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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.


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.

Spring Blossom

Enjoy the Spring blossom and flowers in the garden at Monk’s House

Enjoy the Spring blossom and flowers in the garden at Monk’s House

Grab a deckchair, bring your picnic and enjoy the beautiful spring weather in our orchard here at Monk's House. The blossom is at its best during April and May. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, we'll be holding readings in the garden so do come along to hear some of Virginia's most famous works in situ.

Easter Trail

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

Fri 18 April - Mon 21 April

Follow our Easter trail around the garden and claim your tasty Cadbury chocolate Egghead reward.

  • £1.50 per trail plus normal admission.