Chartwell was the beloved family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until his death in 1965. In times of war and peace, whether in power or in the political wilderness, it never failed him.
Churchill was particularly drawn to the estate's breath-taking views across the Weald of Kent - a view that remains unspoilt today.
Where is Chartwell located?
Chartwell is located on the outskirts of the charming market town of Westerham in Kent, the county known for being the 'Garden of England'.
What is the history of Chartwell to the present day?
The estate, initially called Well Street, was built upon as early as the 16th century. Winston Churchill first saw Chartwell in July 1921 just before the house and estate were auctioned. In 1922, Winston purchased the house for £5,000, knowing that it was a large project as the property needed a lot of work doing, taking two years of work before the family were able to move into the house.
Chartwell became the much-loved home for the Churchill family, being a playground for their youngest daughter and a treasured private country recluse for a very public man.
The National Trust actually acquired Chartwell 18 years before Winston's death, on the condition that Winston and his wife Clementine could continue to live there for as long as they wished.
Following the death of Sir Winston in January 1965, the National Trust wanted to open the house and gardens to the public as soon as possible. Chartwell opened to the public in the summer of 1966.
Apart from minor amendments and additions the house remains much the same as it was when it was originally opened for public viewing in 1966.
What is there to see and do at Chartwell?
Visitors can enjoy a walk around the extensive grounds, with beautiful gardens, play areas and wildlife, there's plenty to do. In the main season (from 1 March 2019), visit the house and discover the inside of Sir Winston's beloved home before popping into the café for a bite to eat and a drink.