Monk’s House was the home of the novelist Virginia Woolf and her husband, Leonard.
Virginia Woolf is perhaps the chief reason why most people outside the area have heard of Rodmell. The Woolfs bought the house in 1919 as a country retreat from London, and for over two decades the Sussex countryside inspired Virginia Woolf’s writing. Leonard Woolf continued to live here in Rodmell until he died in 1969.
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Monk’s House is now owned by National Trust, and a member of staff lives at the property. In 2023 the house and beautiful gardens will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday, 12.30 to 5.00pm.
The Reception area and small shop, where you buy tickets for visiting Monk’s House and Garden, also has many attractive souvenirs and books relating to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group. The shop has had a bit of a revamp and now contains many Bloomsbury related products. There are lots of new books, prints and cards. As last year, the shop will also stock ice cream.
READINGS IN THE GARDEN
Listen to an extract from Virginia Woolf’s works in her own garden, throughout the season.
Normal admission applies
You can also visit nearby Charleston Farmhouse.
Charleston was the home of Virginia Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Bell, and was the country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style.
There is a Charleston Festival which runs annually during May.
Charleston is sign-posted off the A27 Brighton to Eastbourne road, 7 miles east of Lewes, between the villages of Firle and Selmeston. It is not easy to reach by public transport, but there is free parking.