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Notice: Monk's House car park will be closed from 8am on Sunday 21 June 2015 for strimming and clearance work. It will reopen shortly before the property opens at noon on the same day.

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.

Summer events

We have a great selection of events coming up from bookbinding to lectures. All events take inspiration from the wonderful house and garden at Monk's House. 

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