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Charleston

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Fascinating insight into the complex artistic world of the Bloomsbury set.

The parking and access was easy & convenient. One of our group was on a disability scooter. She... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ibis2016
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Guildford, United Kingdom
Visited the house and Gallery

I did a winter visit to the house and gallery which seems to be staying open all year now. The... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2019
ladolcevilla
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UK
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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

The parking and access was easy & convenient. One of our group was on a disability scooter. She had full access to the reception & shop area as well as the ground level of the house. The extremely pleasant and helpful Volunteers showed her around...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ibis2016
Reviewed 12 February 2019

I did a winter visit to the house and gallery which seems to be staying open all year now. The house tour does not take you upstairs but does an introduction in the kitchen which is nice. The house seems even more atmospheric in the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ladolcevilla
CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2019

Hi there We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Charleston. We agree, there is something very atmospheric about winter in the house. Very best Chloe

Reviewed 9 February 2019

I had Charleston earmarked on my hit list since reading a fabulous article in Tatler about this property but I did not expect to be so entranced with it as I was and it would not be the kind of thing I would ever have...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 25 November 2018 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 27 November 2018

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 11 November 2018

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 13 November 2018

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 28 October 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
Thank Kate F
CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

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

Reviewed 27 October 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 31 October 2018

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

Reviewed 15 October 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 31 October 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 14 October 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 31 October 2018

Thanks so much for your comments. Chloe

Reviewed 14 October 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
Thank Sara G
CharlestonTrust, Public Relations Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

Brilliant! Thanks for your feedback. Chloe

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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.
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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
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Robyn S
30 May 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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