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“An excellent family house to visit.”
Review of Charleston

Charleston
Ranked #4 of 43 things to do in Lewes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Charleston is a House, Garden and art gallery located in the South Downs National Park. Charleston also has a new restaurant, The Threshing Barn, located in a newly restored 18th century barn. OPENING TIMES The Galleries, Garden and Threshing Barn Weds-Sunday 10am-5pm. House 1 March - 31 October Weds-Sunday 11:30am-5pm Sunday & BH 12-5pm 1 November - 28 February Weds-Sunday 11:30am-3pm. 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. Current Exhibitions Orlando at the present time Zanele Muholi: Faces & Phases Famous Women Dinner Service
Reviewed 1 April 2015

We visited on a very wet and windy March weekend. They are building a new car park but the old one was fine - dry under foot and sheltered by trees. Tickets are purchased in the shop and an entry time is given, but once in you are not hurried through and we were in the house for well over 75mins. Before going into the house, try to see the video in the shop as it puts so much into context. The house is lovely; it feels like a family home that has never been vacated, not fussy or stuffy, with lots of artefacts that are wonderfully described by the staff in each room and the staff are very engaging and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we did not walk in the garden as the weather was so foul, but it looks well cared for (we shall be back later in the year to see outside especially around the pond). The café was excellent with home made food and staff are very friendly and obliging. The shop is across the driveway from the house, selling beautiful artisan pottery (expensive but worth it) and fabrics both of which pick up the designs in the house, and books etc. We thoroughly recommend Charleston Farmhouse, especially if you are interested in Arts & Crafts or the period between the wars, or for just a pleasant few hours out in the glorious Sussex countryside.

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Reviewed 25 March 2015

Probably best if you know something of the Bloomsbury set and Virginia Woolf before you go but not essential. You will soon learn.
I made the mistake of thinking it might be National Trust. It is not but a trust in its own right so NT card will not apply.
The art is superb here and so too is the garden.

1  Thank Bryn G
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CharlestonTrust, Assistant Visitor Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2015

Thank you for reviewing Charleston! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit.

You are absolutely right, Charleston guided tours are packed full of information and our knowledgeable guides are always happy to answer questions and engage in dialogue. If you don’t know anything about Charleston or the Bloomsbury group, it is still possible to enjoy the experience, make discoveries and be inspired.

The Charleston Trust is a small independent charity and does not receive government funding. We are not affiliated with the National Trust and therefore can not except National Trust cards. We do offer admission waivers to Friends of Charleston and Art Fund members (presentation of membership is required). We also offer concessions for students and visitors who arrive by means other than car (by public transport, on foot or by bicycle).

Many thanks for your support and we hope to see you back at Charleston in the near future.

Yours Sincerely,
Leah Romaniello
Assistant Visitor Manager

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Reviewed 1 March 2015

For anyone with an interest in the Bloomsbury Group, and the Omega Workshop, or in the work of painter Vanessa Bell and her sister the writer Virginia Woolf, a visit to Charleston, in East Sussex is a must. Be sure to book ahead to take the hour-long tour of the House, where every surface of every room was embellished by the group of artists who lived there, from 1916 until 1973. The rotating cast of Serious Characters who frequented Charleston is mind boggling: Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Maynard Keynes, Lytton Strachey. This was a Soap-Opera-Writ-Large: a hothouse of complex, and ever-shifting emotional alliances, where the level of creative accomplishment was turbo-charged and world-class. After the enlightening (but exhausting) House Tour, decompress in the lovely little garden!

Thank Nan Q
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CharlestonTrust, Assistant Visitor Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2015

Thank you for your lovely review of Charleston.

Our guided tours are indeed packed with an abundance of fascinating Bloomsbury stories, full of love, lust, art and intellect. From details about artworks and objects in each room, to the complex web of Bloomsbury friendships, relationships and love affairs, sometimes it does take a gentle pause in our beautiful walled garden to fully comprehend.

We hope to see you back at Charleston for another dose of ‘turbo charged’ creativity.

Yours sincerely,
Leah Romaniello
Assistant Visitor Manager

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Reviewed 15 December 2014

The tour of the house was great, very interesting and tour guide brilliant, however three times I have arranged to meet friends in the cafe after checking times and days online it was closed, after having driven miles it was a great disappointment and ended up having to drive elsewhere, on the fourth trip we were in luck but the only things available were cake or scones, the cafe was cold and disorganised, such a shame as they could do such a good trade in such a prime location

1  Thank sara a
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Reviewed 1 December 2014

I love this place,it is like travelling back in time and has a wonderful atmosphere.Good tea room too!

Thank Sally p
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