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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.

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
Montacute House
Montacute House Magnificent Elizabethan Ham-stone house, incorporating National Portrait Gallery exhibition, garden and park
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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • 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.

  • Caroline McElwee
    • April 2015
    • UK
    Made special by:

    I'm a fan of Virginia and Leanord Woolf and their friends, so enjoy spending time in their home. As I have no garden of my own, having access to this garden is a joy. I didn't have cause to the services of staff on this visit, but they were always friendly when met in passing. I was interested to meet the Performance Artist working at Monks House, and glad that the National Trust was flexible enough to admit a creative event.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
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    Beautifully presented cottage

    We wanted a short break in the new year to take breath after the Christmas seasonal merriments. To walk, to read, to rest. Monk's House Garden Studio was just the perfect place for us. And only an hour or so from London. Lovely welcome card from the caretaker. Beautifully presented cottage.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
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    Fabulous stay

    Fabulous, peaceful stay. Definitely come again Peace and quiet (off season)

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