What happens at Monk's House in winter?

Book conservation at Monk's House, East Sussex

Whilst there is a lot of tea drunk during our closed season, we are busier than ever taking care of the collection and preparing the property as well as the team for the next season.

From November to March we tackle all of the jobs which are a little too difficult when we are open. This ranges from reseeding the lawns, researching our property story and training our team.

Putting the house to bed.....and waking it up again

As soon as the house closes we wrap and cover the items in the collection to protect them during the closed season. This year we will continue to improve our database system about each object within the house. In March we give each item a thorough clean before opening the doors to the public again on 3 Apr 2019.


Each winter we plan an exciting season of events for the coming year ahead. In 2019 we will be celebrating the anniversary of 100 years since the Woolf's purchased Monk's House. Look at our events pages in the new year to see our range of creative workshops, garden events, tours and readings.


Gardens never stop growing. There is still a lot to do in the garden during the winter months. We set about planting almost a thousand bulbs ready for our spring display. The cottage garden borders are cut back and mulched. The orchard gets a prune each January/ February and annual seeds are sewn early to give them a strong start. We have two larger garden projects to complete over the winter, see our progress when we open again in 2019.

Research is key

There is an enormous amount of information to share with our visitors about Virginia and Leonard Woolf and their life at Monk's House. We discover new information each day. Each winter we continue our research into the lives of the Woolfs with the hope of sharing that with our visitors when we reopen.