Monk's House

  • Monk’s House was the home of the novelist Virginia Woolf and her husband, Leonard.

    Virginia Woolf is perhaps the chief reason why most people outside the area have heard of Rodmell. The Woolfs bought the house in 1919 as a country retreat from London, and for over two decades the Sussex countryside inspired Virginia Woolf’s writing. Leonard Woolf continued to live here in Rodmell until he died in 1969.

    We list below some of the regular events held at Monk’s House, but these are only a few of the many specialised events that take place over the year. In the coming year courses are planned on creative writing, botanical drawing with Vicky Mappin, wood engraving with Keith Pettit, block print, a tote bag workshop, and Bloomsbury needlepoint with Emily Peacock.

    Full details of all these events are listed on the website:

    For more details or to book any of the events listed below, please contact the property on 01273 474760 or email us at

  • Monk’s House is now owned by National Trust, and a member of staff lives at the property. In 2019 the house and beautiful gardens are open to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays, between 3 Apr – 27 Oct, including Bank Holidays.

    The Reception area and small shop, where you buy tickets for visiting Monk’s House and Garden, also has many attractive souvenirs and books relating to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group. The shop has had a bit of a revamp and now contains many Bloomsbury related products. There are lots of new books, prints and cards. As last year, the shop will also stock ice cream.

  • Monk’s House Events 2019

    We are open for the season from , Wed – Sun
    1-5pm (4.45pm last entry)

    This year we are celebrating 100 years since Leonard and Virginia Woolf purchased Monk’s House, their writing retreat in the Sussex countryside.

    For detailed opening times and admission prices see our website

    Tel: 01273 474760

  • Readings in the garden

    Every Wed & Sat 2pm & 3.30pm

    Listen to an extract from Virginia Woolf’s works in her own garden. Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the season.

    Normal admission applies

  • Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt

    Fri 19 – Mon 22 Apr 12.30-5pm

    Discover our birds and bees nature trail, answer all the questions to earn a tasty reward.

    £2 per trail, normal admission applies

  • Garden Tour 2019

    Fri 26 Apr 3-4pm & last Fri of every month

    Find out more about the garden which inspired the Woolf’s to buy Monk’s House 100 years ago.

    Normal admission applies

  • Twilight Tour 

    Ever wondered what Monk’s House is like after the visitors have all gone home? Now is your chance to find out. Join us for an out of hours tour and experience the wonderful evening atmosphere of this Bloomsbury house at twilight. This evening gains you exclusive access to Monk’s House, with a welcome drink, and places on this tour are strictly limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

    Thu 16 May & Thu 23 May 7-8.30pm

    £17.50  Booking essential on 01273 474760

  • Courses you can do at Monks House this year

    Wood engraving workshop

    Thu 18 & Fri 19 Jul  10am-5pm

    Keith Pettit returns for his popular 2-day course making your own wood block print inspired by Monk’s House.

    £155 Bookings  0344 249 1895

    Experimental botanical art

    Fri 2 Aug  10am-4pm

    Experiment with line and colour as you explore the art of botanical painting and drawing in Monk’s House garden, taking inspiration from natures specimens.

    £160 Bookings  0344 249 1895


    Workshop: Paint into Stitch

    Wed 14 Aug, 10am-4pm

    Caroline Zoob returns for an embroidery workshop of Monk’s House garden using silk paints and beautiful threads.

    £95  Bookings  0344 249 1895

    Block printing tote bag workshop

    Fri 30 Aug  10am-4pm

    Dabble in the art of block printing to make your own Monk’s House inspired tote bag to fill with books!

    £55 Bookings  0344 249 1895

    Bloomsbury needlepoint weekend

    Sat 14 & Sun 15 Sep  10am-4pm

    Join Emily Peacock for a creative weekend exploring Bloomsbury design in your own needlecraft.

    £115 Bookings  0344 249 1895

  • You can also visit nearby Charleston Farmhouse.

    Charleston was the home of Virginia Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Bell, and was the country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style.

    There is a Charleston Festival which runs annually during May.

    Charleston is sign-posted off the A27 Brighton to Eastbourne road, 7 miles east of Lewes, between the villages of Firle and Selmeston. It is not easy to reach by public transport, but there is free parking.