soames. Philip Tilden had previously transformed the house into a suitable and comfortable residence for the family improving its views of, and access to, the garden.
 Nearby Kent Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
In Westerham
On site
Inns & Pubs:
Harrow Inn, Ightham
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Westerham village
Quebec House
Emmetts Garden
Ightham Mote
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