Knole’s bookshop is open all year round, selling a range of novels, specialist books and gifts.
It takes its inspiration from Knole’s role as a hub for the leading British artists and writers of the twentieth century. Edward ‘Eddy’ Sackville-West lived at Knole from 1926-1940, occupying a private apartment in the Gatehouse Tower.
Eddy was a musician, journalist, writer and heir to Knole. His Gatehouse Tower visitor book shows that he entertained many of his close friends at Knole, which included Bloomsbury (and other avant-garde) writers such as Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, Aldous Huxley and James Lees-Milne, alongside painters including Duncan Grant, John Banting and Graham Sutherland.
The interiors and collections of Eddy Sackville-West’s Gatehouse Tower apartment at Knole have influenced the design of the bookshop. Eddy's private rooms in the Gatehouse Tower opened to visitors for the very first time in June 2016.
The bookshop also offers a range of greetings cards, stationary, souvenirs and gifts, as well as a new dedicated children's area.