Famed for being the family home of Sir Winston Churchill, there has been a residence on this spot for many centuries. In fact, it is rumoured that Henry VIII stayed here during his pursuit of Anne Boleyn. Chartwell was purchased by Sir Winston in 1922 from Archibald John Campbell Colquhoun for the princely sum of £5,000.
The National Trust now present the house as a shrine to Sir Winston, but it is interesting nonetheless. The expansive grounds and garden are a joy to wander, especially for me the fruit and vegetable plots. One of the outbuildings hosts an exhibition of the 'big man's' love of painting. Be warned, Chartwell gets busy, claustrophobic at times.