National Trust builds Chartwell Treehouse

by Lauren Abbott

A tree-mendous autumn is promised at Sir Winston Churchill's Kent family home where a tree house has been built for younger visitors.

The Chartwell Treehouse can be found in woodland within the grounds of the former-statesman's home in Westerham.

It has been built over two levels and comes complete with a slide.

The new treehouse at Chartwell
The new treehouse at Chartwell

The National Trust, which is responsible for the running of the property that was the Churchill family home from 1922, says the former Prime Minister once surprised his children by building them an elaborate treehouse in the gardens of the home at Chartwell, which was also constructed over two stories and could only be reached if they climbed a rope.


Fast forward 90 years and the organisation, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, has built its own version of the Chartwell Treehouse to enable youngsters to play in the grounds in the way same way that the Churchills did.

The new tree house can be found beyond Chartwell's much-loved gardens, just past the bomb crater in woodland which is about a 30 minute walk from the house.

The Chartwell Treehouse
The Chartwell Treehouse

Other attractions also set to appeal to Chartwell's youngest and most energetic visitors include new swings in the Old Quarry, den building, natural play areas and the Canadian Camp within the woods.

Whilst the gardens, studio and estate are all freely open to visitors, the house at Chartwell is open on a timed entry system.

To learn more about this and visiting Chartwell click here.

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