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Monk's House

Rodmell Near Lewes East Sussex BN7 3HF 01273 474 760

We say

‘That will be our address for ever and ever’, declared Virginia Woolf in 1919 when she and her husband Leonard bought Monk’s House, a pretty, weatherboarded cottage in the peaceful village of Rodmell, just outside Lewes. Woolf’s sister Vanessa Bell had already settled nearby at Charleston Farmhouse, and the Woolfs’ holiday home soon became another gathering place for the artists, writers and intellectuals of the Bloomsbury Group. Step into Virginia's writing room in the garden and you'll see a wonderful display of black-and-white photos showing various visitors – amongst them E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey, Vita Sackville-West and John Maynard Keynes – lounging in deckchairs or playing bowls on the lawn; Virginia's sometimes less-than-kind comments on her guests run alongside the photos. Inside the house, the four simple rooms that you can visit bear the unmistakable Bloomsbury stamp, with furniture, ceramics and fireplaces exuberantly decorated by Vanessa and her partner Duncan Grant, though the embellishment is on nowhere near the same scale as at Vanessa’s own home at Charleston. The Woolfs moved permanently to Monk’s House in 1940 when their London home was bombed, but Virginia’s ‘ever and ever’ house unfortunately remained her home for only one more year. On April 28, 1941, she walked to the nearby River Ouse, where she weighed her pockets down with stones and drowned herself.

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

A wonderful glimpse into the past ★★★★★

This house and garden are simply beautiful. Virginia Woolf wrote most of her enigmatic works here and especially in the writers lodge in the garden. Amazing people from the Bloomsbury set like EM Forster, TS Elliot John Maynard Keynes would pop in or stay for the Summer not to mention her sister Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The staff are amazingly knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble. House and garden are open April - October.

Monk's House reviewed by on December 9th, 2015

WOW what a place ★★★★★

This is a beautiful hideaway where Virginia Woolf and her Husband Leonard spent much of their time. Virginia would write almost every day in her purpose built lodge in the garden with beautiful views of the downs. It is like they have just popped out and will be back any moment. The staff are friendly and very knowledgable and bring the house and its famous guests to life. It's also full of post impressionist paintings by the Bloomsbury group. A place not to be missed.

Monk's House reviewed by on September 3rd, 2014

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<p>Adults £4.85, children £2.40.</p>


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Getting There

There's limited parking just down the lane from Monk's House. Coming by public transport, the nearest mainline train station is Lewes; from here bus 123 runs to Newhaven via Rodmell roughly hourly during the week and every two hours on Saturday (no service on Sun or bank hols); alternatively, take a connecting train from Lewes to Southease, from where it's a one-hour walk along the river and through the water meadows to Monk's House.


<p>House &amp; garden open April–Oct Wed–Sun &amp; bank hol Mon 12:30pm–5.30pm&nbsp;(house&nbsp;opens 1pm).<br></p>

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