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“A Very Informative And Interesting Property”
Review of Standen

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Owner description: Nestled in the Sussex countryside with views across the High Weald, James and Margaret Beale chose an idyllic location to build their rural retreat. Designed by Philip Webb, Standen is one of the most complete examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co. interiors and a story of family life in 1925. Outside, Mrs Beales passion for gardening inspires a major restoration of her 12-acre hillside garden. Each garden room has a distinct character and offers something for every season from spring bulbs to autumn colour. Explore the wider estate with footpaths leading out into the woodlands. Close at 4pm November - January
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“A Very Informative And Interesting Property”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

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.

Visited July 2014
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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

A very interesting look at wealthy life in the 1920s - plus an excellent & illuminating exhibition of the daughter's efforts as a nursing assistant during WW1. Lovely grounds full of picnicing families.

Visited July 2014
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Surrey, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Lovely Country House”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Lots of Morris and co/ / Sanderson wall
Après and fabric. It had a wonderful homely atmosphere.. Unfortunately we only had a short time here. The garden was good as well.

Visited July 2014
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“Great day out ”
Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

What a lovely house and gardens and we had lunch In the barn.
My little 4yr girl loved running,through the woods and maze to the play area just a fantastic day out.

1 Thank Adi A
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“It would be nice to be rich”
Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Standen is an arts and crafts house with wonderful period detailing. Look particularly at the drapes, fire surrounds and wall coverings. Quite a few rooms are open and packed with interesting stuff and you can easily spend two hours or more looking round. The gardens are on a slope as the house is set into the side of a hill to maximise the view but they are eminently do-able and nicely maintained. The cafe is good but like all NT properties food and drink is very expensive. Makes a really good day out.

Visited July 2014
Thank Chris P
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