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Charleston

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I felt part of the Bloomsbury history

It was amazing to spend time in the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant knowing how many... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
Kate F
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
A hidden gem - well worth visiting

Down a narrow lane, you arrive at the farm. You know you are in the countryside by the smells and... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
Ian C
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London, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Charleston Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We paid £5 per head to be admitted to the frost fair. We would have happily given this money to charity but paying to walk round over priced stalls was disappointing.

Date of experience: November 2018
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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, thank you for your feedback. If you'd like to email me I can happily explain why we had the entry fee. Very best, Chloe c.westwood@charleston.org.uk

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not very friendly staff , after paying £12.50 and being escorted into the house we were told we would only see the ground floor and that the contents of the house was already being packed away for the winter . I feel we should have...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Susan Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear you didn't have the best experience of Charleston. We take comments extremely seriously so we will be looking into your points. If you'd like to discuss anything further please do contact our Head of...More

Reviewed October 28, 2018

It was amazing to spend time in the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant knowing how many other famous people had stayed there as well. We went on a Sunday when there were no guided tours but a guide in every room. Some...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback. We'll note your comment about the listings for each room. Many thanks again, Chloe

Reviewed October 27, 2018

Down a narrow lane, you arrive at the farm. You know you are in the countryside by the smells and sounds of farm activity: it is not an air-conditioning unit that you hear but a milking machine. The farm buildings around the farmhouse, Charleston, have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ian C
CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Thank you so much for your review. We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit. Best Chloe

Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Fabulous breathtaking farmhouse, gardens and exhibits inside the farmhouse, a real insight to the artists and members of the Bloomsbury group. They would I am certain be horrified by the sterile modern additions, the white concrete paths, surrounded by roadbase material, the barren timber clad...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Thank you for your feedback, Tim. With regards to the courtyard - this is just a temporary surface for the winter months. We are currently fundraising to have the landscaping completed early next year. We appreciate your feedback about the other areas too. Please do...More

Reviewed October 14, 2018

What's not to love about this piece of social and cultural history? Visit in Spring when the garden is in full bloom and you will be stunned. To see the painted interiors of the house takes you straight back to the times Vanessa Bell, Duncan...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Thanks so much for your comments. Chloe

Reviewed October 14, 2018

I wanted to come home and redecorate my house from top to toe, This is so interesting and the guide really knew their stuff.

Date of experience: November 2017
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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Brilliant! Thanks for your feedback. Chloe

Reviewed October 13, 2018

I arrived early and had coffee £5+ for half a cup of coffee and cake not bad but primitive cafe and very unsmiley, unwelcoming staff. Well it was early! Lots of official looking women rushing around but not at all engaging with their supporting customers....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Hi there Thanks for your feedback. We really value all of your comments. Very best Chloe

Reviewed October 9, 2018

Visited with a friend and thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at Charleston. It is excellently run by lovely, informative people who enjoy their historical subject - the Bloomsbury Group. Would highly recommend the guided tour of the house which gives real insight into the unusual comings...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. Best Chloe

Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

A visit to Charleston was the main reason for a couple of days in Sussex with some likeminded friends. If you are considering visiting Charleston you will already know that this small Sussex house was once the home of the artist Vanessa Bell, her husband...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. Very best Chloe

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Joan B
August 29, 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
July 24, 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
May 30, 2016|
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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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