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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

Come and see a family home and garden brought to life in this gem of the Arts & Crafts Movement, hidden at the end of a quiet Sussex lane, with views over the Ashdown Forest and Weirwood Reservoir.

Built in the 1890s, Standen today tells the story of family life during the 1920's in a unique setting. The design of the house is a monument to the combined genius of architect Philip Webb and his friend William Morris. All the big names of the Arts & Crafts period are represented in the house interiors, including ceramics by William De Morgan and metalwork by W. A. S. Benson.

Our hillside gardens are being restored to the Arts & Crafts inspired garden developed by Mrs Beale, owner of Standen. Using her diaries, lost garden features and a historic plant collection will return the gardens to their heyday, providing year round interest for the garden enthusiast. On the wider estate, footpaths and self guided walks lead out into our ancient woodlands and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

New for 2014, well behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in the formal gardens.

Autumn colour

Acers in the garden at Standen

Acers in the garden at Standen

Autumn colour has arrived at Standen and to celebrate we have a range of activities designed to capture the season.

Come along to an Autumn colour event or pick up an estate walk leaflet from reception during your visit.

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Helen Beale in the First World War

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

Sat 19 July - Sun 16 Nov
11am- 4pm (Mon & Tues 1.30pm - 4pm outside school holidays )
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

11am-4pm (Mon & Tues 1.30pm-4pm outside school holidays. Access by guided tour only weekdays in Nov)

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

Normal admission applies

Woodland art

Magic-lore by local artist Bleau-Shanay Hudson on view at Standen © Bleau-Shanay Hudson

Sat 18 Oct - Sun 2 Nov

11am-4pm (Mon & Tues outside of school holidays 1.30pm-4pm).

Selling exhibition of art inspired by trees and woodlands, from artist Bleau-Shanay Hudson.

Normal admission applies.

Hallowe'en fun

Halloween Bat Upton © Upton House & Gardens

Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov

Join us for half term Hallowe'en fun including spooky make & take crafts and woodland art, bat walks and much more.

Normal admission plus £ for some activities. Full details can be found in our events listing.

Lecture lunches

Halloween Bat Upton © 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 tours

Standenâ¿¿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. Tours will leave every 30 mins with timed tickets available on arrival from Visitor Reception.

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