We had a lovely little staycation recently. We stayed in Kent for one night and visited Chartwell and Hever Castle, we then headed to Windosr and visited LEGOLAND® We spent the night in the LEGOLAND® Hotel and spent a night at the De Vere Beaumont Hotel and visited Windsor Castle.
Chartwell is somewhere that had been on my bucket list for a long time. It is the Childhood home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill and you can feel the history and magnitude of the place from the second you step foot inside. Entry to the house itself is by timed ticket, so make sure you book before travelling. Chartwell is looked after by the National Trust.
The House is set in beautiful grounds and you have the option of walking from the car park/visitor centre or getting a mini bus up to the house. It was a lovely dry day and the walk was only about 5 minutes so we decided to take a nice slow walk. The walk was lovely as the path wound up and down through some of the gardens, past a little waterfall and to the left we had the most amazing view of the lakes and former swimming pool. Once we got up to the top, nearer to the house we had stunning views of the studios and the wider area. It felt like we could see for miles. Lily found the Butterfly enclosure and we enjoyed seeing them all in the cocoons.
We went inside the House and there was so much to see inside. My favourite room was the dining room; it was set up for afternoon tea and had a stunning view over the lakes (definitely somewhere I could imagine Sir Winston Churchill spending a lot of time reading and reflecting!).
©National Trust Images/Ciaran McCrickard
Sir Winston Churchill, love him or loathe him, is one of our most eminent and influential politicians. Seeing the desk where he wrote so many of his speeches was truly magical, you could sense the history and importance of the place. Chartwell has plenty of grandeur and it was poignant for me to see where Winston Churchill had come from; it made you feel like you got a deeper connection and understanding of the man behind the politics.
©National Trust Images/James Dobson
Lily was a little scared inside the house at times. There was absolutely nothing to be scared of at all, but I think because it was a large, old and disused building it just gave her a little sense of unease. She did really enjoy running through the gardens though!
Mike & I both really enjoyed Chartwell and it is definitely somewhere I would recommend to anyone who an interest in History, Politics or Architecture. It is a lovely place for a family day out.
Disclosure: We were given our tickets to Chartwell FREE in exchange for an honest review.