Charleston was, from 1916, the home of Bloomsbury painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and became a haven for a remarkable group of progressive individuals, such as John Maynard Keynes, Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Roger Fry, Lytton Strachey and T.S. Eliot, whose cultural impact still resonates. Charleston is now a unique museum with a growing portfolio of festivals and a varied programme of events, workshops and exhibitions.
Acres of landscape garden – influenced by ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton – are bordered by historic parkland and woodland at this National Trust property. Four lakes have paths around them which circulate through glades and wooded areas. Special events are held regularly, do check the website for details, and you can enjoy a hearty lunch or light bite in the Coach House Tearoom and pick up a gift, souvenir or plant from the shop.
Bridge Cottage is a medieval Wealden hall house built around 1436 which has been restored as a heritage centre, and an educational and community hub for Uckfield and the wider area. Events held there include concerts, talks, school visits, and holiday activities for children.
The Llama Park is no longer JUST a place for llamas. We have free entry to our Restaurant and Coffee Shop, and a highly reputed Fashion and Gift Shop and if you want to pay to go into the park to see the animals we now have horses, Shetland ponies and donkeys as well as the llamas, alpacas and reindeer. Add to that mix our glorious pigs, sheep and a mischievous herd of goats with peacocks, guinea fowl, ducks, geese and turkeys and you have a wonderful place for a cup of tea, a roast lunch, a shopping day out and a lovely walk in 33 acres of beautiful land.