My wife and I visited Standen whilst driving back home after travelling around NT/HHA properties in the past four days in Surrey/Sussex/kent and found it very interesting and informative.
James Beale (Solicitor from Beale & Co Birmingham and London) and his wife Margaret purchased the estate in 1980 (formed from three farms) and started planting a 12 acre garden using the site of an 18th century garden and orchard.
Between 1892 and 1894 it was the architect Phillip Webb who was a friend of William Morris (carpets,wallpaper,fabrics) who designed the house and also a number of the elements in the garden.The house (Grade1 listed building) was bequeathed to the trust in 1972.
It is worth the visit for people interested with buildings (it still has the original electric light fittings) and the arts and crafts as the gardens are rather small.
Adults £9.50 Child £4.75 Family £23.75 NT Members Free
Car parking is good but suggest to drop people off at the top before you drive down as the gravel path up could struggle some.