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“More to it than you first imagine”
Review of Monk's House

Monk's House
Ranked #5 of 43 things to do in Lewes
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Owner description: Viginia Woolf's country retreat.
Reviewed 16 June 2014

Easy to find (with my satnav) and parking well-signposted. Interesting to see the rooms in the house but the visit is more about the history and its location, the wonderful, free-flowing garden plus the more structured features, the view and the busts of Leonard and Virginia. The old tool shed with the photographs was, for me, the best part and the whole visit was enhanced by readings from Virginia Woolf's short stories by a NT volunteer.

This attraction certainly benefits from being visited on a dry day.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We did not spend much time on the house, being mainly in the garden on a photography course. The gardens were very nice - a bit chaotic in some way, but I guess a garden which would have suited the taste of the Bloomsbury set - especially Virginia Woolf who lived there from 1919 to her death in 1941. Her bedroom which you entered from the garden was a bit unusual.

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

The 17-century Monk’s House in Rodmell was the home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf from 1919 to their death. We loved the house and beautiful gardens, but it was incredible to see photos of the Woolf’s with E.M. Forster, Bertram Russell, T.S. Eliot and William Butler Yates, the Irish poet. Also John Maynard Keynes, the Economist and Charles Lytton Stracher a writer member of the Bloomsbury Group.
One of the NT volunteers we spoke to, mentioned in conversation that she actually knew them!! Her family lived in one of the Woolf’s cottages and her father was Virginia’s gardener!!! So she told us what she was like. Living history, which really added to our visit!! The gardens are huge with wonderful views and there was a lovely feel to the rooms, which we preferred to those at Charleston.
Afterwards, visited the old Church, St Peter’s, which is next to Monk’s House.

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

We came here on a sunny warm spring afternoon and it was heaven. The whole place is so pretty,nestled in the heart of the East Sussex countryside. It is small but perfectly formed, the gardens are a joy and the few rooms in the house that are open are interesting. The volunteers in the rooms are a mine of information and will happily answer any questions you have. We sat in the garden for quite a while enjoying a beautiful spring day, it is well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 7 April 2014

This really is a beautiful place to visit, no shop or restaurant, but who cares, you don't need them. This an NT hidden gem, not open that often, down a tiny country lane. The car park is further than you think, go past the property and it's down on the right. When you turn your engine off, the first thing you notice is complete peace, with birds singing in the trees. The garden is a delight, don't be expecting some large highly manicured NT garden, this is a garden to relax, sit back and contemplate in. It is a garden that completely compliments the house, and you can imagine yesteryear with all the lovely old photos in the garden room at the end of the garden room.

The house, although small, is beautiful and full of history. The guides here, are those perfect guides you want, cheerful, knowledgable, truly committed. They are happy to say hello and leave you alone to look, or give you the full blown history, which was in depth and amazing. They don't force them selves on you, making you feel uncomfortable, which can happen at some of these places. You don't get told to not sit there, don't touch that, or be given that look of I'm watching you, if you try and pop anything in your bag lol We will be revisiting in the summer, to see how the garden looks in full bloom.

Can't recommend enough, go and pay a visit.

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