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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