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Monk's House Garden Studio

nr Lewes, East Sussex

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Set in the garden of Virginia Woolf's country retreat, Monk's House, this pretty studio, makes the ideal base from which to explore Bloomsbury in Sussex. Located in the heart of the beautiful South Downs National Park, the studio is one large sunlit sitting room / bedroom with fabulous views into the garden and to the church beyond. A literary bolthole! Virginia Woolf was inspired to write some of her best known work here.

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The cottage's layout

Ground floor
small kitchen, sitting room / double bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

oil fired central heating. The property is accessed via steps from the garden. Paths throughout the garden are uneven and may be slippery. No private garden but use of Monk's House garden. Parking is in the National Trust Garden located approxiamtely 100 metres from the house.

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  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Garden appeal
  • Unique
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi


Things to see and do nearby

Home Counties
Exterior view of Emley Farm House, Bowlhead Green, Surrey

You could think it may be densely populated and just home to the bustling metropolis of London, but don't underestimate the South East's capacity for hidden charms, secluded landscapes and shady nooks to catch your breath. There's lots to explore from the hazy meadows and pastoral valleys of the South Downs, the dazzling White Cliffs of Dover and the glorious gardens at Sissinghurst and Polesden Lacey.

South Downs
View of a cyclist taking in the scenery of the South Downs Way.  © Leo Mason

The South Downs, having recently acquired status as a National Park roll across the southern coast f England from the historic city of Winchester in the west down to the cliffs at Beachy Head in the east. National Trust places to visit in this area abound, including Petworth House and Park, with its sumptuous interiors and rolling parkland and Uppark House and Gardens, now restored to its former glory after a major fire in 1989, while nearby are Polesden Lacey on the North Downs and Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill. Other attractions in the area include the Cathedral city of Chicester, the historic dockyard at Portsmouth, Goodwood, the home of both horse and motor racing and the seaside resort of Brighton. The South Downs themselves offer wonderful walking and cycling opportunities, all with stunning views of the coastline.

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  • Goodwood and Cowdray Park
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Monk's House
Monk's House Country retreat of the novelist Virginia Woolf
Alfriston Clergy House
Alfriston Clergy House Medieval thatched cottage and picturesque garden
Sheffield Park and Garden
Sheffield Park and Garden Internationally renowned landscape garden and parkland
Wakehurst Place
Wakehurst Place Outstanding botanical garden with world's largest seed conservation project
Nymans Outstanding 20th-century garden, set around a romantic house and ruins, in beautiful woodland
Standen Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Louise Tasker
    • November 2015
    • ....
    Don't change a thing!

    We met accidentally the NT staff member who lives on site and enjoyed talking to her. Also my husband chatted for some time with the gardener and enjoyed the chance to discuss gardening matters. Loved the studio we stayed in. We would spend all day out and about and come back to warm and cosy studio and lock ourselves in with books and chill out. It's one of our favourite things to do and something we rarely get time to do at home. Don't change a thing!! Adore Monks House studio as it is and loved having garden to ourselves once visitors had left and place shut up for day.

  • Anonymous
    • August 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable...

    The location was excellent - walks on the S Downs from the doorstep - and interesting places to visit in the area, e.g. Brighton, Lewes, Charleston Farm. The atmosphere of the Studio in a beautiful garden (which we mostly had to ourselves) was very relaxing. The association with its history - Bloomsbury Group - provided additional interest.

  • Dr Jane Darcy
    • August 2015
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    Loved it so much I came back!

    I stayed at Monk's House in April and loved it so much I want to go back. For me it's the literary associations that particularly matter (not part of your survey, understandably). While there I talked by chance to some Trust members who particularly recommended one or two other properties so I'm going to try those next.

  • Haines
    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable

    we both adored having the garden almost to ourselves when the property was shut and waking up in the morning to see the garden and hear the birds. we enjoyed feeling a proximity to the people who had had the house (Leonard and Virginia Woolf) we know and like the area and the property was in a good place for getting out to see things and to walk we liked the books and maps that were available for us to use

  • Jane Darcy
    • May 2015
    • London
    Special place to stay

    Enchanting and very special place to stay. The Garden Studio was even nicer inside that I'd imagined. Beautifully and thoughtfully furnished. Obviously the Virginia Woolf connection makes Monks house v special indeed. It was lovely that you put out so many of her books to look at.

  • Peter Elliott
    • April 2015
    • Lancs
    Made special by:

    The woolf connection , very good selection of books and leaflets, garden brilliant. Outstanding property excellently maintained.

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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