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Leonard and Virginia Woolf's 17th-century country retreat

Nestled in the heart  of rural Sussex, Monk’s House is a tranquil 17th-century weatherboarded cottage inhabited by Leonard and the novelist Virginia Woolf from 1919 until Leonards death in 1969.

Get to know Leonard and Virginia Woolf and the wider Bloomsbury Group by visiting Monk's House. Full of their favourite things, the house appears as if they just stepped out for a walk.

The Woolfs bought Monk's House for the 'shape and fertlity and wildness of the garden'. Today, the lovely cottage garden contains a mix of flowers, vegetables, orchards, lawns and ponds.

Useful information:

Monk's House is a small house and occasionally we have to limit numbers to avoid overcrowding and to protect the interior, so there can sometimes be a wait to enter the house.


The house is jam packed with character and the spirit of not just Leonard and Virginia but also the many artists, writers and thinkers who visited Monk's House.


The flower walk in the garden at Monkâ¿¿s House

Leonard Woolf was a keen gardener whilst Virginia took much inspiration from the garden for her works. Virginia's famous writing room is at the bottom of the garden and offers the perfect tranquil spot in which to write.

Bus, bike or boot?

There are many ways to visit us without bringing a car. Walk in Virginia's footsteps or even reach us by bike from the South Downs Way.

Our next event

Friday 1 August

Summer Lecture Series - Virginia Woolf and the Perils of Hindsight

All tickets £10

Fascinating talk that will focus on Virginia Woolf's relationship with Sigmund Freud in the context of Woolf's own life-long battle with mental illness.

Book tickets online now

Virginia's Portrait

The painting by Vanessa Bell of Virginia has now been moved to its temporary home at the National Portrait Gallery for the fascinating exhibition Virginia Woolf Art, Life and Vision. Don’t worry though as we've a wonderful copy on show here at Monk's House.  Look out for our surprise visitor.

Dogs welcome

Dog walking on the South Downs

We're located just off the South Downs Way and surrounded by the beautiful Downs. Dogs are welcome on a short lead in the garden at Monk's House. Poo bags provided along with a doggy treat.