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Notice: Our cafe will be closing early at 2pm Mon 1 and 2.30pm Tues 2 Dec due to private functions. Last orders 30 mins before closing

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.

Festivities include a selling arts and crafts exhibition at weekends, festive trails for adults and children, visits from Santa in the woodland and much more.

Small charge and pre-booking essential for some activities. Some activities on selected days only.

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Woodland Santa

Woodland Santa at Standen © Roger Bloxham

Woodland Santa at Standen

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.

Christmas carols

Christmas carols in the Barn © NTPL/Paul Harris

Christmas carols in the Barn

Mon 22 Dec 6.30pm
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.
Booking essential on 01342 323029.Tickets £10 adult, £5 child & £20 family.

Advent garden

Jack  © James Masters

Mon 1 - Tues 23 Dec
10am - 4pm

Every day a special feature in the garden and woodland will be highlighted in our advent garden trail.
Each feature has been chosen by our garden team and is something that is special to them.
Pick up a leaflet from visitor reception for a small donation or spot the features in the garden

Christmas crafts

Christmas Crafts Exhibition at Standen © Fleur Grenier

Thurs 4 - Sun 21 Dec (Thurs - Sun only)
11am-3.30pm (Last admission to the house at 3pm).

A selling exhibition of Christmas crafts from Sussex Guild artists including Wendy Dolan, Louise Bell, Simeon Smythe, Fleur Grenier, Kate Pearson and Jo Hackett