I have written about Standen House – National Trust before, but it was a couple of years ago now. Plus Lockdown has put a whole new perspective on what I personally look for on a trip out now. So I thought I would share our experience. We were lucky enough to pick up tickets for a weekend afternoon. Tickets go on sale each Friday but you need to be quick as they are snapped up. From the things I have read they are making around 30% available across a selection of properties.

Arrival at Standen House

On arrival you are met at the gate by a volunteer the old entrance hut is currently shut having been relocated down to the carpark. They check your name and if you are on the list before directing you down to park. When we visited it was a sell out yet the carpark was probably only a quarter full. Just like the other national trust properties we have visited during lockdown there is a one way route the main areas of the property. Having visited a couple of non National Trust properties this weekend I do feel that the one way routes really work and actually make it a more enjoyable experience. Since it takes some of the concerns away.

One way routes

There are two routes round. Once around the upper gardens and another through the bottom and the kitchen gardens. The house, the play area, shop and cafe are closed. Unlike some of the other properties there is no little coffee or ice cream truck. So you will need to bring refreshments with you. We have been a couple of times to Standen making the most of visiting the house and the play area. We have even been to their green Father Christmas event. So I was a little worried about our trip. As the main things we are use to seeing are all close.

However by following the lower route we actually discovered little hidey holes we hadn’t seen before. They have a lovely vegetable and kitchen garden which the boys enjoyed running around before we walked around the back of the house. Even though it is all shut up the house itself with its patio I find very calming. There is plenty of wall to sit on to enjoy the tranquility. If you have not visited before the gardens at the rear of the house are laid to lawn. It has a natural slope which is perfect for rolling down. The boys have done it on numerous occasions. However it had been raining when we visited so they had to content themselves with running up and down instead.

From the back of the house you can follow arrows around to the upper gardens. Much of it is shut off because of the natural play area. But you can walk the lap around to the top of the Boothy. It still looks pretty from the outside with the light shining on the glass. Although the boys were desperate to go in. The walk past the Boothy takes you down to the side entrance of the house and back towards  the kitchen gardens.

Standen House is not the largest National Trust property and with the restrictions in place it is probably means its a couple of hours at best. Perfect for an afternoon with little ones.

Other National Trust properties we have visited recently

We have been lucky enough to visit a couple of National Trust properties since lockdown started to ease. You can read about the other ones below:

Mottisfont National Trust after Lockdown

 

Polesdon Lacey National Trust After Lockdown

  • Wakehurst Place after Lockdown
  • Nymans National Trust after lockdown

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Standen House National Trust after Lockdown

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35 Comments

  1. Priscilla Stubbs Reply

    It does like a lovely place to visit, whatever the weather and I’ve said it before but I love the boys’ raincoats

  2. Nancy Taylor Reply

    What a beautiful break from lockdown! Getting outside more has been on of the few positives of the Covid-19.

  3. The weather looks lovely and a beautiful place to visit. I would love to travel there someday.

  4. Gervin Khan Reply

    Wow! Such an amazing place to visit especially that it is located far from the stress and hazard of the city. This can make an individual to relax to the fullest, loved it!

  5. It’s great to see national trust places reopening and following guidelines! 😊

  6. Love all the beautiful flowers and scenery! It looks like a wonderful place to visit!

  7. Jazz Tattersall Reply

    Wow this format looks genuinely nicer than what used to be in place, that’s a nice way of exploring

  8. Jay Aguirre Reply

    Ooh what a fun trip. It looks like such a cute place and your little ones definitely sound like they had fun exploring this place!

  9. I was not sure what a national trust is but it is so beautiful. Truly a great place to visit and enjoy. And hopefully everything will be open again soon.

  10. Nigel Soper Reply

    Another great place to put on the list to go to when we can – thank you

  11. Wow the atmosphere and greenery of this place looks absolutely lovely! The photos also look really beautiful, I love the flowers and the plants! It seems like a nice place to visit with your family, I’m glad you shared your experience with us, thank you!

  12. What a beautiful place to visit after being stuck at home for so long! Love all the unique and different plants they have there

  13. Marjie Mare Reply

    Everything looks so pretty and inviting. The place that I need to be right now. I wish I could travel.

  14. oh wow this place looks so stunning and mesmerizing to visit and explore..Thanks for sharing the review..this sounds really amazing place…Great work…

  15. Wow, what a BEAUTIFUL place to just enjoy nature but also have the kids just run around. I would love to visit this place.

  16. Konstantina Reply

    This place truly looks magical!! I really wish I could visit, seems like you had sooo much fun.

  17. Melanie williams Reply

    Anything that is based outdoors is a big yes from us, so we would well consider going here after all this is over x

  18. Really good to see National Trust properties reopening – they are going to open in Wales soon which is pretty exciting. This place looks beautiful

    Laura x

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