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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!

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
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi


Things to see and do nearby

South East England
Looking towards the house at Nymans, West Sussex, across the garden with the Dovecote visible at the edge of the Forecourt. Although the house looks ancient it was designed and built in 1923-5. © John Miller

The dense population of the south-east of England may not make it the obvious choice for a holiday destination, but that's to under-estimate or overlook many of its hidden charms. The Isle of Wight may well be the most obvious holiday destination in the area and the short ferry crossing really does take you to a unique holiday destination. Further east, the scenery is varied yet distinctive with the South Downs rolling down to the cliffs at Beachy Head, the sparsely wooded heathland of the Ashdown Forest and the intricate landscapes of the Weald. Closer to London are some gems which equally deserve a weekend away or longer holiday, including the majestic Thames Valley with its magnificent historic houses and beautiful varied countryside, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern England. Kent, meanwhile, deserves its title of the Garden of England and the National Trust protects some of the best stretches of countryside and many fine houses and outstanding gardens. Apart from houses such as Bateman's, much-loved family home of Rudyard Kipling, the enchanting Bodiam Castle, Petworth House and Park with its sumptuous interiors and rolling parkland, Polesden Lacey on the North Downs and Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill, the Trust also owns several glorious gardens including Nymans Garden, Sheffield Park Garden and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

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

  • 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)

  • Caroline McElwee
    • April 2013
    • London
    A Delightful Place To Rest Your Head!

    Whether you are a Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury fan, a walker, or a National Trust aficionado, the Garden Studio at Monks House is a delightful place to rest your head. As a fan of Virginia Woolf I wanted to hear the soundtrack to their lives there, and little will have changed in that regard. The birds are your main air pollution, and what a delightful din.

  • The Van Rompaey Family
    • January 2013
    • Antwerpen
    To be able to stay there during a week was magical

    The past 20 years we walked on the Downs and visited Charleston Farmhouse and Monk's House almost yearly. To be able to stay there during a week was magical. Perfect location, beautiful decoration, magical "Bloomsbury spirit". We really enjoyed our stay in Monk's House garden studio.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • 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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