Arts and Crafts family home with William Morris interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden.

Come and see this National Trust family home and garden brought to life in this gem of the Arts & Crafts Movement, hidden at the end of a quiet Sussex lane, with views over the Ashdown Forest and Weirwood Reservoir.

Built in the 1890s, Standen today tells the story of family life during the 1920’s in a unique setting. The design of the house is a monument to the combined genius of architect Philip Webb and his friend William Morris. All the big names of the Arts & Crafts period are represented in the house interiors, including ceramics by William De Morgan and metalwork by W. A. S. Benson. Today you can see the house set for a weekend visit in the 1920s. Follow the story of the Beale family over a 24 hour period as they enjoy breakfast in bed and welcome guests for afternoon tea and provide musical entertainment. Throughout December, Standen will be decorated for a traditional Beale family Christmas complete with trails, exhibitions and festive décor of the period.

Standen Garden

Our hillside gardens are being restored to the Arts & Crafts inspired garden developed by Mrs Beale, owner of Standen. Using her diaries, lost garden features and a historic plant collection will return the gardens to their heyday, providing year round interest for the garden enthusiast. Garden tours are often scheduled to provide an introduction to the garden and the exciting revival project.

On the wider estate, footpaths and self-guided walks lead out into our ancient woodlands and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This autumn woodland walks and photography workshops are planned to provide an interesting opportunity to take full advantage of the Standen estate. Well behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in the formal gardens. Picnicking is also welcome in all areas of the Standen gardens and woodlands.

The beautiful 18th century barn is home to the licensed café, serving breakfast, hot meals and lighter snacks. The Barn café is a great place to sample seasonal dishes made with food grown in the Kitchen Garden. A tempting array of cakes, ice creams and children’s lunch boxes are also available.

In the shop you can find a range of Arts & Crafts and Morris & Co inspired gifts, textiles and ceramics, souvenirs and locally produced wine, chocolate and beer. Also available to take home are bottles of Standen Grande, a sparkling wine produced on the former estate and only available to purchase at Standen.

For more information about admission prices, events, opening times and access, please visit our website.