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I was so excited at the weekend, amongst other delights, to visit, the very very inspiring and beautiful Charleston farmhouse.

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The home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, along with Quentin and Julian, her two young sons by her husband, Clive Bell.


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“It will be an odd life, but…it ought to be a good one for painting”, the artist Vanessa Bell said of living at Charleston, the Sussex farmhouse that in 1916 became the country home of the Bloomsbury Group; that forward thinking, avant- garde, circle of writers, intellectuals and artists. 

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Almost as soon as Vanessa and Duncan moved into Charleston, they began to paint, not just on canvas, but over every available surface - walls, of course, but also tables, chairs, fireplaces and bedheads. It’s just beautiful.

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“The house seems full of young people in very high spirits, laughing a great deal ...lying about in the garden which is simply a dithering blaze of flowers and butterflies and apples” wrote Vanessa in 1936.

I think her and I may have been friends, except that I am not all that keen on apples.

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Just imagine spending a weekend there, with them, sat at this table, with that garden to look out to and enjoy. On my.

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Every room took my breath away, it was beautiful , creative, adventurous and so inspiring. The garden is a work of art too, even thought the rain did not stop once for 3 days. I would strongly recommend a visit if you are around that part of the country … and like that sort of thing.

Have a happy weekend whatever you are doing xx


October 18, 2019 by Shopify