The Garden Landscape Guide

Charleston Farmhouse Garden

A sussex farmhouse with a twentieth century garden. After being aquired by Virginia Woolf's sister in 1916, the house and garden became a meeting place for the Bloomsbury set. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, the garden shows originality in its mosaic paving, sculpture and planting. It is a refreshing change from the National Trust manner of garden care. Sir Peter Shepheard helped with the garden restoration.

nr Firle, East Sussex, England, BN8 6LL

End March to end October. Wednesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

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  • over 5 years by Emma 5 / 5

    Just beautiful place to visit- regardless of the time of the season. There's always something springing up. Small garden yes, but it was only a farmhouse (and still is!).
  • almost 7 years by Pete 2 / 5

    Unless you are a fan of 20th century art (I hated it) forget the house.

    the garden is a small walled cottage style with a large pond.

    Nice cafe, the Robins will pose on your tea pot and nab the cheese out of your Ham & Cheese sandwich! I have the photos as proof!

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Charleston Farmhouse, East Sussex Photograph © Prince Heathen
Charleston Farmhouse Garden, East Sussex Photograph © yvestown
Planting at Charleston Farmhouse Garden Photograph © Pete Duxon
Robin, Charleston Farmhouse Garden Photograph © Pete Duxon
Statue, Charleston Farmhouse Garden Photograph © Pete Duxon