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Charleston

Charleston Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL, England
+44 1323 811626
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A wonderful day out for those interested in the Bloomsbury group. Worth reading up about them... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rod Y
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London, United Kingdom
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Excellent experience

I haven’t been for many years and found it worth revisiting. It’s not a cheap entry but is worth... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
jimmibean
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England
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
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Charleston Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL, England
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"vanessa bell and duncan grant"
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"bloomsbury group"
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"bloomsbury set"
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"guided tour"
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"literary festival"
in 6 reviews
"house tour"
in 12 reviews
"berwick church"
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"maynard keynes"
in 13 reviews
"painted walls"
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"fascinating house"
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"art history"
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"et al"
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"informative guide"
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"walled garden"
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"virginia woolf"
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"own pace"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A wonderful day out for those interested in the Bloomsbury group. Worth reading up about them before visiting, if you don’t know much about the group. Wonderful garden, with large pond where the fish show themselves!

Thank Rod Y
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I haven’t been for many years and found it worth revisiting. It’s not a cheap entry but is worth every penny as the garden is beautiful and we had an excellent personal guided tour. The tea rooms served quality food at a reasonable price. A...More

Thank jimmibean
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in Lewes for a day last year and visited Charleston. I was afraid it wouldn't be as good the second time around. However, I was mistaken. Last year I visited on a Sunday, when there are no guided tours. I thoroughly enjoyed the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Charleston is a museum preserving the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. These were the core of the Bloomsbury Group of artists and artisans of the twentieth century. Their pacifist nature led to Duncan’s banishment to the country during the First World War...More

Thank beardedchemist
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Haven't visited the house but have had a great welcome in the tea rooms on several occasions with my walkers! Great place to stop. Amazing soups and cakes! Great coffee!!

Thank Halina N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The literary festival was on (end of May 2018), so there were many extra tents for the events and made my first visit very special indeed. The weather was classic 'English' early summer and presented Charleston in the full glory. The tour of the house...More

1  Thank brendan_cush
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a lovely combination of garden and house and history and art. The garden is intimate and beautiful, with small statues and water features, and the little cafe next door worth a visit for a coffee and a brownie. The house is accessible only...More

Thank Lissel A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have long wanted to visit Charleston having read many books on the Bloomsbury group. Timed our visit to also attend part of the festival. The house tour was informative and fascinating but we found the guide rather pushed for time and therefore a bit abrupt,...More

1  Thank Saraki
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful house and gardens. Charleston Festival is a yearly trip for me. Fantastic setting, intellectually stimulating, good food and nice people.

Thank NickandNell
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful calm, peaceful and magical place. Great guided tour in small groups. Excellent home cooked food in the cafe, what more can you ask for!

1  Thank Scottiedog2014
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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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Response from CharlestonTrust | Property representative |
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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