Things to see and do at Monk's House

sitting room at Monk's House, East Sussex

Nestled in the heart of rural Sussex, Monk’s House is a tranquil 16th-century weather-boarded cottage which was inhabited by Leonard and his novelist wife Virginia Woolf from 1919 until Leonard's death in 1969.

The house

The house is filled with an extensive collection once owned by the house's most famous former owners, Virginia and Leonard Woolf.  Jam packed with character, the house carries the spirit of not just Leonard and Virginia but also the many artists, writers and thinkers who visited.

The garden

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.

The writing lodge

A hidden retreat in the garden,come and explore the atmosphere of Virginia’s famous writing lodge.
There are stunning views of the garden and the rugged South Downs, which inspired much of Virginia’s work including a short story called ‘The Orchard’. She would spend at least 3 hours a day here and sleep there on fine summer evenings.

Gift shop

Our gift shop has an interesting variety of products which make ideal gifts. We've an extensive range of Virginia Woolf books in stock, Virginia Woolf memorabilia and beautiful local products so there's something for everyone to browse and buy.