Monk’s House, Rodmell, East Sussex

I had a plan regarding when I was going to visit Monk’s House in Rodmell.  I had intended to read some of Virginia Woolf’s work first before going there.  This is because Monk’s House was the country retreat of Leonard and Virginia Woolf.

However that plan did not work out.

Instead on a day out with my husband, given that we were already in Rodmell and walking past, we decided to make the most of being right there.  I also went back to the house for a second time in the autumn last year.  This time I went with my teen children, sister and nephew.

The house is small but it is full of interesting things, like this writing desk.

The room that became her bedroom.

A collection of books that Virginia Woolf covered.

This looks like a lovely place to sit.

We spent most time wandering around the garden.

Woolf’s writing room is nestled in the garden.


From the side.


Inside the writing room there is an interesting collection of photos of literati who came to visit the Woolfs during their times in Sussex.





The village church over the wall.


You may even time your visit so you can enjoy listening to a reading from one of Virginia Woolf’s books.

It is best to visit the National Trust’s website to see when the house and garden are open to the public.

Contact details:

  • Address:        Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3HF
  • Telephone:     01273 474760
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  • Philippa Challis

    Can you believe it, I’ve never visited the house.

    • Ken Powell

      Nup, can’t believe that 🤣

    • I can Pip, because of how long it took me to get there 🙂

  • Ken Powell

    OK, next time we go in rather than peeping over the fence 😂😂

  • I confess I’ve never read anything by Virginia Woolf, but I’m smitten by the garden here. 🙂

    • Would you like to read any of her books Krista? It is a lovely garden 🙂

      • Perhaps one day, Cathy. 🙂 I’m on a YA kick at the moment, and she doesn’t quite fit into that. 🙂