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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.

Note: 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.


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.

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A family Christmas

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

Sat 29 Nov - Sun 4 Jan
11am-4pm (House open 11am-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.

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.