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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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  • I love that the Brits preserve their history big and small. Monks House was never intended to receive crowds and is off the beaten trail but for Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury fans is a pilgrimage that...  more »
  • I am not a great fan of Virginia Woolf's work but my wife is. We took our family to Rodwell to visit the Woolf's house and were pleasantly surprised. There is parking nearby and the National Trust vol...  more »
  • We happened upon this property by chance, it is a small house. The hole of Leonard and Virginia Woolfe. It helps if you are aware of the Bloomsbury Set but even if you are not it gives an insight into...  more »
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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