EAST GRINSTEAD, WEST SUSSEX
Life in a Victorian family home is brought vividly to life in this gem of the Arts & Crafts movement. Standen is hidden at the end of a quiet Sussex lane with fine views over the High Weald and Weir Wood Reservoir. The design of the house, which incorporates the original medieval farmhouse, 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 including ceramics by William de Morgan, furniture by George Jack and metal work by W. A. S. Benson. The beautiful hillside gardens provide year-round interest and the woodlands now offer a number of easily accessible and picturesque walks. Photo credits: house in autumn - Roger Bloxham; family - John Millar; visitors - Chris Lacey.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Braille guide, large print, garden level route map
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Garden, cafe & shop open daily 10-5 (dusk if earlier). House open daily 11-4, admission by guided tour only at certain times of year. Closed 24-25 Dec. Please call for specific times
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About the area
Discover West Sussex
Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.
In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham.
West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.
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