They are currently working on Chartwell to repair some weather damage to the roof and windows. We were told that the roof was repaired but had to be replaced as it wasn’t done properly. The roof is made from a material that can no longer be sourced so each tile has to be repaired and replaced which is time-consuming and costly. The windows also prove difficult to repair and replace as it is a listed building and they must be exact replicas.
The house is quite modern inside and feels more like a house than a stately home. It was very interesting to see where Winston Churchill lived. You are allowed to visit the studio where he would paint and see some of the paintings he created. It’s hard to imagine him sitting around and painting.
The views from the house are quite stunning and you can see why someone would want to live somewhere so quite when they have such a stressful job.
There is quite a large kitchen garden and they use what they grow in the cafe to make Mrs Landemare’s original recipes. She was the head cook to Winston Churchill when he lived at Chartwell. The cafe sandwiches were particularly good.
The only downside we found was that the car parking facilities were quite small so on a busy day you may find it hard to park. But putting that minor thing aside it is worth the trip.
The gardens are lovely, there is plenty of open space to explore and the house is interesting to see. I hope you have better luck spotting Jock (the house cat) than we did.