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“A curiosity”
Review of Monk's House

Monk's House
Ranked #9 of 42 things to do in Lewes
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Owner description: Viginia Woolf's country retreat.
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is worth a visit if you're in the area and interested in V Woolf and Co. The rooms available to see are interesting, if few and small. The garden is a delight, if a bit in need of TLC. I was told that the gardener had just left (not to return...)

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Interesting insight into the lives of Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Charming house, although quite small it is full of original features and furniture. The garden is lovely - just the right size to wander around and ideal to take a picnic hamper and sit and look at the lovely countryside.

The NT volunteers that were there today were very helpful and informative and in some cases their personal links with the property and grounds meant we heard lots of details about the place not in any guides.

It is not of a size where you would spend several hours wandering around but on a sunny day like today a nice place to take a packed lunch and a book to relax after looking at the house and gardens.

1  Thank Sue B
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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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