Exploring different National Trust places has been so enjoyable this Summer. I remember years ago thinking that National Trust houses and parks where for people like my parents, then my Dad/Stepmum took us to Sheffield Park 4 years ago and we fell in love.
So in May we explored Chartwell, about an hours drive from our house it is located in an area where there are 4 National Trust places close together, so you can explore more than one if you wish.
Chartwell was Winston Churchill’s main home as an adult, the 1924 home is able to be toured with the bottom floor being accessible to the disabled, we actually didn’t view the house this time as Deacon makes me a little nervous and it was such a lovely day we majorly explored outside.
The Hillside has some truly beautiful green areas, gardens and lakes, there is the most amazing large areas for children to run and enjoy wild flowers and doing what children do best – be free.
Up above the hillside is Woodlands with great accessible walks (as long as you are a little fit) suitable paths for wheelchairs/pushchairs. There are several natural play areas set up, including Dens, Tipees and plenty of trees to climb.
Chartwell provides children with a lovely trail guide, telling them the history of the gardens and giving them places to draw and write what they see. It also gives the opportunity to tick of several of the 50 Things To Do, Grayson climbing a tree and Addison Den Building.
By the lake there is a beautiful large green where so many families sat and enjoyed lunch, we ate, fed the ducks and Daddy even did roly poly’s with the kids (check the video out).
Our day finished off by walking through the Kitchen and beautiful walled gardens to a little treasure trove, Churchill built this amazing playhouse for his youngest daughter Mary and it still stands waiting to be enjoyed by all its little visitors. Honestly the kids would have stayed there for ages, Deacon swept, Addison cooked imaginary food for all that came through its doors. How I would love to give my children such a playhouse.
The great thing about Chartwell is there is something for all members of the family to enjoy, Ashley and I love taking photos of flowers and Chartwell did not disappoint. The house my Stepmum says has one of the most impressive Dining Rooms she has seen, so I know we shall be going back so one day I can see it for myself.
Come enjoy the fun with us in this short video. Do you visit National Trust properties ? If so what is your favourite ?
*We were provided with a day pass for purpose of this post