What is Chartwell?
I have always been a huge history buff so I have loved visiting Chartwell, but if you’ve not been sure on what Chartwell is, here is a little info. Chartwell is the family home of Sir Winston Churchill & his family, which was his very much loved home from 1924 until his death. The incredible things about the rooms was the fact that they have left it just as it would have been when he lived there with his family, except for a few exhibitions, which honestly makes you feel so at home and relaxed there. The grounds are beautiful, they are impeccable, the amount of room, the beauty, it’s perfect, even if you just want to go for a walk around the gardens, for somewhere that is so close to the M25, it is so quiet and peaceful.
Lady Churchill’s Rose Garden
I am no green thumb, however, Lady Churchill has one of the most beautiful rose gardens ever, the roses smell absolutely beautiful, and when they’re in flower, they brighten the garden up so much (even when the clouds do some over.)
That photo might not look like much but honestly there are rows and rows of beautiful roses in various different shades, and scents, it is definitely one of the most incredible sights I have seen in terms of gardening.
This is one of the beautiful roses in the garden, the smell was incredible and the thing about summer is you appreciate how beautiful it is but not only that, you actually get a chance to smell it and how beautiful it is.
Golden Rose Avenue
Golden Rose Avenue has so many beautiful roses, but not only that there is also some lavender which makes you feel so relaxed, the smell of the lavender and the roses together is absolutely overwhelmingly wonderful.
Not only that walking through the rose garden you come out near the kitchen herb garden & also found some fresh produce , there were courgettes, carrots, beetroot, everything, I was in absolute heaven, if only we had a bag I would have made a huge donation then and there.
The house has been left exactly how it would have been when Sir Winston Churchill was living there, everything has been preserved just the way it should have been, every room is filled with beautiful mementos like photos of Churchill, letters to Churchill from a variety of people, his Order Of The Garter robes & decorations to show that they’re part of the Order.
You are not allowed to take photographs inside the house but honestly there is so much history there you will look around and recognise a few very famous faces from all around the world and some very special gifts that were sent to Churchill.
The Special Exhibition
When we visited there was a special exhibition going on named Death Of A Hero, which marks the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death. Throughout the exhibition there were a few key parts of his passing that were marked, the first being his passing, it looks at what happened on that day, how his funeral had been planned years before he had actually died and no only that the most recent photo of him before he passed.
The second key aspect of the exhibition was the aftermath of his death, how that impacted on the world, newspapers from that terrible day and how the media reacted, it honestly makes you see things in a different light and see how the world loved and respected this incredible wartime hero.
The third key aspect of the exhibition was his funeral, Sir Winston Churchill was given a state funeral, there is a whole piece on things like sketches, paintings, order of service, quotes, you can probably watch it on YouTube if you are interested in it.
The fourth key aspect of the exhibition was his legacy, he left behind an incredible legacy, quotes which still live on today, but not only that his work as an artist (he is an incredible artist) a writer (you need to read his books) and as an incredible politician who lead us through some of the most difficult years, globally.
The fifth and last aspect of the exhibition was how we remember him, we will remember him in various ways, everything from the strength that came from him as a person, to his quotes, to all of the commemorative pieces which were available after 1965 to show our love and respect for an incredible man. For more information click here.
The grounds around Chartwell are breathtaking, everything from the swimming pool, to the lake, to the swan lake, to the bomb crater in the woods, the quarry, there are so many different things for you to see in Chartwell.
These are some of the beautiful flowers that are near Churchill’s studio, honestly they’re incredible, the flowers, the colours, are incredible and I got to see it on a beautiful day too, the great British weather held out for me!
This lake is so beautiful and in the summer seeing all of the wildlife was wonderful, there were so many dragonflies buzzing around, but frogs everywhere and we even saw some giant fish swimming around. I don’t mean the ones you can have at home I mean huge fish that looked like mini sharks (maybe a little over exaggeration) but being so close to so much nature was amazing.
The Water Feature
This beautiful water feature is just as you walk through the entrance after scanning your membership card, or paying for entry to the grounds/house/studio.
This is one of the beautiful views at Chartwell, this is overlooking the Lake near the Marlborough Pavilion. It definitely is a sun trap, it is incredibly warm on the pavilion and you definitely have the chance to chill out and enjoy the stunning views over the countryside.
Honestly Chartwell is an amazing day out for everyone, the fabulous history which is encompassed in the grounds, to the beautiful attractions for all of the family. It is definitely a must visit, to experience the grounds, the overwhelming beauty of such an incredible place is definitely worth it.
Me & My Dad
Me & My Husband
Me, My Dad, My Husband, My Step Mum Andrea (Unfortunately not pictured) had an amazing day, will definitely be going back soon!