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Charleston Farmhouse

Firle Near Lewes East Sussex BN8 6LL 01323 811 626

We say

In 1916, while war raged in Europe, the post-impressionist artist Duncan Grant, a conscientious objector, moved to this calm corner of Sussex to run a fruit farm with his partner, Bunny Garnett. With them came painter, designer and fellow Bloomsbury Group member, Vanessa Bell, who later gave birth to Grant's child. Charleston Farmhouse, the downland house and garden that Grant ended up renting for over 60 years, was not just a home: Grant and Bell saw it as a canvas for their work, a meeting place for their artistic and literary friends and a backdrop for an experimental way of life in which relationships were fluid and intertwined. The art critic Clive Bell, Vanessa's estranged husband, and Virginia Woolf, her sister, stayed for long periods. The house is now a museum in which Grant and Bell's earthy, free-flowing decorative touches are immaculately preserved: walls, doors and furnishings are embellished with paint and mantelpieces are crammed with lovingly collected objects. Well-informed guides lead tours of the living rooms, bedrooms and studio, and a regular programme of workshops, readings and talks keep the house's creative connections aflame.

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

A wonderful extravaganza of art and interior design ★★★★★

The whole house is crammed with art and design from 100 years ago right up until the Trust took over the house in the 1980's. 2016 is the centenary of the Bloomsbury group moving to the house and as such there are many wonderful centenary events and special things going on. The room guides are incredibly knowlegable and bring the house to life with their information. A place not to miss.

Charleston Farmhouse reviewed by on May 8th, 2016

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Adults £9.95 


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Getting There


Wed–Sat 1pm–6pm (Jul–Aug 12 noon–6pm) by guided tour (last tour 5pm)Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays: 1pm–5.30pm by timed ticket (last entry 4.30pm)

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