Homage to the stylish movement of Arts and Crafts
We’re off exploring another beautiful National Trust site in West Sussex, and this time we are visiting Standen House and Gardens, a rural retreat just south of East Grinstead.
Standen House is a magnificent Arts and Crafts styled family home awash with stylish modern designs and exquisite interiors crafted by Morris & Co. The attention to detail that the National Trust has maintained is exceptional.
It was such a pleasure exploring the interior of Standen House and the gardens, particularly wending our way amongst the delightful vegetable patches of the kitchen garden. And, of course, enjoying the exceptional views across the Wealden countryside and Ashdown Forest beyond.
Visiting Standen House and Garden will also allow you the opportunity to head to another National Trust historic home, Nymans House.
So, let’s grab our National Trust cards and explore Standen House and Garden.
Where is Standen House & Garden
How to get to Standen House & Garden
Standen House postcode is RH19 4NE or you can find it by using What3words ///bought.piano.sake
- By Train
The nearest mainline station to Standen House and Garden is East Grinstead, 2 miles away. A taxi rank is at the station.
- By Car
Standen House in West Sussex is 2 miles south of East Grinstead, just off the West Hoathly Road. The site is signposted from the town centre.
There’s a free car park for National Trust members; parking charges may apply to non-members.
A little bit of history on Standen HouseThe Beale family home
Immediately after the land was acquired, the Beale’s began implementing plans for the house and garden and planting the 12-acre Arts and Crafts hillside retreat. The barns and stables that remained from the old farmsteads were blended with the surroundings to create a further character.
The Beale’s primary residence was in Holland Park, London; however, over the years, Standen House became a firm favourite with their grandchildren and future retirement.
James Beale and the architect Philip Webb drew up in-depth plans for the Arts and Crafts house, revised many times to create the perfect modern country home. Standen House is designed using locally quarried sandstone and materials in the Wealden vernacular style.
The interior design of Standen House embraced the flair and creativity of William Morris and is a stunning example of the originality of the Arts and Crafts movement. The eye-catching fabrics and furnishings, along with William Morris carpets and decorative tiles, can be seen throughout the house.
Visiting Standen HouseCapturing a moment in time
As you step into Standen House, you’re immediately greeted with a smile from the welcoming National Trust volunteers, ready to impart the house’s fascinating history and bring the Beale family home to life.
You’re able to observe the house just how the Beale’s may have used it, read excerpts from diary entries and personal letters, and embrace the delights of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Where to stay near Standen House
Exploring the Beale family homeStyle and grace throughout
The next room we entered was the stunning billiard room, lined with bespoke, integrated bookshelves and innovative brass electric light fittings suspended above the billiard table.
You’ll spot fine pieces of Morris wallpaper produced exclusively for Standen House in the billiard room. There’s a charming, raised seating alcove to gain the optimal view of the billiard game unfolding ahead.
Stepping out of the billiard room, we wend our way to the beautiful conservatory with incredible views across the terrace and gardens beyond.
Next to the conservatory is the light and airy Drawing Room enjoying the same beautiful views across the garden and Medway Valley.
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Upstairs and Downstairs in Standen HouseA loving family home
As we head back down the elegant wooden staircase, we wend our way to the exquisite Dining Room, which has remained relatively unchanged. Not every home could carry off the wonderful green wood-panelled walls; however, it looks sophisticated in Standen House.
Throughout the dining room are rows and rows of blue and white China plates and a handsome portrait of James Beale.
Hiking the West Sussex Countryside
Nymans is located in the lush county of West Sussex. This region of England, along with the South Downs and the Wealden countryside, is perfect for hikes. To explore the delightful circular walks in this region, you’ll want the Ordnance Survey Pathfinder guidebook no. 66.
Alternatively, why not purchase and download the OS Maps App, which covers all of Great Britain.
Exploring Standen’s GardenDiscover the Quarry Garden
As you approach Standen House, you instantly feel relaxed with deckchairs laid out across the lawn at Goose Green to welcome you and, thankfully, no geese.
What could be better than a calming rest overlooking the West Sussex countryside with a beverage from the Barn Café?
Just off the elegant main terrace is the secluded and almost hidden away Quarry Garden. This beautiful garden is a haven for delicate, feathery ferns, azaleas, and many shade-loving plants.
It is also a delightful spot to sit and enjoy a welcoming canopy shade from the midday sun.
Stepping onto the sun-kissed terrace, you can immediately appreciate why the Beale family loved this part of West Sussex with the views across the Medway Valley and Ashdown Forest.
Today the magnificent National Trust gardeners at Standen House keep the stunning gardens looking exquisite all year round. I wish I had a team of gardeners helping me with my garden.
Discovering more National Trust gardens
A tranquil haven in West SussexFrom honeybees to artichokes
A short hop along from the orchard is one of my favourite spots, and that’s the Kitchen Garden, which is conveniently located close to the house.
Once, the kitchen garden spanned across almost three acres of Standen House, nearly a quarter of the estate’s gardens.
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