Winston Churchill purchased Chartwell in 1922 and lived here for nearly 40 years. It commands magnificent views over the Weald of Kent to Sussex. The rooms and gardens remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books, maps and personal mementos strongly evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of this great statesman. The terraced hillside gardens reflect the importance to Churchill of the landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, the water gardens where he fed his fish, Lady Churchill’s Rose Garden and the Golden Rose Avenue.
Hever Castle dates back to 1270. It was the Boleyn family home, visited by King Henry VIII whilst pursuing Mary and then courting her sister Anne – the historical importance of Hever needs no explanation. There are also wonderful gardens and water features.