Garden at Monk’s House.
Today would have been Virginia Woolf’s 113th birthday. To honour this, with Wiki’s help, here are the deets on a place you can visit to pay tribute to her the next time you’re in England: Monk’s House, a 17th century cottage located in Rodmell, a town several miles south east of Lewes, Sussex (where incidentally, my grandmother spent the last 20 years of her life).
“The solitude of village life allowed Virginia respite from the tumult of London, and it was in the small wooden lodge at the bottom of the garden that many of her novels took shape. Her final novel, Between the Acts, published posthumously in July 1941, is steeped in references to Rodmell and the traditions and values of its villagers.”
Virginia documented her life at the house in photographs. Preserved in the Monk’s House Albums, these include portraits and group pictures of many who visited the house. In March 1941, Virginia committed suicide by drowning herself in the nearby Ouse.
Upon her husband Leonard’s death in 1969 the house was bequeathed to his close friend, the artist Trekkie Parsons, who sold it to the University of Sussex in 1972. It was turned over to the National Trust in 1980, and is open to the public. The ground floor, including sitting room, dining room, kitchen and Virginia’s bedroom, is on display and Virginia’s writing lodge can be found at the bottom of the garden with views across to Mount Caburn.