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Monk's House, Lewes

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Historic Site
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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  • We were fortunate to view this small house and wonderful garden under blue skies and warm sunshine. The house is small - only three rooms and a hall were able to be viewed but are a must for any, like...  more »
  • Virginia Woolf's home is a little slice of rural bliss . This tiny cottage nestling within a gorgeous garden is well worth a visit and although only a couple of rooms are available to see, the whole a...  more »
  • Post at HomeWhiteFengShui about monk BB´s House and the writer Virginia Woolf - highly recommended...
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  • 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.
  • A small piece of big history...
  • Beautifully restored and a great insight into how Virginia Woolf's
  • Virginia and Leonardo Woolf beautiful house
  • Beautiful but small house former home of Virginia Woolf