The Gardens of Standen House

We're trying to make it our aim to visit various National Trust places every weekend and so far so good. We've been to Bodiam Castle, Lanhydrock and last weekend we visited Standen House and Gardens which is set in the beautiful Sussex countryside.  Seeing as it's only about 25 minutes down the road it seemed like the perfect place to go to for a little picnic and admire the gardens. 

James and Margaret Beale chose an idyllic location with views across the Sussex countryside for their rural retreat. Designed by Philip Webb, the house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co. interiors creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The reason we went to visit was because they had their first every tulip festival. The gardens were full of 8,000 colourful tulips. As tulips are my favourite flower it would have been rude of me not to go and take a look. 

The work and effort that must have been put into this festival is incredible. They seemed to have every colour you could imagine. The gardens and woodland cover an area of 12 acres and most of it is in full bloom.  

The gardens at the moment are full of splashes of colour and the views from the terraces over look Ashdown Forest and the Weir Wood Reservoir. It's not just the tulips that brighten the gardens up but you'll see plants such as bluebells, roses and my new favourite Dicentra. We liked this flower so much we went to the shop and bought one for our garden. 

Whilst walking around the gardens we spotted so many different and unusual flowers. The trees were full of blossom and we also found a little shelter which over looked the local Weir Wood Reservoir which seemed like the perfect place to have a little picnic.

If you happen to be looking for something to do one day I would highly recommend visiting Standen House, you won't regret it.  

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