Quentin Bell, Son of Vannessa and Clive Bell, the well-loved artist, resided here for the best part of his days. The House was host to many a lunch and dinner party with guests made up of the infamous Bloomsbury set. The main drawing room still has an air of creativity to it and one of our barns, once his studio, has now been converted into a charming, pretty double room for our guests.
According to Leonard Woolf, Bell became a member of the Bloomsbury Group in the 1920's and 1930's when Old Bloomsbury narrowed and widened into a newer Bloomsbury. The social life of the Group revolved around the various houses of the members and their friends, and holidays together in France, Italy and Greece. The Bells, Woolfs and Lytton Strachey all had country houses, and they also enjoyed the hospitality of wealthy patrons including Lady Ottoline Morrell who frequently entertained them at her Garsington home. These house visits helped to widen the circle of acquaintance and brought in people such as the dancers Frederick Ashton and Lydia Lopokova, the star of the fashionable Ballet Russe.
As a member of the Bloomsbury Circle, a group that included Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell , Clive Bell, John Maynard Keynes, Adrian Stephen, E. M. Forster, Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Desmond MacCarthy, Mary MacCarthy, Duncan Grant, Arthur Waley and, Bell was in a good position to publish Bloomsbury (1968) and a two volume biography of his aunt, in his much acclaimed Virginia Woolf: A Biography (1972).