Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine bought Chartwell in 1922 and they used it as their main family home until the mid fifties. Now the estate is maintained by the National Trust.
With grey clouds above and the threat of rain imminent, we wandered through the gardens. The wisteria in the walled garden was so pretty, I would love to grow it someday. The golden rose walk - a golden anniversary present from their children - was beautiful and the scent was divine. I really love the idea of using several variations of one colour within a border. I'm collecting so many ideas from these gardens we visit, I hope I remember them all!
As the rain fell, we dived first into the house and then Churchill's painting studio. The studio was quite something, with huge floor to ceiling windows and paintings hung in every spare inch of space. As we walked back through the gardens towards the cafe, we found a pair of Canada geese, closely followed by their adorable goslings... so sweet!