Opening times for 30 November 2023
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Second hand bookshop. NEW for 2022
Dogs allowed in garden on lead. No dog bins
Located 100 yards further on from the property on right hand side of The Street (the main thoroughfare through Rodmell). Space for 28 cars. 1 disabled space and bicycle parking. Height restriction barrier of 6ft 6 or 198cm. Motorhomes and caravan owners will need to find space elsewhere in village, though roads are narrow and need to be passable by tractors.
Small area selling guidebooks, postcards and some second hand books.
Limited car parking 100 yards further on. Steps and uneven paths. Two helpers required for lifting wheelchairs into house. Visitor toilet is small outdoor privy. Dogs in garden on short leads only.
Braille (guide or menu)
Short braille guide available from visitor reception
A chair is available in each room of the house if required.
1 small space directly opposite entrance to main car park.
Pathways are narrow and uneven. Paths are slippery when wet.
Outside garage (visitor reception).
Rodmell is a small rural village located roughly 4 miles south of Lewes and 5 miles north of Newhaven on the C7 road.
Approaching from the A27
From the West (Brighton, London) journey along the A27 and at the first Lewes roundabout take the third exit signposted 'Kingston' (height and weight restrictions apply on this road). From the opposite direction (Eastbourne, Hastings) travel along the A27 ignoring initial exits for Lewes until you reach a roundabout signed posted Lewes right and Kingston left. Take the first exit left to Kingston. Continue through the village of Kingston until you reach the junction with the C7 road (signposted Lewes left and Newhaven right). Turn right and follow this road until you reach Rodmell. Take the first road on the left after the Abergavenny Arms public house, signposted 'The Street'. Monk's House is located 400 yards further down on the right hand side. The National Trust car park is located 100 yards further on. Please try to avoid parking on the lane, as these spaces are intended for Rodmell residents.
Approaching from the A259
From the West (Brighton) as you enter Newhaven the A259 descends and merges with the one-way system from your right. Stay in the left hand lane and take the immediate left signposted Rodmell. From the East (Seaford, Eastbourne) enter Newhaven crossing over the river and you will merge into the one-way system that circles the main town centre. Ignore the exit for Brighton and take the next exit on your left signposted Rodmell.Continue along the C7 road until you reach the village of Rodmell. Take the road on your right before the Abergavenny Arms public house, signposted 'The Street'. Monk's House is located 400 yards further down on the right hand side. The National Trust car park is located 100 yards further on. Please try to avoid parking on the lane, as these spaces are intended for Rodmell residents. Please note there is no access from A26.
Parking: Parking located 100 yards further on from property. One designated disabled space. Height restriction barrier of 6ft 6 or 198cm.
Sat Nav: The postcode for Monk's House is unsuitable for use with Satellite Navigation devices as it more often than not guides users down the A26 and across an impassable railway crossing.
There are many ways to visit us without bringing the car. Walk in Virginia's footsteps along the river from Southease railway station or Lewes. If you're feeling a little more energetic hike the South Downs Way or take a walk to Charleston Farmhouse , the home of Virginia's sister Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. There are a variety of routes available to suit all abilities. Walkers are welcome to leave their day packs at our visitor reception.
The nearest mainline station is in Lewes, where trains run from London (Victoria Station), Brighton, and Eastbourne. Southern Trains also stop at Southease Station which is convenient for local residents and walkers. It is a pleasant walk (approx 1.5 mile) along the river and through the water meadows to Rodmell or via the village of Southease. We advise consulting a map before travel as Monk's House is not signposted once you alight at these rural stations. Train timetables for journeys to Lewes and Brighton, or to Newhaven and Seaford, can be found Southern Railways
There are two buses which serve Rodmell, the 123 and the 130. The 130 is a weekday service from Rodmell to Brighton Station only. The main service is the 123 bus travelling in both directions Lewes to Newhaven. It operates 7 days per week and stops near the Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell, just a short walk from Monk's House. Details of times can be found on the national travel web site, Traveline. Also one can load down an app which links with Traveline and is very easy to use: http://www.traveline.info or http://www.buschecker.com/?app=UK You can also plan your bus travel in East Sussex on this web site: http://www.cartogold.co.uk/eastsussextransport/map.htm This site is particularly useful if you're planning onward journeys connecting by bus. The 123 operates from Lewes Rail Station and Lewes Bus Station as well as from Newhaven Rail Station where it connects with rail services and coastal bus services.
If you like to cycle then Monk's House is an ideal destination. Rodmell is a short ride off the South Downs Way and made easily accessible by the creation of The Egrets Way from Newhaven and Lewes. There are a variety of routes available for different abilities. You are welcome to leave your day packs in our visitor reception. We also have a bike pump and repair kit available for use.
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