Whether you have an interest in the Bloomsbury set or not, to visit Vanessa Bell's house is an inspiration. The artwork is naive and evocative of a freedom of spirit. Tours inside the house last approx. one hour. The guide was very well informed and readily answered any questions; her love of and interest in both the house and its previous residents was palpable. (The entrance fee is a little costly but as this is a fully charity based concern understandable).
The staff in the gift shop were also helpful, however the stock was rather expensive with only a few articles priced to suit the less affluent visitor!
Being May the garden was not in full bloom but it was already showing promise of what is to come.
Mention must be made of the small restaurant, again not particularly cheap but the food was outstanding. Not being able to decide upon what to have my sister and I asked for two different items to share - this was no problem and was beautifully served - a home made soup and stilton and leek tartlets. A feast for the eyes as well as the taste-buds.
Would def. visit again: would like to see it in summer.
(Not really appropriate for young children)
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