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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.

Summer garden

Autumn colour in the House Terrace borders at Standen

Visit the gardens this summer and see colourful herbaceous borders, fruit & vegetables in the kitchen garden and wild flowers in the woodlands.

Join a mid-week garden tour (subject to availability) and hear about Standen Revival our exciting garden restoration project

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 in East Grinstead and France during the First World War.
Normal admission applies.

Morris & Co. revival

Golden Lilly design, by kind permission of Morris  © Morris & Co.

Sat 31 May - Sun 31 Aug
11am - 4pm
. (Mon & Tues outside of school holidays 1.30pm - 4pm)

Discover the turbulent modern history of Morris & Co. from unfashionable and dated in the 1950's, to the iconic and enduring brand we know today.

Normal admission applies

Fundraising jacket auction

Replica Morris  © Roger Bloxham

We are auctioning the replica Morris & Co style Golden Lily jacket which has featured in our recent exhibition 'Morris & Co revival'. Funds raised will help to support our conservation project to restore original Morris & Co wallpaper in the house.

The auction will go live 22 August.

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Selling exhibition

Vase from latest selling exhibition ’Useful

Useful & Beautiful XI
Sat 9 - Sat 23 Jul

11am - 4pm

A selling exhibition of mixed media work by artists of the Sussex Guild. Why not treat yourself or spoil someone else with a gift?

50 things adventures

Tick off 50 things activities in our garden and woodland. You can roll down a really big hill, build a den or track wild animals.

Pick up a scrapbook from the apple store and collect your stickers from visitor reception.

Summer family fun

You are welcome to picnic in the garden.

Why not join us this summer for picnics in the garden, croquet, woodland walks, trails and much more. Dogs are welcome on leads for a family stroll too.

Activity days include woodland art, pond dipping and make & take crafts (small charge).

Check our families page to see what's on offer this summer.