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Charleston

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Fascinating window into the Bloombsbury set

You can really lose yourself in this place. It captures the imagination so beautifully that you can... read more

Reviewed yesterday
somerset_writer
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Somerset, United Kingdom
Time travelling old and new horizons.

How lucky I was to visit on the opening weekend of the new galleries in the old barns and was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
vivendumuk
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Brighton, 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 yesterday

You can really lose yourself in this place. It captures the imagination so beautifully that you can almost feel the Bloomsbury set there about to have tea and discuss philosophy, or literature, or art, or pick up a paintbrush! For anyone with an artistic bent...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

How lucky I was to visit on the opening weekend of the new galleries in the old barns and was delighted with everything. Charleston farmhouse remains as delightful as ever, a tribute and homage to the Bloomsbury group in the country and the country home...More

Thank vivendumuk
CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much. We're thrilled you like the new barns and galleries.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Charleston for the second time whilst on holiday in Sussex. Last time it was a wet day and I still loved every minute. This time, the sun shone and it was spectacular. I’ll take you through a visit... First- there’s something odd about...More

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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your review. We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit and tour with Penny. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a real hotspot of UK cultural history. Contrary to my normal instincts, I'm glad now that I went on a day when you have to have a guide rather than visit on your own. She had a comprehensive knowledge of the house and its...More

1  Thank gleaves122
CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much. It is wonderful to visit Berwick Church too.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Experiencing Charleston Farmhouse is a bit like being on a stage set for Alice in Wonderland. The house and its contents reflect the exuberant and bohemian tastes and interests of its owners/occupants, members of the Bloomsbury Group, during a time of uninhibited creativity and eccentricity...More

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CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Twee museum house for those with a special interest in the Bloomsbury Set - otherwise a bit of a trek out of London for not very much. We had to take a guided tour and whilst the guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the rooms,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating house, but for all the wrong reasons. We had a very knowledgeable guide (who, when I asked a question, told me off for not concentrating!) who managed to avoid any mention of the real reason the Bloomsbury group were so famous. Instead she concentrated...More

Thank Linda Z
CharlestonTrust, Operations and Visitor Experience Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for visiting Charleston and providing your review. Charleston is the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, two of the most important British artists of the twentieth century. Charleston became a 'canvas' for their creative output, and as such, our Guides...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our two young children ages 2 and 4 and had a guided tour. We found the tour fascinating and enthralling BUT seems silly you cannot take photos. Our guide told us they would like more visitors - surely photographs posted by visitors...More

Thank Louise S
CharlestonTrust, Operations and Visitor Experience Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Louise, Thank you very much for visiting Charleston with your family. It's wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed the tour with your children. Our photography guidelines are because we are lucky enough to have a number of key pieces on long term loan...More

Reviewed August 16, 2018

If you like clutter, strange décor and dubious art, then this is the place for you. These artists and their work would never have been noted in normal circumstances, but because of their connections they have gained fame. The pottery in particular, I have seen...More

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CharlestonTrust, Operations and Visitor Experience Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for providing your feedback. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy the wide variety of fine and decorative arts inside the House, which include renowned works by Bell and Grant alongside pieces by Derain, Picasso, Renoir and other major artists. On...More

Reviewed August 13, 2018

An interesting house with a lovely garden, and by reading past reviews we were lucky to have an knowledgeable tour guide. It is a little 'nursery school' with the repeated checking of the tickets, to the point where they implied we would have to wait...More

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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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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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