Donkey Jack's Caravan at Chartwell

An exciting new addition to our family play area has landed at Chartwell. Join us in the Old Quarry to explore Donkey Jack's Caravan, complete with a trunk of dressing up clothes. It's just the place to let your imagination run wild whilst exploring an untold Churchill story.

Who was Donkey Jack?

Donkey Jack was a gypsy-type character who lived on public land on Mariners Hill, right next to Chartwell. He passed away in 1933 leaving behind his beloved wife.

Having previously turned a blind eye, the council issued his widow with an eviction notice.

A helping hand from Winston

Knowing Mrs Donkey Jack had nowhere to go, Churchill offered for her to come and live on the Chartwell estate. She did so willingly in her special blue caravan, which was thought to be a converted railway carriage.

After her passing the caravan was reportedly used by the Churchill's as a vantage point during shooting parties, as well as a quiet retreat for Winston.

Sadly in 1947 the original caravan was sold, but we've built a replica especially for you to enjoy.

 

Continue your family adventure

Family facilities at Chartwell

Baby changing facilities can be found by the visitor welcome centre, the toilets behind the shop and the toilets just beyond the croquet lawn in the garden. The café has a yummy children's menu, bottle warming and high chairs. Want to find a more secluded spot to breast feed? Just ask a member of staff. There's a picnic area with tables adjacent to the overflow car park and you're welcome to bring a blanket and picnic on the slopes by the lakes. Please note scooters and trikes are not suitable at Chartwell.