Explore inside the house at Chartwell

Churchill's desk in his study at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Chartwell was the family home of Winston Churchill. Filled with treasures from every aspect of Churchill’s life, the house here at Chartwell provides an opportunity to explore the home of one of Britain’s greatest leaders.

Winter closure

From Monday 4 November, the house at Chartwell will be closed to the public for the winter months, opening only for three weekends in December for Christmas. 

What can I see?

Discover the house that Churchill called home, where he brought up his young family. Decorated as it was in the 1930s, make your way through rooms like the library, study, sitting room and dining room displayed as if the family have only just left the room.

Explore the museum rooms filled with gifts that Churchill received and see the original collection that Churchill and the family kept at Chartwell.

As you make your way around the house uncover the home and family man behind the statesman.

Churchill arriving in Geneva, 1946

A History of Winston Churchill in 50 Objects

Gain a unique insight into the extraordinary life of Sir Winston Churchill. Our exhibition presents a collection of Churchill’s own cherished possessions, many of which have not been displayed before, collected by him over the course of his lifetime.

The rooms of Chartwell

Sitting Room

The first room you will head into on your visit to Chartwell, the sitting room is laid out as it was in Chartwell's heydays of the 1920s-30s, although was later used as a bedroom by Lady Churchill. On sunny days you can also head out onto the 'Pink' Terrace, perfectly showing off the reason the Churchill's loved Chartwell so much - the stunning views out over the Weald of Kent.

Don't miss: Winter Sunshine, Chartwell (c.1924) by Winston Churchill. Entered anonymously in 1925 into a London exhibition for amateur painters, it won him first prize.

Drawing Room

A place to meet as a family and their guests, the drawing room is a light and airy room looking out over the garden. Churchill was fond of playing bezique in here and the card table beyond the sofas is still set up for a game.

Don't missCharing Cross Bridge (1902) by Claude Monet, this was a gift to Churchill from Emery Reves after the Second World War.

The Library

Used by both Churchill and his research assistants, many of the books in here were received as presents and many more bought to aid in his work. It quickly became the perfect place to escape to when somewhere quiet was needed to get the work done.

Don't miss: Bronze bust of American President and wartime ally, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Lady Churchill's Bedroom

A place of calm with its duck-egg blue colour scheme and high barrel-vaulted ceiling, Lady Clementine Churchill spent many hours here, dealing with her correspondence and the household accounts at her writing desk.

Don't miss: One of the last photographs taken of Sir Winston Churchill stands on the desk in Lady Churchill's bedroom, to be found next to a photograph of their much-loved daughter, Marigold who died in 1921 aged just two years old.

Museum and Uniform Rooms

Once three guest bedrooms, you can now find our museum and uniform rooms, displaying a selection of Churchill's uniforms and some of the many gifts and awards presented to him. 

Don't miss: The Vote of Thanks award, presented to Churchill from the House of Commons in 1964 which recognised distinguished and victorious generals and admirals, and to Speakers and servants of the house.

The Study

The study was Churchill's workshop, which apart from during the Second World War, he used constantly for forty years, becoming the heart of Chartwell. He found it easiest to think standing up and would dictate to a secretary sat at the large mahogany writing-desk you will find in the middle of the room.

Don't miss: The Union Flag, hoisted in Rome on the night of 5 June 1944, the first British flag to fly over a liberated European Capital.

The Dining Room

The circular dining-table and armchairs to be found in the dining room were designed specially for the Churchills by Tilden and manufactured by Heals, and contrast wonderfully with the vivid green chintz curtains surrounding the room.

Don't miss: The Golden Rose Book, commissioned in 1958 by the Churchills' children to record the various golden and yellow roses in the Golden Rose Avenue created to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

A close up of the signatures in the Chartwell Visitors Book, with the entry for Charlie Chaplin visible on the digital version in the background

Digitised Chartwell Visitors Book

The Chartwell Visitors Book is one of the most unique items in our collection. With thanks to new technology, Churchill's Chartwell Appeal and our dedicated volunteers, we are improving access to this true slice of history as never before.

Busy Days at Chartwell