Saturday, 19 April 2014


To quote the National Trust Standen is an  'Arts and Crafts family home set in a beautiful hillside garden' (it also has Morris & Co. interiors but the weather was too nice to go inside).

Suprisingly given it is one of the closest NT properties to us, we have not been for 20+ years. The main reason for going was to see the bluebells and we were not disapointed. The area to the north-east  of  the house is called Rockinghilll Wood and it was a picture - as the picture below shows.

The house was built in the 1890s, to the plans of architect Philip Webb and his friend William Morris. The 12 acre garden  is the creation of Margaret Beale. One of the highlights is the south lawn and terrace. Thses pictures show the house from the south lawn.

As well as the Acers, an even more colourful sight is the tulip beds...

The view from the top terrace towards Weir Wood Reservoir

A very pleasent morning.

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