The Bloomsbury Group

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Heritage Tours

Follow in the footsteps of the group of early 20th century influential authors, artists, philosophers and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Set. This bohemian group included Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. You’ll enjoy visits to Charleston – their farmhouse country retreat, the world-famous gardens of Sissinghurst and Knole House – one of England’s largest houses.

Holiday Highlights

  • Charleston - the farmhouse home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant
  • Knole House - one of England’s largest houses
  • Sissinghurst - Vita Sackville-West's world-famous garden

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays Leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • All transport on touring days on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach
  • All admissions to venues/attractions that form part of your holiday itinerary

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Our holiday begins at Sissinghurst Castle, where Vita Sackville-West, a friend and lover of Virginia Woolf, created her world-famous garden. The Vita Sackville-West connection continues in the afternoon when we explore her beloved childhood home, the magnificent manor house at Knole, dating back over 500 years.


We spend the morning at Charleston Farmhouse - the country retreat of the Bloomsbury Group, who decorated its walls and furniture and filled it with their paintings and books. We then visit the local church at Berwick, where Bell and Grant painted a dramatic set of murals, and proceed on to Bateman's the Jacobean home of Rudyard Kipling. Although not part of the Bloomsbury Set, Kipling was much inspired by this house and thus it holds deep significance in the literary and creative landscape.


Our first stop is the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, which specialises in the art of Sussex painters, including Eric Ravillious. In the afternoon, we shall continue on to Farley’s House & Gallery, home of the Surrealists. Farley’s House is a museum and archive featuring the lives and work of its former residents, the photographer Lee Miller and the Surrealist artist Roland Penrose, whose friends included Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Abingworth Hall

Tucked away in the village of Thakeham at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall has stood in one form another since the 13th century. Gutted by fire, it was rebuilt in 1910 in its current distinctive style. As well as 27 en-suite rooms the house has all the ingredients you need for the perfect country house stay: three comfortable lounges with squishy sofas to kick back in, the largest of which opens onto an attractive conservatory and bar in which to dally, great food and super-comfy rooms to retire to. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking here; go for a lazy amble around the wildlife rich chalk Downlands to discover a colourful tapestry of historic villages, thatched cottages, pastoral landscapes and vibrant market towns. Highlights of your stay might include the Seven Sisters, the Glorious Goodwood estate, the Devil’s Dyke and Chanctonbury Ring, as well as Arundel and the National Trust property at Petworth. Take your pick.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, which make use of every nook-and-cranny in the interesting architecture of this characterful house. With 27 bedrooms, Abingworth Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Clean and bright, with accent colours to offset the simple palette, the rooms are airy and light. Premium Rooms might have a feature wall or strong print wallpaper as well as pretty tiles in the ensuite bathroom.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium' Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling on the South Downs, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax in the large gardens and sit by the pretty pond, turn your hand to croquet or practice on the putting green. Ease through a couple of lengths of the heated outdoor pool if you’ve still got energy to burn. Hole up in the light-filled conservatory with pretty views of the gardens or retire to the Drawing Room with its wood-panelled walls, log burner, library of books to browse and comfy seats to sink in to; there’s a telescope for you to scour the night sky too. In the evening, take your seat in the bar or join fellow guests in the large ballroom for the evening activity.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Abingworth Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Abingworth Hall

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Getting to Abingworth Hall

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Essential Information

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet, or dry.

All of our Heritage Tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. You will be spending most of the day on your feet. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera, sun protection, and drinks during the day.

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Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Heritage Tours

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