What to expect on your visit to Standen House

Daybed upholstered in the original gold embossed velvet, designed by Agnes and Rhoda Garrett, c.1870.

Designed by Philip Webb, taking inspiration from the local Sussex vernacular, and furnished by Morris & Co., Standen was the Beales’ country retreat from 1894.

Standen House is open

We are delighted that our House is open. Things might feel a little different, as we've put new measures in place to keep everybody safe:

  • Please give other visitors and our room guides plenty of space.

  • Please note that you may have to queue before entering the house.

  • There is a one-way system through the ground floor of the house only. The upstairs is partially open. 

  • Hand sanitiser is available at the house entrance. 

  • Surfaces, including display cases, are sanitised regularly throughout the day. For your safety, please avoid touching surfaces as much as you can. 

  • In England, wearing a face covering is a personal choice, although they are recommended in crowded and enclosed places.
  • There will be no bag drop in the Porch, please leave large rucksacks in the car or be prepared to carry them on your front or by your side around the house.

A welcoming home

As a guest of Mrs and the Miss Beales, see the house as the family might have used it. Read letters and diary entries to find out about their lives. Discover more about the Arts & Crafts movement through our beautiful collection of furniture and embroideries, many completed by Mrs Beale and her daughters.

Morris and Webb

Standen was designed by Philip Webb, a close friend and associate of William Morris, so it was only natural that the house would be decorated with Morris & Co. textiles and wallpaper.

The Beale family

The Beales were originally a non-conformist family from Birmingham, with seven children and many more grandchildren. Standen became a real family home, wrapped up in idyllic childhood memories.

For more information about the collection at Standen, please go to http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk and search for Standen.