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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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  • Interesting small house the former home of Virginia Woolf with some fascinating exhibits, particularly in the garden room where there is a small exhibition of people she knew. The gardens are beautifu...  read more »
  • We decided to visit Monks House after visiting Charleston. We were not disappointed. The gardens are absolutely beautiful with a little orchard, charming little ponds, natural planting and best of all...  read more »
  • We visited this national trust property, it is a lovely wee house with a lovely garden. However it is out of the way (and difficult to find) and also very small. It took us half hour to explore everyt...  read more »
  • Beautifully restored and a great insight into how Virginia Woolf's
  • Beautiful but small house former home of Virginia Woolf
  • The House in Rodmell, where Virginia Woolf lived from 1919-1941. She committed suicide by drowning herself in the River Ouse in Rodmell. The House is still in a good Shape and you can easily imagine, how she lived there. It was very emotional to see the rooms and walk through the beautiful was worth it! You also can see the busts of Virginia and Leonard in the garden. I loved it!
  • Virginia and Leonardo Woolf beautiful house
  • Beautiful home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Fantastic gardens and an interesting house.
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