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Monk's House - National Trust

Closed Now: 12:30 - 17:30
Open today: 12:30 - 17:30
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Lived in feel to this property

Enjoyed my visit here. Only 4 rooms, plus a conservatory and gardens on show, but well worth a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
Peaceful little place

I always enjoy coming here as we did last weekend. The house is small but full of character and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Sussex, England
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  • Average9%
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“virginia woolf”(50 reviews)
“writing room”(9 reviews)
“dining room”(6 reviews)
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...more
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Monks House The Street, Lewes BN7 3HF, England
+44 1273 474760
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed my visit here. Only 4 rooms, plus a conservatory and gardens on show, but well worth a visit. The rooms are charming and have that "lived in" feel to them, as the property was an actual home. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, willing to...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I always enjoy coming here as we did last weekend. The house is small but full of character and the volunteers are always interesting to talk to. There is a lovely flower garden with lots of colour and smells. Beyond that are large lawns with...More

1  Thank OldishTraveller
Reviewed 15 August 2018

I visited with my friend and our two children, aged 10 and 11. Knowledgable staff and lovely location. Good car park facilities. The gardens were great and old love to return for the Apple pressing in the autumn. The kids enjoyed playing bowls and running...More

Thank Melanie037
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Just a cottage with a very large garden but when you enter it you step back in time into Virginia Woolf's life.

1  Thank davalew
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

My wife and I visited this site as we are national trust members. This is the former home of 20th century writer Virginia Wolfe the hose has been well preserved and the grounds and gardens are lovely, well worth a visit if you are in...More

Thank Colin S
Reviewed 20 July 2018

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.

Thank ElvisRita
Reviewed 20 July 2018

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

1  Thank MuncherSalisbury
Reviewed 19 July 2018

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

2  Thank Richard W
Reviewed 17 July 2018

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
Reviewed 10 July 2018

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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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.
Roxane L
29 January 2017|
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.
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