Wanderlust- Charleston House
With her exhibition still strong in the memory and the gorgeous weather demanding an escape from the city, we swapped London’s fair streets for the rolling Sussex countryside and headed to Charleston House for an artistic and inspiring adventure.
An easy train journey from Victoria and a short drive from the delightful Lewes, this charming country pile nestled amongst seemingly endless greenery is a magical place beautifully warped in time. The home of Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and her children, this hub of artistic expression and intellectual thought hosted the great minds and influence of the 20th century.
Perfectly preserved and utterly unchanged the house displays a lifetime of creativity, including murals, painted furniture, painted objects, ceramics and textiles both of their own and from the Omega Workshops, uniquely presented in the delightful domestic context offering a focus, charm and understanding simply not achievable against the backdrop of a museum or gallery.
Engaging guides provide informative tours, an inviting on site café makes a blinding brew and the surrounding gardens make for a further enchanting place to loose yourself and delay the inevitable return to the real world.
An enjoyable amble through the countryside affords a further look at the duo’s work in a chapel the next village along. Well worth the add on, especially when the weathers on side.
Find your wingman or woman and enjoy.