Standen House and Gardens
Standen HouseThe house was designed by architect Philip Speakman Webb who, as well as having a really cool middle name, is sometimes called the Father of Arts and Crafts Architecture. Webb was a partner in the architecture firm of Morris & Co along with other Arts and Crafts giants William Morris, Sir Edward Burne-Jones and artist DG Rossetti.
These include wallpapers and textiles designed by William Morris himself – these are the originals of styles that regularly come back into fashion now and again today.
The fabulous furniture, textiles and fittings of Standen are an integral part of the whole, which was designed as a country house for London solicitor James Beale in the 1890s.
Standen GardensStanden also has 12 acres of very attractive gardens set on a hillside overlooking the Ashdown Forest. The views over the Forest are spectacular.
Highlights of Standen Gardens include the Quarry Garden, the South Garden Terrace and the Top Terrace, which was built in 1910.
Many of the plants were chosen by Margaret Beale and she kept a garden diary which means that the history of Standen Garden is extremely well documented.
Standen WoodStanden is now in the care of the National Trust and is open to the public for most of the year – but not all of it. The National Trust acquired neighbouring Standen Wood to help reconstruct Mr Beale’s original estate and Standen Wood is now managed as a wildlife sanctuary.
- Borde Hill
- Denmans Gardens
- Highdown Gardens
- Leonardslee Gardens
- Nymans Gardens
- Petworth Park Gardens
- Standen House and Gardens
- West Dean Gardens
- Gardens open to the public
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Haywards Heath