Gift of Power Exhibition at Chartwell

Published: Thursday 6th Feb 2014

Written by: Carol Attwell

Chartwell is located on the outskirts of Westerham in Kent and is certainly worth a visit. A few years ago Kent and Sussex Holiday Cottages held our home owners annual brochure launch luncheon there. After a wholesome two course meal in the grand hall, we spent a pleasant afternoon enjoying a tour of this beautiful house and gardens.

The Churchill family loved Chartwell. It was a home, and a place that truly inspired Sir Winston. The house is still very much as it was when the family lived there with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of this influential family. The studio is home to the largest single collection of Churchill’s paintings.

This current exhibition reveals the relationships between the prominent political figures of Churchill's victory through the gifts he received. Gifts from Stalin, de Gaulle and Roosevelt are featured, alongside gifts and correspondence from the general public. Some of which will surprise you and other gifts that have never been on display before.

Chartwell has ten acres of spectacular gardens, featuring many unusual plants. Some to watch out for is the amazing rainbow border; Victorian folly, mixed herbaceous borders and many water features. There is also an extensive rockery. Enjoy walking the in the gardens to build your appetite for a visit to the popular self-service restaurant which offers fresh produce from the Chartwell kitchen garden. There is a shop that stocks Churchill memorabilia and interesting local ranges. Free talks and tours are offered on selected days, as well as studio talks and children’s trails and activities.

Carol Attwell
Carol Attwell


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