Autumn garden highlights at Chartwell

The gardens at Chartwell are full of history, from the wall Winston built himself in the Walled Garden to the rose garden planted for his wife, Clementine. Exploring the outdoors at this time of year is always a joy, with fantastic fiery colours taking over the autumn borders and woodland. Come along and find out for yourselves why Winston fell in love with this country home.

Brilliant orange, red and yellow trees reflect into the Chartwell lake under blue skies in autumn


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. In the autumn, the surrounding trees bring stunning reflections in a full myriad of colour.

The estate in autumn at Chartwell, a National Trust place in Kent

Seasonal Views

The terrace behind the house is the perfect spot to enjoy a view on a sunny day. From here you can pull up a chair and admire the scene as it slopes down towards the lakes and up again to the woodland, transforming into a rust-coloured landscape. From the right-hand side of the terrace you can even see for miles across the weald of Kent. This view is just one of the reasons Churchill was so eager to purchase Chartwell as his family home.

Apples in the orchard

Apple orchard

Branches laden with a bountiful crop of juicy red-green apples tumble temptingly from the trees in our orchard - a reward for our gardeners judicious pruning. The majority of these are cooking apples and our favourite variety is of course the 'Winston' apple, so-named because, like the great man himself, these apples can weather a storm. We kindly ask you do not pick our apples as they will soon be gathered up ready for juicing.

Pumpkins in the kitchen garden at Chartwell, a National Trust place in Kent

Autumnal Harvest

Take a wander into our Walled Garden to see what seasonal delights we're growing. Root vegetables are being harvested, ready to be transformed into delicious stews in our café but what you won't be able to miss are our pumpkins and squashes being suspended from the ground!

Pumpkins growing in the kitchen garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent


Come and enjoy the autumnal orange spectacle that is lines of pumpkins growing in our Walled Garden. By hanging our vegetables from the ground like this, we're ensuring the moist soil will not cause them to rot prematurely, keeping them looking their best throughout the autumn months.