On February 8, 1917, Winston Churchill closed on Lullenden Manor for £5,500. A rambling Tudor house set in seventy-seven acres of Sussex farmland, Lullenden was really too grand for Churchill's needs — and for his purse — with nine bedrooms (including a 27-foot master bedroom) and a soaring, double-height, vaulted, timbered great hall lit by a wrought-iron electrolier. The date 1624 was cut into a massive oak support beam. The fireplace was eight feet wide and its iron fireback bore an even earlier date: 1582.
At Lullenden, Churchill painted. He dabbled with farming, purchasing a few pigs and cows. He planted cherry trees, magnolias, Japanese azaleas, and Britannia rhododendrons (one of Clementine's favorites). He savored his "little country seat...a place to end my days amid trees & upon grass of my own!"
Within two years, Churchill would sell Lullenden.
Its expense nearly overwhelmed him. An unexpected bequest then allowed him, almost two years later, to buy Chartwell, which fullfilled all of his fondest domestic fantasies.
We are so happy to be savoring our own domestic tranquility, still here in our original home in the Park Avenue Plaza building. We invite you to visit us soon. In lieu of pigs and cows, we have made some lively recent acquisitions, well worth seeing:
1. Signed Matched Portrait Photographs of Winston & Clementine Churchill. Each 4 x 7-inch bromide print is signed on their respective card mounts by their respective subjects. The photos are, together, matted in a linen-faced mat and beautifully framed in ornately ornamented black and gilt.
2. A Signed Original Press Agency Print of the Notable Life Magazine Photograph of Winston Churchill in his siren suit, seated at his desk at Chartwell, proof-reading the manuscript for his A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. The photograph is signed: "Winston S. Churchill 1953" across the lower right portion of the image and has been handsomely matted in multi-ply and framed in silver.
3. MY EARLY LIFE Presentation Copy Signed: "To Winston from Winston." A marvelously inscrutable inscription to Winston Guest, the son of Churchill's first cousin and former private secretary Frederick "Freddie" Guest.