This weekend I journeyed down to ‘The Garden of England’, Kent. My first stop was Chiddingstone village. Named after the nearby stone, which was used for judgement (i.e. chiding) it is thought to be “the most perfect surviving example of a Tudor village in the county”.
The neighbouring castle is still privately owned, however, all the buildings on the single street are owned by the National Trust.
The other side of the street homes the local church. An impressive structure it seems too big for the tiny village.
Just a short drive away is Chartwell, also a National Trust owned house. It is what I envision a Country residence to be with its sweeping views over the Weald of Kent, its traditionally landscaped grounds and beautifully kept formal gardens.
I didn’t jon the tour of the house. An outbuilding (covered in ivy above) has been repurposed to house much of the artwork of Chartwell’s most famous resident, Winston Churchill. It was originally his studio.
The hills facing the house encompass a woodland walk. I have been chasing bluebells all spring and was pleased to take this walk and discovered a beautiful carpet of blue (albeit passed their best).
I finished my list with a walk round the formal gardens, these were beautifully painted and I imagine an incredibly peaceful setting for Churchill to spend his retirement.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed!