Monthly Archives: June 2014

Charleston House

A most interesting day was had by all at Charleston House in Sussex, the home of the Bloomsbury group, a collection of like minded friends.
The house of artist Vannessa Bell (Virginia Woolf’s sister) and Duncan Grant and David Garnett moved here in 1916.
It was a meeting place for writers, painters and intellectuals.  The decoration inside the house reflects their decorative lifestyle. Nearly all the furniture, doors and walls were painted by Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant.
The walled garden was mainly vegetables but over time it evolved to the garden that it is today, full of flowers intermingled with vegetables, mosaic paths and statues made by the artists.
After a most interesting tour with our guides we went to have lunch in the cafe only to be told there is only coffee and cake much to Gillian’s distress as she was told they served lunches
We were then directed to a farm a few minutes down the road which our bus driver kindly took us and found a good restaurant and a selection of shops within the farm, plus a selection of plants which many of us bought for our own gardens.
Thank you Gillian for a great day.