Monks House (NT)



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Virginia Woolf lived with her husband Leonard in this charming 17th-century weatherboarded cottage below the South Downs in the sleepy village of Rodmell. In the grounds, which include an orchard, lawns, kitchen garden and walled garden, is Virginia's famous writing room, the 'room of one's own' in which she wrote and slept. The house itself is filled with items reflecting the quirky taste of the couple and the writers and artists who visited, with many works of art by Virginia's sister, artist Vanessa Bell, who lived 5 miles away at Charleston Farmhouse with her husband, Duncan Grant. Virginia herself painted the interior walls in dramatic shades of blue, yellow, green and pomegranate and as she published more novels and became financially successful she made improvements such as rebuilding the kitchen and installing a bath, hot water, two new lavatories and electric fires in the chilly bedrooms. There's a shop selling Woolf-related items.

Monks House (NT)


About the area

Discover East Sussex

East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion. 


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