Chilham Castle

There has been a castle at the site of Chilham, on the edge of a wood, in the heart of Kent, for over eight centuries; perhaps thirteen or more.

It has changed hands many times, having been home to a host of colourful and sometimes eccentric families.

Held from time to time by Kings of England,it was also once occupied, briefly, by the heir to the French throne on his way to invade London (he wasn’t successful).

The house that was built in 1616 on the site of the ancient castle, and bears its name, has since 2002 been the home of Stuart and Tessa Wheeler.


Chilham Castle is a private home, lived in by the Wheeler family. We love to share the house and garden for events large and small.

The unique selling point of Chilham Castle is that clients have the freedom to plan their own bespoke occasion, from weddings to business meetings and beyond. We will happily consider all sorts of ideas, no matter how unconventional. Click here to find out more.

The garden is frequently open to the public and private tours of both house and garden may be arranged by appointment. Click here to find out more.

Click here to find out more about the history of Chilham Castle and its restoration.