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Monk's House

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Address: Monks House The Street, Lewes BN7 3HF, England
Phone Number: 01323 870001

Viginia Woolf's country retreat.

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Interesting place and lovely garden

As a Virginia Woolf fan I had wanted to visit Monk's House for ages. The garden is lovely; it's huge and has great views of the South Downs but is totally unpretentious. The house... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Louisa H
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As a Virginia Woolf fan I had wanted to visit Monk's House for ages. The garden is lovely; it's huge and has great views of the South Downs but is totally unpretentious. The house is also nice and well-preserved, and is prevented from being too crowded by the volunteers. The volunteers are very well-informed on the Woolfs, especially Malcolm. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a lovely NT property. Due to being a tenanted property there are limited opening hours and only part of the house is open to the public. The garden is accessible, but I would assess that those with mobility problems may struggle. It has lovely views over the surrounding countryside. In the garden is Virginia Woolfs writing room.... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a pretty house in a lovely village. The garden was very attractive and traditional. We knew nothing about the house or Virginia Woolf's life before our visit but read up afterwards. One of the guides also provided an excellent history. It is very atmospheric with quite a surprising interior. We were very pleased that we stopped off... More 

Thank Karen C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very pleasant couple of hours in the afternoon. The house is very sweet and the gardens are lovely. We were really impressed with their kitchen garden which gave us lots of ideasThere was also a reading of a short story by Virginia Woolf that was excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed looking round the gardens at the house and the inside was also nice to see. I recommend stopping if you are travelling near for a brief hour stop.

Thank Tom W
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointing and not up to regular national trust standards. Considering that the property is small the fact that half of it is unavailable for viewing as staff member lives on site is not helpful. Lack of information meant very little was learnt from this visit- especially as we have no prior knowledge of Virginia Wolf's life or work. Highlight... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A visit to Monks House is also a visit to the beautiful downland village of Rodmell near to the historical county town of Lewes. Both are also worth taking the time to explore. Take care driving through the village as there is no pavement and the road is also popular with walkers and local children. Park in the village car... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a long overdue pilgrimage for me, so I feel emotional writing this review. I went by train from London to Lewes on a Sunday and took a taxi to Rodmell which cost about 17 pounds. Because I arrived quite early, I decided to walk to the river Ouse and suddenly realized that I was walking along the same... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This house was very nice, and not that big but worth visiting and seeing Virginia Wolf's life being a writer, she was very practical, she wrote at day time in her little room at the back of the house. At night, when it was cold, she moved to write in her bed room. The garden was nice and good place... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were in East Sussex for a couple of weeks and decided to visit Monks house, the home of Virginia Wolfe. Its at the bottom of a VERY NARROW lane, with very restricted parking, the entrance cost is also a little high for what you can actually see. If you like Virginia Wolfe's books then you will probably see this... More 

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