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:
- Wakehurst Place after Lockdown
- Nymans National Trust after lockdown
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Standen National Trust after Lockdown