Famous London homes

View of Chartwell House, Kent
Chartwell House - a National Trust treasure National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Explore fascinating family histories at the former homes of famous writers, statesmen, and stars of the stage.

In a day: 

Morning: Chartwell
Explore the house and gardens of Sir Winston Churchill. Left as it was when he lived there, you can discover his books, paintings, memorabilia and family photographs. Take a closer look into the lives of the Churchill family by booking ‘The Churchills at Chartwell’ special interest tour. 
Enjoy lunch in the licensed restaurant at Chartwell before a short 20 minute journey to Knole. 
Afternoon: Knole
Set in the heart of a medieval deer-park, this great house was the birthplace and home of Vita Sackville-West. It holds a wide array of fascinating family histories – you’ll find it hard to beat the characters and stories that make up the famous and ancient Sackville dynasty. Take the opportunity to book a fascinating tour of ‘Lord Sackville’s Private Garden’.   

Turn your visit into a short break by adding:

  • Quebec House: The childhood home of General James Wolfe, where you can discover both family and military memorabilia.
  • a visit to Bateman’s, the beautiful 17th-century manor house, home to Rudyard Kipling from 1902-36.
  • Smallhythe Place: the charming cottage and home of Victorian actress Ellen Terry, containing many of her personal and theatrical mementoes. Outside there are further memories of Ellen including her spectacular rose garden and barn, transformed by her daughter Edith into a theatre following her death.

Stop en-route at:

  • the gardens created by Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst Castle.
  • the picturesque moated Scotney Castle.