The Gardens at Chartwell

Enjoy wide-open views across the lakes, garden and Weald of Kent, Churchill's kitchen garden and the rose walk. The garden at Chartwell is a feast for the eyes, whatever the season.

Honey bee on a rose at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Summer Garden Highlights at Chartwell

Churchill once said "a day away from Chartwell is a day wasted" - come along this summer to see why. We've listed the seasonal garden highlights for you to help you make the most of the sunny season.

Golden roses on the Golden Rose Avenue at Chartwell under blue skies. Pathway heading up on the right side

Golden Rose Avenue

The golden rose avenue is one of the more romantic parts of the garden, having been planted to celebrate Winston and Clementine's golden wedding anniversary. Golden yellow roses intertwined with the scented lavender make this one of the most fragrant parts of the garden. It is teeming with wildlife, from bees to painted lady butterflies and is not to be missed on a visit to Chartwell this summer.

Lady Churchill's Pink Rose Garden at Chartwell

Lady Churchill's Rose Garden

The summer months is when Lady Churchill's rose garden begins to shine. Enjoy a display of red, white and pink roses in this quintessential English part of the garden. This area was Clementine's pride and joy; it was always ravishing and immaculate and the part of the garden she loved most.

Spinach, salsify, parsnips, carrots and artichoke growing in the kitchen garden at Chartwell

Kitchen Garden 

An abundance of fruit and veg appears in the summer months, from berries to spinach and potatoes to beans. Much of the produce is taken up to the Landemare Café and transformed into mouth-watering dishes for lunch.

The Golden Orfe ponds in summer at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Golden Orfe Ponds

Churchill first encountered golden orfe in the 1930s and was so entranced by them that they were made features of the Chartwell garden. Have a look out for a small chair next to one of the ponds; Churchill could sit here for hours in silent contemplation as he feed his beloved fish.

The swimming pool built by Churchill at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Churchill's Swimming Pool

Follow the cascades down from the rock garden to find Churchill's swimming pool. In the early years, the Churchills used the lakes for swimming until the oval concrete pool was constructed in the 1930s. With his usual thoroughness, Churchill took the advice from his scientist friend, Lindemann, on the amount of water needed to fill it and from a chemist on the correct chemicals to keep it clean.

Black swan at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Black Swans 

Black swans were first kept at Chartwell in the 1920s after they were gifted to Churchill. Please help us take care of our black swans by giving them some distance and not feeding them. Wildfowl are sensitive and may peck if they feel uncomfortable. Thank you.

One of two lakes at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Lakes

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. The lakes were camouflaged by brush wood to reduce the risk of bombing raids during the wars but they now offer majestic views and provide a home for wildlife - including his much loved Black Swans.

A spring view across the Weald of Kent from Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent
Walking trail

Weardale Walk - Chartwell to Emmetts Garden 

A beautiful 3 hour walk that links Chartwell with Emmetts Garden. Both properties share some spring colour; from mid spring 19,000 daffodils bloom in the Chartwell car park whilst the south garden at Emmetts becomes a sea of golden daffodils. From mid April the bluebells start to emerge and the rhododendrons come alive in a rainbow explosion of colour.

Elvis the dog in Chartwell garden Kent

Bring Your Dog To Chartwell

Here at Chartwell, we love dogs. Bring your furry companion along on a short lead for a stroll around the gardens or go for a roam in the woods. Find out more about where you can and can't take your dog here.

Drones or remote controlled aerial devices cannot be flown in Knole Park.

Please Leave Your Drone At Home

All aerial activity above our sites is prohibited according to an existing byelaw. Please leave your drones at home as drone flying isn’t allowed over National Trust land.