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Monk's House - National Trust

Monks House The Street, Lewes BN7 3HF, England
+44 1273 474760
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Charming little place. Far away from the railway station.Best to go by car .Opens lunchtime. If... read more

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ElvisRita
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Beautiful, peaceful place

We visited Monks House on a hot and humid July afternoon - the interior of the house was cool and... read more

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The home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf featuring the writing room where she created some of her best known works. A small 17th century weatherboarded cottage and large garden, Monk's House was a gathering place for many Bloomsbury Group members. Set in the beautiful South Downs , it was more importantly, a retreat for Virginia Woolf who loved nothing more than striding out across the Downs.
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Hours Today: 12:30 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Monks House The Street, Lewes BN7 3HF, England
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Reviewed today

Charming little place. Far away from the railway station.Best to go by car .Opens lunchtime. If you live in the UK and in the countryside not much to see unless a big massive fan.

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Reviewed today

We visited Monks House on a hot and humid July afternoon - the interior of the house was cool and atmospheric, it was almost as though the Woolfs had just walked out of the door. The NT volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and helpful which helped...More

Thank MuncherSalisbury
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Reviewed yesterday

We were part of a small private party who were shown around by the curator. It was an absorbing and moving visit. We were impressed by our guide's enthusiasm, dedication and love of the house and the Woolfs. It took an hour and a half...More

Thank Richard W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We came here after visiting Charleston and what a difference. Here we were welcomed into the house and each room had extremely knowledgeable volunteers who were able to answer any question thrown at them so there is no need for any guided tour. There was...More

Thank Tibor H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone at the house was well-informed and helpful. I think they realize everyone visiting is a fan, so you can visit the rooms quietly or have any questions answered. Lovely readings from her novels on the lawn.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a day to kill for a Gatwick flyte, so took the train to Lewes, checked in to hotel early, and walked the ~3 miles to Rodmell and Monk House. The walk was pleasant along the River Ouse and we found the trail with about...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting property, 18C weather-boarded cottage, still furnished, but beware some low ceilings and doorways. Pretty garden but house is small so does not take that long to visit all the rooms. Once inhabited by novelist Virginia Woolf and you can see her 'a room...More

Thank StellaCaroline
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

I visited Monk's House on a very warm day and so did not get a chance to explore the garden as much as I wanted. However, there's a spectacular view of the South Downs from the bowling green, near Virginia's writing shed ("a room of...More

Thank ladyinblack1964
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

This was the country house of Virginia Woolf and is set in a picturesque Sussex village. The house itself is unremarkable but the cottage garden is beautiful with informal and colourful flower beds, large lawns and a working vegetable garden. It is a peaceful place...More

Thank Bluebellplasnewydd
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

The highlight for most people is probably the garden. It is very much a cottage garden style with narrow brick paths and plants crammed in wherever there is a space. Further on is a meadow and writing cabin. A mown lawn gives good views of...More

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Callie225
30 April 2017|
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Response from Liz S | Reviewed this property |
You were too early I am afraid. The wisteria was beautiful as always last year and should be so this year. Wisteria needs regular pruning to keep it at its best.
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Roxane L
29 January 2017|
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Response from ladolcevilla | Reviewed this property |
Yes but will be a full day. Visit lessees first as Monks does not open until 13.00. Last weekend this season coming up though.
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dalekguy97
31 March 2015|
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Response from Caroline-J-Mc |
There were two entwined elm trees at the border of the terrace, behind the pond. The Woolfs called them Virginia and Leonard. Virginia's ashes were buried at the base of her tree, but the tree didn't survive Dutch Elm... More
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