Possibly visiting Churchill's Chartwell Home in May 2017. Has anyone visited there and if so best, least expensive, best way to get there?
I visit regularly, as I live 15 miles away and I always drive there!
Where will you be travelling to and from? If central London, there isn't any easy way to get there. It's a train to Oxted or Sevenoaks then a taxi for the last 6 miles. Edenbridge station is closer, but it doesn't have a taxi rank.
Trains are cheapest after 10 am. There aren't any cheap advance tickets on this line.
Chartwell obviously has a very famous former inhabitant, but the house itself isn't the most interesting that the NT own. May should be a good time for the flag iris in the gardens.
I went to Chartwell 3/4 years ago as part of the day on one of the London Walks day trips. We went there after lunch (LW pre-arranged coach from Tunbridge Wells) and had a bit less than 3 hours there, which included a pre-timed entry to the house. I would have liked a bit more time overall for the house and gardens. I really enjoyed it and thought it was well worth it.
I was lucky enough to have friends take me in their car. The highlight for me was nearby Hever Castle (my choice), "ancestral" home of the Boleyns, where Anne grew up. A millionaire bought it some years ago and had it restored to its medieval glory, including the gardens.
Jennifer, what station from London can we catch the train to Chartwell?
Leaving from London Charing Cross (45 minutes trip) to Sevenoaks, then a taxi to Chartwell (6 miles).
Could also leave from London Victoria (38 minutes trip) to Oxted, then a taxi to Chartwell (6 miles).
Gorgeous rose garden at Chartwell, as there is at nearby Hever Castle.