A stroll around Chartwell

I thought I would show willing for Jo’s Monday walk today….not much of a walk, just a little perambulation, but hey! I didn’t get a map of the place so this is all guess work, invention and incomplete, but do we care?

You set out from the Visitor Centre, and the garden slopes away in front of you. Extensive lawns to your left, and views across the Weald ahead of you, on a clear day.,.which it wasn’t, as it was decidedly mizzly and dull on the day we went, as you can see from this image I took from inside the house:

The winding path from the Visitor Centre eventually brings you below the lake, and there is a nice view here:

Then we come to walled garden, with abundant planting

Beside it is what I believe was originally Lady Churchill’s Rose Garden

Step closer, and you can see the house in front of you.

and at this time of year there is a lovely Chinese Wisteria, full of scent:

…never know what these are

Looking further over towards the house, I spied a door in the wall, behind the Ox- eye daisies at the top of the steps

..back down the steps, and out of the Rose Garden

A little further along and we come to the terrace in front of the house, with good views on a fine day, but no images today. There is a nice sitting area under a sort of colonnaded bit, and I liked this little window

Oh, and somehow I have missed the kitchen garden (no images), but leaving that area, you get a good view back towards the fruit trees:

After this, we went into the house (no images)

Linked to Jo’s Monday walk here


  1. Lovely stroll in a place I still haven’t managed to visit. The flowers you never know are wallflowers or Erysimum and I believe the ox-eye daisy is in fact Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana (Chamomile) – the leaves give it away and I have some cascading over the edges of my little walls. Still a daisy is a daisy and easily confused. 😀

  2. Love all those doorway shots – leading us onwards. That shot of wisteria looks like mine at Arley (great minds etc). The unknown plant is a wall flower on the fade.

  3. Bless you, darlin’, I enjoyed that. 🙂 🙂 Funnily enough, having just told Jude I was stopping home today,we popped out to the Wynyard Estate, very near us, and they had lovely alliums and a wisteria in full flow too. We’ve got Jude’s sea fret and I’m less than impressed, but just a short way inland it’s much better. I love views from windows and through doors, Sue, and this ticks all of my boxes very nicely indeed.

  4. That was a very nice tour indeed, Sue. I do love a walled garden. Wished I had one! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. What a pretty garden! I love the wisteria and your photos of the Ox-eye daisies.

    • Sue

      Thank you, Cathy! When I have some tie, I will have a think about doing a post to link to one of your themes

      • Whenever you have time, please do! I’m just now getting settled in after my 25 day trip. That three-day drive across country really was tough on me; it has taken me a couple of days to recover from that! It was great fun though – the trip, not the drive back across country!

      • Sue

        I need to search out the list of your themes…..h ave it somewhere

  6. Doors and arches – lovely shots. Lovely.

  7. Pat

    I love going along on your strolls, Sue. Only wish I could do it by your side instead of through your lens. Beautiful images that give me a sense of the place.

  8. what a beautiful place….love all the flowers too.

  9. Loved the ramble through this old historic garden, wisteria, roses, walled garden views through archways and doors, who needs a map…

  10. Suzanne

    What a lovely place to take a stroll. So many delightful spring flowers.

  11. One of the places we have visited since moving South – nice gallery of images, Sue. I struggled to get inspired with Chartwell, maybe it was the time of year. We will certainly re-visit.

  12. Pingback: Jo’s Monday walk : An adventure with Gilly | restlessjo

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