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South Downs retreat steeped in Bloomsbury heritage

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South Downs retreat steeped in Bloomsbury heritage

7 guests4 bedrooms4 beds2 bathrooms
7 guests
4 bedrooms
4 beds
2 bathrooms
Entire home
You’ll have the house to yourself.
Sparkling clean
15 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
Cressida is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Great location
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.

The Dower House is a historic building steeped in the art and literature of Bloomsbury. The former home of Quentin Bell, Virginia Woolf’s nephew and biographer, and his wife Anne Olivier, the renowned scholar and editor of Woolf’s diaries, it is the perfect place for a holiday in the heart of rural Sussex. This special house with its magical walled garden and breathtaking views is situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park, just outside Firle village at the foot of the Downs.


Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
The host hasn't reported a carbon monoxide detector on the property.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 single bed



20 reviews
Alice User Profile
March 2020
Absolutely beautiful home and equally beautiful surroundings. A real treat to stay amongst so much Bloomsbury heritage, thank you!
Helen User Profile
February 2020
Beautiful house, great location. Highly recommended.
Lizzie User Profile
February 2020
Dower House is an absolute treat for Bloomsbury fans! We left feeling inspired and relaxed after a weekend surrounded by beautiful art and countryside. We loved delving in to the plentiful supply of books and walking over the fields to Charleston House and the The Firle Inn. The…
Emily User Profile
February 2020
Wonderful, beautiful time in the dower house for my dads 80th - walks on the downs, cosy fires and happy rifling through the countless amazing bookshelves. Very special & magical - many many thanks to the family and in particular to Caroline for all her amazing help and kindness.
Liz User Profile
January 2020
A beautiful house in a wonderful location. Very comfortable with wonderful decorative interiors.
Jane User Profile
January 2020
It was a real privilege to stay in this beautiful and much loved family home, which not only provides a very comfortable base for a holiday but offers unique insights into the lives of Quentin and Anne Olivier Bell and other members of the Bloomsbury group. We could happily have…
Naomi User Profile
January 2020
This is honestly one of the most special places I've ever stayed in my life. As a writer, it was an exceptional place to write, read and think. As a human, it is a warm and soothing space with all the grace notes and unfussy ease of Bloomsbury - it really feels like this house is…

Hosted by Cressida

London, United KingdomJoined in May 2012
Cressida User Profile
20 Reviews
Cressida is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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Interaction with guests
The housekeeper, Caroline, lives in a self-contained apartment on the premises and will be there to greet you on arrival and give you the keys. Apart from her flat, the entire house and garden will be at your disposal during your stay. Caroline will never interfere, but can…
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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About this place
When you stay in an Airbnb, you’re staying at someone’s place.
This is Cressida’s place.
Caroline helps host.

West Firle, England, United Kingdom

Things to keep in mind

Check-in: 15:00 - 21:00
Checkout: 11:00
15:00 - 21:00

House Rules

  • No smoking
  • No pets
  • No parties or events


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