One of the reasons Churchill bought Chartwell was for the potential water feature he could create. The lower lake already existed when he bought the property but in 1924 a dam was built to create the upper lake. These were camouflaged by brush wood to reduce the risk of bombing raids during the wars. Thankfully they now offer majestic views and provide a home for lots of wildlife.
Our kitchen garden
Churchill himself built some of the walls to the kitchen garden at a rate of 90 bricks per hour. The garden produced fruit and vegetables for all his homes including 10 Downing Street. After a state of disrepair the kitchen garden was recreated in 2004 and now provides the Chartwell café with fresh produce.
The mahonia x media or Oregon grape 'Winter Sun' is a welcome addition to Chartwell at winter. The racemes or stalks of bright yellow flowers are a delight to see in what can be considered a dark and dull season. You can find this hardy shrub in our winter border within the orchard of Chartwell against the wall leading to the kitchen garden
The Japanese cedar
The Crypotomeria Japonica was planted in 1852 only 10 years after its introduction to the UK, and that was all thanks to John Campbell Colquhoun's connections with Kew Garden. When owned by the Churchill's this tree became a favourite one for climbing.
The golden rose walk
This was a gift from Churchill's children in 1958 for Winston and Clementine's Golden Wedding Anniversary in September. The sundial was added later and the inscription was suggested to Lady Churchill by travel writer and anthropologist Freya Stark.
The heated pool was built in the 1937 drought. It was filled at night after locals ran out of water.
Originally a tennis court for Lady Churchill, it became a croquet lawn in 1948 when the children matured.
What looks good in the garden?
- Come see our autumn and winter interest border start to flourish by the walled garden
- Visit us this winter as we start to begin our spring borders ready for the first signs of spring next year