Near the entrance to the gardens is the swimming pool – originally heated – and the Gavin Jones Waterfall. Clementine Churchill saw the feature at the 1948 Chelsea Flower Show and admired it so much that the designer, Gavin Jones, gave it to her.
The Golden Orfe ponds are at the top of the waterfall and are filled with exotic fish bought by Churchill from Harrods.
The Rose Garden was designed by Clementine Churchill and her friend and cousin Venetia Montagu. It has been restored by the Trust.
Don’t miss the Walled Garden. Filled with fruit, vegetables, cut flowers, roses and chickens. Churchill was a keen bricklayer and there’s a plaque on one of the walls which says: ‘The greater part of this wall was built between the years 1925 a& 1932 by Winston with his own hands’.
Painting was one of Churchill’s many hobbies and you can see inside his studio in the Orchard.
Walk around the lake or sit on the Terrace Lawn and enjoy the views over the Kent countryside.
National Trust members visit for free.