The closest town to Charleston is Lewes or at least the closest trim station is Lewes. I caught the train from Victoria station in London. They were reenacting the battle of Lewes that Saturday morning and I only got to see some of them in costume. There was a shuttle between Lewes train station and Charleston farmhouse and I waited with a bunch of older ladies. It seems they come from all over the area and come to visit a few times each year. They meet friends there or families. There was supposed to be a reading by an author there that day and Charleston was teeming with visitors.