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 2021 the house and beautiful gardens will be open to the public on a limited timetable, to be announced shortly.

    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 2021

    Our post-Lockdown programme will be announced shortly. We are still showing the details of 2019 activities to give an idea of what we aim to do in a normal year.

    For detailed opening times and admission prices see our website

    Tel: 01273 474760

  • Readings in the garden


    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


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

  • Garden Tour 2019


    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.



  • Courses put on at Monks House

    Wood engraving workshop


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


    Experimental botanical art


    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.



    Workshop: Paint into Stitch


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

    Block printing tote bag workshop

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

    Bloomsbury needlepoint weekend


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


  • 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.