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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.

A family Christmas

Visit at Christmas to see the 1920s decorated house

Visit at Christmas to see the 1920s decorated house

Sat 29 Nov - Sun 4 Jan
10am-4pm (House open 11am, last admission 3pm)

See the House decorated in 1920s festive style for a traditional Beale family Christmas, enjoy a festive trail to win a prize and explore the features of the Advent Garden (leaflet available from reception).

Please note: between 26 Dec - 4 Jan, access to house maybe by guided tour only. 

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Carols in the barn

Mon 22 Dec

East Grinstead's Meridian Voices choir will be performing a Christmas Carol concert in the Barn Café. Get in the festive spirit with carols, a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.

Tickets £10 adult, £5 child & £20 family.
Booking essential on 01342 323029. 

Festive walks

Come for a walk this Christmas © John Millar

Fri 26 Dec - Sun 4 Jan
Daily 11.00am
Everyday between Boxing day and 4 Jan join us for a free guided walk of the garden or woodland to walk off the mince pies or just enjoy some fresh air.

Meet at 11am, tours will last for 1-1.5hours.

Wear suitable footwear for muddy paths, dogs on leads welcome


January opening

The Water Tower, Standen

 5 Jan - 13 Feb every Monday to Friday
11am - 2.30pm

Join a behind the scenes tour every weekday in Jan and early Feb and see parts of Standen not usually open to the public. Tours depart every 30 mins between 11am - 2.30pm, lasting an hour. Collect your timed tickets on arrival. Please note that tours are not suitable for children and involve many steps enroute

The main house will be open at weekends only 11am-3pm.