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Monk's House

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Address: Monks House The Street, Lewes BN7 3HF, England
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+44 1323 870001

Viginia Woolf's country retreat.

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Monk's House is the house bought by Leonard and Virginia Woolf in 1919. It became their country retreat and later full time residence. The house is situated in a small village... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lynn B
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Monk's House is the house bought by Leonard and Virginia Woolf in 1919. It became their country retreat and later full time residence. The house is situated in a small village just outside of Lewes. To get there you can take a train from Victoria Railway Station to Lewes and then the 123 bus going in the direction of Newhaven.... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

We were in the area and visited as we are NT members. I thought the garden was the best part - there are some deck chairs around so you can sit and enjoy a packed lunch picnic. All in all I thought the house was a bit of a let down. I would be disappointed to have paid the entrance... More 

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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

We were fortunate to view this small house and wonderful garden under blue skies and warm sunshine. The house is small - only three rooms and a hall were able to be viewed but are a must for any, like me, who have an interest in the Bloomsbury Set especially Virginia Woolf. Furniture decorated by her sister Vanessa Bell, also... More 

1 Thank nancy r
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Virginia Woolf's home is a little slice of rural bliss . This tiny cottage nestling within a gorgeous garden is well worth a visit and although only a couple of rooms are available to see, the whole ambiance is lovely. Some of the comments about parking etc, are silly. This is a rural spot and a tiny cottage and it... More 

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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Car park easy to find but not the House. 3 other people were wandering around the village looking for it. As it was the notice in the car park said it was closed until April 5th - but no signage to the house.

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

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 must be made. Only small groups are allowed in the house at a time with a docent in each room with you. The tour... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

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 volunteers are so knowledgeable about the house and the history. The gardens are beautiful and even baby who was with us enjoyed exploring.... More 

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Reviewed 1 November 2016

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 a particular way of life in the pre war years,

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

You know you visit a house that belonged to someone who is no more...the chills that you get...that tiny sense of fear...that is something you will not feel at this place. Virginia Woolf is one of my favourite writers & even though she had such a difficult time coping with her illness and the traumatic demise, when you enter the... More 

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

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 beautiful with lovely views over the South Dowms. Although there is car parking close by there are no toilets!

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