In 1916 the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan grant moved to
Sussex with their unconventional household. Over the following
half century Charleston became the country meeting place for
the group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as Bloomsbury.
Clive Bell, David Garnett and Maynard Keynes lived at Charleston
for considerable periods; Virginia and Leonard Woolf, E.M.Forster
and Roger Fry were frequent visitors.
From the moment they arrived the artists began to transform
the house with decorations.
Inspired by Italian fresco painting and the Post-Impressionists,
they painted the walls, doors, furniture and ceramics at Charleston
in their personal style. The walled garden was redesigned
in a style reminiscent of Southern Europe, with mosaics, box
hedges, gravel pathways and ponds.
Charleston is sign posted off the A27, 7 miles east of Lewes
1st April - 29th October, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday
Mondays 2pm - 6 pm
Adult £5.50, children £4.00