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Charleston, West Firle

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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.
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  • I recently visited Charleston for the first time and found the whole experience to be really lovely. The stewards guiding us through each room were attentive and knowledgable whilst giving us space... 
    I recently visited Charleston for the first time and found the whole experience to be really lovely. The stewards guiding us through each room were attentive and knowledgable whilst giving us space...  more »
  • What a shame! The setting is glorious, the garden spectacular and the story of the house and its tenants delicious and fascinating; the house and contents are of much intetest for anyone interested... 
    What a shame! The setting is glorious, the garden spectacular and the story of the house and its tenants delicious and fascinating; the house and contents are of much intetest for anyone interested...  more »
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  • Nice place but be sure you arrive for you time slot as the tour is in a guided group. Nice volunteers who are happy to help. Cafe is a bit pricey so might be worth taking a pack lunch for the picnic area if it's a nice day.
  • Owned by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, two of the painters from the Bloomsbury Group in the 1920s, this farmhouse was their home . It became a meeting place for people of similar minds, writers , painters, and artistic people of all persuasions. Every room is hand decorated, furniture , beds, even the bathroom show their talents. Also on the site is a gallery with various exhibitions throughout the year. An absolutely fascinating place with gardens to wander round, set in the heart of the South Downs.

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