Charleston House, East Sussex, England.
The artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved to Charleston in 1916 and their home became the country meeting place of the writers, painters and intellectuals who are known as the 'Bloomsbury Group'.
The house is decorated throughout in 'Bloomsbury' style, happily exuberant colour and pattern, slapdash delivery, joyful result, everywhere, on everything!
This area of the garden is enclosed by flint walls and the planting is generously blowzy. It has much the same feel as the interior of the house.
I visited in summer sunshine, just the right sort of day to enjoy the tumble of growth and the buzz of insects.
There were many famous visitors to the house. The economist Maynard Keynes stayed for so long that a bedroom was always kept just for him. Vanessa's sister, Virginia Woolf lived just a few miles away from Charleston.
"Never, never have I seen quite such a wonderful place!"
Sketch in a letter by Dora Carrington , 1922. Virginia Woolf
Even if you are unable to visit the house and garden in person you can enjoy it at second hand by means of this delightful book.
The text is as enjoyable as the imagery. Note that that the nurse only "attempted" to educate the unruly boys!