was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until his death in 1965. The rooms are kept as they were during his lifetime and offer an insight into both his domestic and political life. Photographs, books and personal possessions, including his famous cigars, evoke his career, personality and family. Museum and exhibition rooms contain displays, sound recordings and collections of memorabilia. Many of Sir Winston´s own paintings are on view in his studio. Many features created by Sir Winston survive in the garden including the walls he built himself and the lakes and ponds stocked with golden orfe. The house is now run by national trust. The house is situated 2 miles south of Westerham in Kent off the B2026 road. The Chart Well which rises on the western boundary of the site fed the existing lake and gave the estate its name.
Squerryes Court is a beautiful 17th century manor house which has been the Warde family home since 1731. It is surrounded by 20 acres of attractive and historic gardens which include a lake, restored parterres and an 18th century dovecote. Squerryes is 22 miles from London and easily accessible from the M25. Chartwell, Hever, Knole and Penshurst are all nearby. There are lovely views and peaceful surroundings. Visitors from far and wide come to enjoy the atmosphere of a house which is still lived in as a family home.
Charts Edge Gardens have been featured on T.V. and also in The Good Gardens Guide. The 10 acre gardens are spectacular with many varieties and unusual plants. Features include: An innovative rainbow border flanking the rill garden, Magnificent displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias and Magnolias, Victorian Folly, The terraced water garden and cascades, Large mixed and herbaceous borders, Sculpture trail, Bog garden, exotic garden and rock garden with over 150 varieties
Beaver Water World, Waylands Farm, Tatsfield. The Reptile collection at Beaver Water World started in 1980 with a small Indian Python, rescued by a local pest control officer. 'Rivet' the Python, soon grew out of his small vivarium and was also found a mate. It was decided that a large snake room should be built at the back of the aquatic shop to provide a good environment for the snakes and have them on show to the visitors. One rescued snake led to another and in due course Big Boy the alligator came to join the collection.
New enclosures and new species have been added ever since, with particular emphasis on housing the animals in groups or pairs to encourage an active breeding programme.
Both Airport Quarantine and the R.S.P.C.A. have brought many animals to Beaver Water World to be cared for, and they often refer people to Beaver Water World for advice.
They are working to extend their captive breeding programme, and have plans in hand to create near natural conditions in peaceful and secure settings. So far they have been successful in breeding Burmese Pythons, Reticulated Pythons, Crocodiles, Boa Constrictors, Green Tree Snakes and Basilisks.
The Reptile Rescue Centre is a Registered Charity and visitors’ support is greatly appreciated. All admission fees and donations go towards the upkeep and welfare of the animals.
Taking some exercise
Part of the Altonwood Golf Group with Surrey National, Woldingham and Godstone Golf Clubs, Westerham Golf Club was born out of the great storm of 1987, which created an ideal site for a golf course and was opened in May 1997. The course consists of 18 holes set in mature woodland, with tree-lined fairways, water features and stunning views over the North Downs. The 6,272 yards, par 72 course has been built to a very high standard, with USGA specification greens and irrigation installed on the greens, tees and approaches. The course is complimented by a superb clubhouse, which holds first class facilities including a large spike bar, sun terrace, comfortable changing rooms, Pro shop and air-conditioned function suite. In addition the facilities include a 10-acre driving range, putting green, indoor teaching area and a brand new 8 acre short game area. Visit www.westerhamgc.co.uk.
There is also Park Wood Golf Club – check them out at www.parkwoodgolf.co.uk.
Alternatively try the fitness club at MoorEnergy on Fullers Hill Tel: 01959 561622.
S&P Taxis Tel: 01959 563993
Streaky Cars Tel: 01959 570000
Arvee Tel: 01959 562091
The Winterton Surgery is in Market Square (Tel: 01959 564949) and Westerham Dental Practice is on Vicarage Hill (Tel: 01959 563629).
Disclaimer: The information in this Tourist Guide has been researched from a variety of sources including books, articles and online information. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information the reader should check any specific facts for themselves before making any decisions based upon the said information.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015