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Monk's House, Lewes

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Monk's House is an 18th-century weatherboarded cottage in the village of Rodmell, three miles (4.8km) south-east of Lewes, East Sussex, England. The writer Virginia Woolf and her husband, the political activist, journalist and editor Leonard Woolf, bought the house in 1919, and received there many important visitors connected to the Bloomsbury Group, including T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, Roger Fry and Lytton Strachey.Virginia's sister, the artist Vanessa Bell, lived at nearby Charleston Farmhouse in Firle from 1916, and though contrasting in style, both houses became important outposts of the Bloomsbury Group. The National Trust now operates the building as a writer's house museum.Life at Monk's HouseDuring the Woolfs’ early years at Rodmell, Monk's House was of modest dimensions with three-quarters of an acre of garden including an orchard and a number of outbuildings. Conditions were primitive and over the years the Woolfs made many alterations and additions, including: improvements to the kitchen; the installation of a hot water range and bathroom with water closet; and a two-storey extension in 1929. In 1928 they bought an adjoining field to preserve the beautiful views from the garden towards Mount Caburn.
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  • Not the usual National Trust property. There is no tea room and little visible sign of what might be called the NT look. There is a small loo hidden away in the garden just behind the house but it is ...  more »
  • Monk's house belonged to Leonard and Virginia Woolf. It is unchanged since they lived there, so you can just imagine their life easily. As you tour the house there is an expert guide in each room to c...  more »
  • We visited on a busy Saturday afternoon. Monk's House is located in Rodmell village, just outside Lewes. I set the satnav for Southease and, approaching from Lewes, took the left turn just past the Ab...  more »
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  • Good for a quick visit if your passing through. Do walk round the whole village especially the Lewes side. Wonderful old cottages and private gardens. Church is worth a visit very pretty. Have lunch at the local village pub.
  • Small interesting property with a lovely garden and views. Readings on the lawn are well worth attending to get more from your visit. Good information displays and well informed staff. Small shop with merchandise.
  • The place was tidy and the garden beautifully taken care of. Lovely staff!
  • This is a lovely spot, beautifully cared for by the NT. The house is kept exactly as it was when Virginia Woolfe lived there, it's like she just left the room as you're walking around. There's peace and quiet in the gardens, and even a game of bowls or two of you fancy. A beautiful, interesting, tranquil place.
  • I did not prepare myself enough on the background of the people who lived here, so it was a bit of a let-down for me. If you come prepared, it will definately be a nice place to visit.