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Small Wonder Bloomsbury Retreat from £530




Join us for four days of complete immersion in the real lives of the Bloomsbury set, in the South Downs home of Maynard Keynes and Lydia Lopokova. This unique retreat at Tilton House offers a rare opportunity to sleep, eat, breathe, explore, discover and grow exactly as the Bloomsbury set did, in the only Bloomsbury house to offer a residential escape. Walk in their footsteps over the Downs, sleep in their bedrooms, talk until the small hours in their fireside library, and feast on food from their recipe books in the same kitchen that hosted countless candlelit gatherings.


Your absorption in Bloomsbury life will include special guided tours of Charleston and Monk’s House, a walk along the old coach road to see Bell and Grant’s spectacular murals at Berwick Church, and an invigorating yomp over the Downs to the Rodmell home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf. We will visit Duncan and Vanessa’s graves at Firle Church, admire the John Piper stained glasswork, and find Virginia’s first cottage, Little Talland.

Discover Tilton’s stories and secrets from the rarely-explored archive as you become an official ‘Tiltonian’, as associates of the House were called. You will have some time to yourself each day to bask in the stillness and magic of the beautiful grounds. Explore Lydia’s garden, scribble away in the writing shed, relax in the hammocks and outdoor sauna, stretch out in the secret yurt or enjoy a knockabout on the tennis courts where Tiltonians played with gusto (but by Lydia’s account, very little skill).

“..there is no better air than here for work”

— John Maynard Keynes

Exploring the importance of community and friendship is at the heart of this retreat, as we celebrate and learn from the creativity and nourishment the Bloomsbury set gained from the rich kinship of their network.

Run by the Department of Wellbeing, the Bloomsbury Retreat is designed to invigorate and inspire every aspect of our physical, intellectual, creative and social selves. As the still centre where Lydia’s restless physicality and Keynes’ world-changing intellect found balance with one another, Tilton House is the perfect place to get your body and mind working together. You will leave this immersive experience with fresh air in your lungs, new ideas in your notebook, and with insights into the Bloomsbury group that few have had before.


Three nights accommodation including all vegetarian meals in a Bloomsbury home

Arrival cream tea

Bloomsbury Goody bag

Entrance to Charleston Farmhouse for private guided tour

Bloomsbury discussion group

Entrance to Monks House for private guided tour

Walk and tour of Berwick Church

Tickets for Charlestons' Small Wonder Festival on 27th & 28th Sept are included.


Twin with shared bathroom from £530pp

Single Supplement with shared bathroom £650pp

Single Supplement with private bathroom £790pp

Twin/ Double Room with Ensuite £790pp


Join us for another short break amongst the landscape that inspired the Bloomsbury Group.

Stay in Keynes' country retreat and visit Monks House, Charleston House and the murals at Berwick Church.

Tickets for Charlestons' Small Wonder Festival on 27th & 28th Sept are included.

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