“A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted.”
– Sir Winston Churchill
Last Wednesday the Kilburn Good Neighbours gang piled into a coach bound for Kent. We were off to visit National Trust Property and former home of Winston Churchill, Chartwell House and Gardens. It was a perfectly crisp autumn day and everyone was overjoyed to be heading to the countryside.
First port of call was a sit down, cup of tea and some refreshments. Nothing beats a National Trust tea room! Except maybe the homemade samosas brought along by the ladies below…
Fully reenergised, many opted for a potter in the grounds before we went to our talk in the studio at 12.30. The gardens are eye-poppingly gorgeous, with babbling brooks, secret hideouts and shimmering ponds in abundance.
It really is a powerful thing to be able to get out of the city. Everyone felt refreshed and relaxed. And when all that walking got to be too much, there were plenty of benches available for a perch. Some of which Churchill himself must have used as painting stations!
We were then treated to a very informative talk by one of the guides in Churchill’s painting studio (fully equipped with Churchill’s tumbler of whisky which he would sip while painting!) Sir Winston was a man of many talents and his many oil paintings were beautiful to behold (sadly couldn’t take any pics in there) – I resisted the temptation to swipe one and hang it in my bedroom! Here he is looking stern with his wife, Clementine:
Next it was time for us to explore the house itself, including the basement kitchen, library, and bathroom! The house is gorgeous, but not as decorated/fancy as many stately homes. You can tell that the family actually lived there.
After another cuppa and obligatory visit to the giftshop (some deciding that it definitely wasn’t too early for a bit of Christmas shopping), we headed back to Kilburn. Lots of people were keen to reserve their place on the next trip! (Christmas shopping trip to Milton Keynes on the 9th December)
Thanks to Goldsmith’s Company for making this trip possible. Here are some quotes from happy trip attendees below:
“Wonderful experience to visit Churchill’s home at Chartwell. Could we have more trips please?”
“Thank you for the lovely day – enjoyed it very much – beautiful gardens and house”
“Lovely day out – and lots of historic interest. Thank you”
“Great day at Chartwell. Thanks to all those who made it possible”
“Thank you! So this is a really enjoyable day – wishing not to end the day”
“A very lovely day, lovely company, very nice gardens and house full of history. Also the weather was nice. All in all an excellent day”