IGHTHAM MOTE & CREAM TEA AT CHARTWELL
WEDNESDAY 21st JULY
We commence our ‘double bill’ with a visit to an outstanding 14th-century moated manor house – Ightham Mote is like an island in time. When you cross the moat and enter its venerable walls, you feel like you leave behind the fears and fads of a modern world. Lose yourself in this romantic moated manor house, described by David Starkey as ‘one of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses’. Built nearly 700 years ago, this house has seen many changes and been owned by Medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians. Highlights include the picturesque courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling, Grade I listed dog kennel and the private apartments of Charles Henry Robinson, who gave Ightham Mote to the National Trust in 1985. The house is surrounded by peaceful gardens with an orchard, water features, lakes and woodland walks.
Our next port of call is the family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill. Chartwell was the much-loved Churchill family home from 1922 and the place from which Sir Winston drew inspiration until the end of his life. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman, writer, painter and family man. There is a new exhibition to give unique insight into the life of Churchill through 50 Objects. The hillside gardens reflect Sir Winston’s love of the landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, the kitchen garden and the Marycot, a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter Mary. To ensure our visitors get the best experience and to help protect the historic collection, entry to the house is on a timed ticket basis. Before departure, we invite you to enjoy a sumptuous Cream Tea to conclude a great National Trust double bill!
Ticket: Ad:: £59.75
CH:: £55.00. Includes Cream Tea. LESS £26.50 National Trust Membership (Please state membership when booking)
SPECIAL NOTE: The recommended visit time will be allowed at both venues