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The house and gardens at Chartwell Manor in Kent were an inspiration to Winston Churchill in many ways. He purchased the house for Clementine and their family in 1922, having fallen in love with the view, and set about turning it into an idyllic country retreat, working with architect Philip Tilden on renovating and redesigning the house and gardens.

Churchill discovered a hands-on love of the land: building a fish pond, a rose garden, learning bricklaying, and experimenting with breeding pigs and chickens. He designed an artist’s studio inside one of the garden cottages and many of the 500 paintings he produced are on display there today. The tranquillity he found here (and time out of political office) allowed him to focus on his literary career; some of his massive works such as the biography of Marlborough were completed in his study at Chartwell. The gracious, light-filled rooms were also perfect for welcoming guests, and the house became a celebrated political think-tank during the 1920s and '30s.  An example of one English icon inspiring another?

To read about Churchill and the V-sign, click here. 

Photo: Chartwell; © NTPL/Ian Shaw www.nationaltrust.org.uk 01798 342207

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It is said that when Churchill doubted his ability to lead his country through World War Two, he looked to the beautiful English countryside around Chartwell. Then he knew it was worth the fight.

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