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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Charleston

Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in Lewes
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Owner description: 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 in 2014 from Wednesday 26 March - Sunday 2 November. During the winter months, the house museum is closed for its annual programme of conservation work.The house museum is open to the public Wednesdays - Sundays at these times:Wednesday - Saturday: 1pm - 6pm, last entry 5pm (12 noon - 6pm July - September). Entry is by timed guided tour in small groups.Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays: 1pm - 5.30pm, last entry 4.30pm. Entry is timed but free-flow; visit the house at your own pace. (N.B. during the Charleston Festival, entry to the house on these days will be by guided tour only.)Charleston welcomes group bookings outside of its public opening hours, Wednesday - Saturday. Please see our website for more details.
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2012

Set in beautiful countryside, a flower smothered house with ample parking. Outside is a small lakesprinkled with lillies and if you look you will see a bronze of a woman lying by the lake with her hair streaming down. Walk around the lake and gardens for a really peaceful experience. Inside the house are rooms where the Bloomsbury Set lived and made everything themselves, from the mosaics in the garden to the painted furniture and fabrics inside the house. Charleston is packed with history and intrique which the volunteer guides are happy to talk about as you roam from room to room. Theres a tea room as well, but the best part for me is the souvenier shop! There you can buy beautiful pottery, felt hats, scarves, jewellery, books and all manner of gorgeous things all in the style of the time and remeniscent of the Omega Workshops a long gone shop in Chelsea started by Roger Fry in order to bring their art to the wider public. I have been to Charleston many, many times and never tire of it.

Visited September 2011
Thank Carrie J
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“Gorgeous house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

I love Charleston Farmhouse and always have - it's such an inspiring place where you feel as though you are surrounded by the shadows of some amazingly creative, brave and innovative people.

Visited August 2012
Thank Katie B
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“The Bloomsberries go mad in Sussex”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2012

This is a near perfect restoration/preservation of the farmhouse lived in by the Bloomsbury set. A wonderful chance to see their artistic ideas in the context of their own living space. The place is enchanting, the guides jolly and informative, visitor numbers carefully managed and the cafe delightful although some of the staff were a little out to lunch themselves! It helps if you know a little bit about the Bloomsbury set, but if it is new to you it will surely inspire you to find out more. An excellent collection very well curated.

Visited August 2012
Thank TrilbyWestCountry
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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“Bloomsbury in Sussex”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

A relaxed one hour tour of what outwardly seems simply a charming turn of the Century farmhouse is actually something very much more and in the hands of an informative guide the visit leaves you with a much greater understanding of the 'Bohemian' life style of this disparate set of writers, artists, philosophers collectively known as the 'Bloomsbury Set'

Each room is a work of art and a delightful insight into a beguiling past.

Take in the unique murals in the amazing Berwick Church ( three miles away) andy don't overlook The Monk's House in Rodmell, with equate little rooms and wonderful gardens, which was the home of Virginia & Leonard Woolf in the 1920s, and is wonderfully atmospheric , too.

Visited August 2012
Thank MarkSurridge
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“amazing guides”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

The guides had so much knowledge that every room they could tell us more.Could not believe that the house was in such good condition.

Visited July 2012
Thank sunloverSussex
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