Enjoy the sunshine the British way by bringing along a blanket and a picnic to eat alongside the lakes at Chartwell. Enjoy the summer breeze and admire the black swans gracefully gliding across the waters as you enjoy an outdoor meal. Why not pick up some food to go from our Landemare cafe?
Around every corner at Chartwell you will find bursts of summer colour. The borders lining the top terrace of the kitchen garden and the orchard are looking particularly colourful, filled with pinks and purples and lovely scents. The lilies are blooming, the weigela looks fantastic so make sure you take the time to admire the summer borders at Chartwell.
Cut Flower Bed
Pop into the Walled Garden to find the cut flower bed springing into life, awash with an array of rainbow colours. We still grow many of Clementine Churchill's favourite flowers, such as yellow marigolds. Look out for these flowers as you go around the house; our volunteers make lovely floral displays.
Roses have long been associated with the Churchill's and their family home, Chartwell in Kent. With a walled rose garden alive with colour and a separate rose avenue bursting with fragrance, it's not hard to see why. Uncover the history and romance behind these areas on your next visit to find out why the rose garden was Clementine's favourite place.
This unusual lilac flowers its socks off every year in early summer, bearing gorgeous lavender-pink panicles which, like the common lilac, are heavily scented. Look out for these blooming flowers around the steps leading down to the orchard.
Croquet enthusiasts, make your summer special by hiring our croquet lawn. Teams can even hire our high-end Jacques kit to play the traditional game in our historical setting. There's no booking required; just turn up and play. Find out when you can hire our lawn along with prices here.
Artichokes, gooseberries and runner beans are just a few of the many foods growing in our kitchen garden. During the summer months the fruit and vegetable beds turn a luscious green as the produce gets ready to be picked and taken to the café.
Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of a 20th century flower garden blooming all year round at Chartwell. From spring blossom to summer roses, autumn apples to winter trees, the garden at Chartwell is a feast for the eyes, whatever the season.
All the family can have fun at Chartwell, with woodland and a treehouse to explore and plenty of activities to complete. Take on our summer trail, dress up in Donkey Jack's Caravan and discover Chickenham Palace. What are you waiting for? Grab your shoes and start your summer adventure.