An Autumn day in Sussex - Charleston House and Cuckmere Haven

It was my Birthday on Sunday and when my OH asked what I wanted to do for the day, I was suddenly struck with a flash of inspiration and almost yelped Charleston House in Sussex. Why I haven't visited before is a complete mystery, the whole day was a delight.
 
Charleston House is the former residence of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant of Bloomsbury Group fame. I was so excited by it all that I just wanted to run from room to room hugging things that took my fancy. However, I had to behave as it was quite busy and well ordered. The stewards in each room were extremely knowledgeable and approachable which was great because there is so much to talk about. Each room is filled with paintings, painted furniture, ceramics and tapestries. 
 
Understandably photography is forbidden in the house and you really need to visit as the house has an atmosphere that can't be captured in a photo. I was particularly impressed by the liveliness and I would say almost urgency of the decoration around the house. I found it inspiring and uplifting and can thoroughly recommend it as a lovely day out. There is also a cafe with an enchanting garden, a shop full of beautiful things and a gallery.
 
Here are some memories of the visit to whet your appetite.
Charleston House
Charleston House
Opussyquinusque, The Cat c. 1932 - Duncan Grant (1885-1978)
Opussyquinusque, The Cat c. 1932 - Duncan Grant (1885-1978)
Log Box - Duncan Grant
Log Box - Duncan Grant
Detail from Duncan Grant's bedroom
Detail from Duncan Grant's bedroom
Green Bathroom Charleston House
Green Bathroom
Into the Garden
Charleston House from the garden
Fish mosaic at Charleston House garden
Vases in the window from Charleston House Garden
Dahlia in bloom in Charleston House Garden
Carved brick Sphinx by Quentin Bell
Charleston House Garden
'Levitated Lady', circa 1973, fibreglass, Quentin Bell
Colours that remind me of my visit to Charleston House.
Charleston House Colour palette
A walk down to the sea at Cuckmere Haven.
Cuckmere Haven, Sussex
Cuckmere Haven
Cliffs at Cuckmere Have, Sussex
Sea Glass

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