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Charleston

Charleston Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL, England
+44 1323 811626
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a delightful visit

Had a fascinating wander round Vanessa and Clive Bell's delightful cottage - with all their art and... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2016
RosemaryL612
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London, United Kingdom
Fantastic and Interesting

Really enjoyed the whole experience, the house doesn't open until the afternoon, so arrived and had... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2016
Teresa2544
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Rye, United Kingdom
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Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury group. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style. Charleston is open from 1 March to 29 October, Wednesday to Sunday and BH Mondays. Please see our website for opening hours and to book ahead of your visit. During the winter months, the house museum is closed for its annual programme of conservation work.
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Charleston Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL, England
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Had a fascinating wander round Vanessa and Clive Bell's delightful cottage - with all their art and every nook and crany decorated by them. Well worth a trip back in history to think about their way of life, and the reason they came to live...More

Thank RosemaryL612
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Really enjoyed the whole experience, the house doesn't open until the afternoon, so arrived and had lunch, very nice and good value, then did the tour of the house. In hindsight it would have been better to arrive earlier and tour the gardens, etc, have...More

Thank Teresa2544
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Charleston Farmhouse gives you the feel of the Bloomsbury group better than any other place you can visit or book you can read. Full of great art, much of which was produced there, along with a jumble of other things, it has the feel of...More

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

I can't believe this gem has been on my doorstep and today is my first visit ever. The house in its self is charming and I fell totally in love with it but the house secrets are something else! I think it's almost best not...More

Thank Everycare
Reviewed 24 August 2016

This old farmhouse was the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.They took up residence in 1916 and for decades invited family members (Virginia Woolf) and talented friends to stay a Over the years they decorated every nook and cranny to their specific taste...More

Thank rpq1952
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Along with a great many other people I visited Charleston on a very hot day in August and was impressed how problems were being dealt with by the staff. Visitor numbers were overwhelming and many items on the menu had run out including bread to...More

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CharlestonTrust, Assistant Visitor Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Thank you very much for providing such comprehensive feedback about your recent visit to Charleston. I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thank you also for your constructive comments: we regularly review our activities at Charleston and are excited by the prospects...More

Reviewed 18 August 2016

At £12 + a head when you are a family of 6 this come too expensive to pay just for the access ! This is a pity because it is a very nice place to stop on the way to Eastbourn but became a luxury...More

Thank Pierre-Loup-DeCam
CharlestonTrust, Assistant Visitor Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Thank you very much for your feedback. I am sorry to hear you felt Charleston was too expensive for your family of six. For the benefit of those considering visiting Charleston, I would like to ensure visitors are aware we offer a range of tickets...More

Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

I had heard about the Bloomsbury set but I didn't know much about them. A very nice day out. I learnt lots.

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 13 August 2016

I have visited this rambling old farmhouse at least 4 times now, and each time, learn something new about this fascinating house, and the privileged family who rented it for over 60 years. Whatever you might think of the 'Bloomsbury Set' they came and went...More

Thank vicky p
Reviewed 10 August 2016

As an artist it is perhaps to my detriment that I was not overly familiar with the Bloomsbury Group. I found the visit to Charleston House both educational but also eye-opening with respect to the dynamics involved in this group of people - especially giving...More

Thank Andy H
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Joan B
29 August 2016|
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Response from angelafarrance | Reviewed this property |
I think there is a bus which runs along the main a27 road and then it's a walk to Charleston from there of about 15 minutes I would say.
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Elizabeth V
24 July 2016|
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Response from CharlestonTrust | Property representative |
Dear Elizabeth, Thank you very much for your question - we would be very happy to welcome you to Charleston. Trains run from London Victoria to Lewes at regular intervals. Please look at the National Rail Enquiries... More
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Robyn S
30 May 2016|
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Dear Robyn, Thanks for your question. Trains go from London Victoria to Lewes and take around 75 minutes. From Lewes you can get a bus to Charleston, but the timetable is quite infrequent so we recommend checking in... More
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