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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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  • August 15, 2017
    After having been to Charleston House, we visited Monk's House. This house is less colourful, but it is every bit as charming and interesting in its own way. It looks as if it's still being used. The ...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    If you join the national trust as I did these smaller places are worth visiting. Though it was not overpriced compared to others. Not a great amount to see inside but garden was very nice but not huge...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    We found the house to be very interesting and the staff were very knowledgable, willing to share information and answer questions. The gardens were an unexpected surprise. Would love to go again and s...  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.

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