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

James and Margaret Beale chose an idyllic location with views across the Sussex countryside for their rural retreat. Designed by Philip Webb, the house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co. interiors creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The house is dressed for a weekend stay in 1925, so you can imagine you are a guest of the family.

A major restoration of the 5-hectare (12-acre) hillside garden showcases year-round seasonal highlights and an award-winning plant collection. On the wider estate, footpaths lead out into the woodlands, Ashdown Forest and wider High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Note: Well behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in the formal gardens.

Super summer fun

Come and enjoy a game of croquet in the garden

Come and enjoy a game of croquet in the garden

Wed 22 July - Wed 2 Sept
Fun family activities in the house and garden. Plantation play area, the Little Room and traditional toys and games available on Goose Green and the Croquet Lawn to inspire our younger visitors.

House & Garden trails available daily (£1 each trail  with prize). Activities available every Wednesday (11am-3pm) from Wed 29 July, small charge for activities.

Regrettably pond dipping has been cancelled due to weather conditions. 

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Summer garden

Throughout the summer you'll find the gardens at Standen full of colour with striking plant schemes and a haven for wildlife. 

From the kitchen garden in full production to the colourful house terrace, secret quarry garden and the wild flower lawns there is something for every garden enthusiast to enjoy. 

Parts of our garden are undergoing restoration during our five year project to restore them to their 1920s glory. Talk to our gardeners or join garden tour to find out more details. 

Celebrating Philip Webb

Philip Speakman Webb by Charles Fairfax Murray

Philip Speakman Webb by Charles Fairfax Murray

Architect of design exhibition
Sat 1 Aug – Sun 15 Nov

11am-4pm (Mon & Tues from 1.30pm outside school holidays. Weekends only in Nov).
An exhibition celebrating the genius of Philip Webb, designer of Standen with showpiece items never seen on display at Standen before. 

This year we are marking the centenary of the death of Philip Webb, Standen's architect and designer with an exhibition and autumn lecture programme.