Quentin Bell, son of Clive Bell and the well-loved artist Vanessa Bell, lived here from 1967 to 1984. The main drawing room still has an air of creativity to it and one of our barns, once his studio, has now been converted into a charming, pretty double room for our guests. The beautiful tiles he created still sit behind the Aga in the kitchen of the main house.
The social life of the Bloomsbury Group revolved around the various houses of the members and their friends, and holidays together in France and Italy. The Bells, Woolfs and Lytton Strachey all had country houses, and they also enjoyed the hospitality of wealthy patrons including Lady Ottoline Morrell who occasionally entertained them at Garsington, her home in Oxfordshire.
As a descendant of Bloomsbury - a group that included Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell , Clive Bell, John Maynard Keynes, Adrian Stephen, E. M. Forster, Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Desmond MacCarthy, Mary MacCarthy and Duncan Grant - Bell was in a good position to publish Bloomsbury (1968) and a two volume biography of his aunt, in his much acclaimed Virginia Woolf: A Biography (1972)
This pocket of East Sussex still boasts a great deal of Bloomsbury history and can include visits to the wonderful Charleston, home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and Monks House, home of Virginia Woolf. Charleston in particular hosts some fantastic annual literary and art festivals as well as the house being open for tours to the public.