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Notice: Due to external decoration work, we currently have scaffolding erected on the northern side of the house. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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. 

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

November tours

Standen’s restored kitchen range is regularly fired up

Mon 3 Nov - Fri 28 Nov

11am - 3pm (Mon - Fri only)

Throughout weekdays in November access to the house will be as part of a 45 minute taster tour. The first tour leaves at 11am, then every 30 mins until 2.30pm. Timed tickets available on arrival from Visitor Reception. 15 visitors per tour.

At weekends the house will remain free flow between 11am-3pm.

Autumn colour

Autumn colour has arrived at Standen.

Estate walk leaflets are available from reception.

Water tower tours, available on Thursdays and Sundays, allow an opportunity to view the autumn colour from above. Tour tickets are £2pp and available from visitor reception.

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Lecture lunches

 © National Trust

Fri 21 - Fri 28 Nov (Selected dates)


Includes lecture in the house, coffee and two course seasonal light lunch.

Varied programme explores the worlds of architecture, art, literature and the Standen garden.

November lecture lunches at Standen


Stargazing at night with telescopes © The Secret Studio / Steve Sayers

Fri 28 Nov
7.30pm- 9.30pm

Join us for an evening of astronomy, stargazing and astrophotography demonstrations with Flamsteed Astronomy Society.

£10 per person including hot drink and a biscuit. Adults aged 16+. Booking essential on 01342 323029.

A family Christmas

The Drawing Room is set for a cosy family Christmas © NTPL/John Miller

Sat 29 Nov - Sun 4 Jan

See the House decorated in 1920s festive style for a traditional Beale family Christmas. Festivities include selling arts and crafts exhibition, festive trails, visits from Santa and much more.

Small charge for some activities.

Woodland Santa

Woodland Santa at Standen © Roger Bloxham

Weekends 6/7, 13/14, 20/21, Mon 22 & Tues 23 Dec
11am & 2pm

Join Santa at the woodland plantation for hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Includes a traditional wooden toy gift.
£3.50 per child. Booking essential 01342 323029.

Helen Beale in the First World War

Helen Beale in her nurse uniform during the First World War. 

Sat 19 July - Wed 31 Dec
Sat & Sun 11am- 3pm

Exhibition looking at the letters and work of Helen Beale, who grew up at Standen but worked as a nurse during the First World War.
Normal admission applies.

Between the Covers

Illustration featured in Between the Covers exhibition at Standen 

Mon 1 Sept - Sun 16 Nov

Sat & Sun11am-3pm

An exhibition showcasing Standen's book collection including illustrations from the Golden Age of Illustration.

Normal admission applies