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What a Gem

What's not to love about this piece of social and cultural history? Visit in Spring when the garden... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Such a gem of a place.

I wanted to come home and redecorate my house from top to toe, This is so interesting and the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sara G
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
+44 1323 811626
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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

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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank Tatticorum
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Bob P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much inside the house has been painted or created by one of the infamous Bloomsbury set, the walls have stencilled patterns, the wooden shutters painted, and the fireplaces, and there are paintings everywhere. Walking round, it was strange to imagine people like Vanessa Bell...More

Thank 747Lyn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t visit the house on this occasion just the gardens. Access along a rather bumpy road that is in need of repair to a large car park. Easy to park. Gardens still looking lovely with heavy crops of apples, pears and other fruit this...More

Thank Mike S
CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the review, we're glad you enjoyed the gardens in the autumn sunshine!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

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

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Joan B
30 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.
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
Robyn S
30 May 2016|
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