Standen House

Standen House is a wonderful Arts and Crafts family home!

Still open to visitors provided you book in advance (Oct 2020)

The building was designed between 1891 and 1894 by architect Philip Webb, who was a friend of William Morris, for a prosperous London solicitor, his wife and their family of seven children. The house is constructed in the Wealden vernacular style with sandstone quarried from the estate and locally made bricks and tiles. The interior is decorated with Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers, with furnishings also by Morris, and the garden complements the beauty of the house. The house had electric power, originally generated by a donkey engine in a shed by the old barn. The house still has its original electric light fittings.

National Trust

In 1972 Standen House was given to the National Trust.

Standen House Location

The property is near East Grinstead and within easy reach of Steyning.

December Treat

Go into the house past the lit fireplace in the hall. You will find each room dressed for a different decade in which the family celebrated Christmas at Standen. Once you have enjoyed the festivities in the house, check out the Arts and Crafts inspired gifts in the shop. After that enjoy a warming drink and Christmas treat in Barn Café.

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Read about 10 of my favourite things to see and do in my Sussex Guide

Parham House

Parham House and Gardens

Parham House is a wonderful example of an Elizabethan building with a great hall and long gallery. It also has the most fantastic gardens and an excellent plant shop.

The house and gardens are currently closed. The gardens are due to reopen in 2021.

Parham house sussex

The house and gardens are usually open from April until the mid October.

Visit on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

House | 14:00 – 17:00

Gardens | 12:00 – 17:00

Big Kitchen Restaurant | 12:00 – 17:00

Last Admission | 16:30

It is a short drive from Steyning by car or you can catch the number 100 bus. This runs every hour in the daytime, except on Sundays.

Find out more about places to visit in locally in our Sussex Guide

Bramber and St Mary’s House


Bramber and St Mary’s House

Bramber and St Mary’s House are well worth a visit.



Bramber  is a pretty village with some nature walks at Bramber Brooks. You will also find a pub and a Chinese restaurant! 

Catch the no 2 bus to Bramber or drive and leave your car in the car park. It is just a mile from the centre of Steyning.

St Mary’s House

St Mary’s is a timber framed building constructed in around 1470 by the bishop of Winchester.  At that time pilgrims used the house as an inn on their way to the tomb of St Thomas of Canterbury.

The house has some most attractive gardens which you can explore. There are also some lovely cottage style tea rooms.

Both the house and gardens are usually open from the end of April to the end of September.  You can go there on Sundays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays (& Wednesdays in August) from 2 – 6 p.m.

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Normans in Sussex

Normans in Sussex

Normans in Sussex

The Normans certainly left their mark at St Cuthman’s and St Andrew’s church in Steyning

norman church steyning sussex

The church has 12th century craftsmanship that is especially fine, even in a county where much good Norman work has survived. Begun around 1080, the original church was cruciform, and nearly twice the size of the present building. It had transepts and a much longer chancel than the present 19th century one, as well as two extra bays at the west end of the nave, where the 16th century flint chequer work tower is now.

With its high roof, crossing tower and clerestory, it must have been an awesome building indeed. The earliest part that remains is that which now forms the chancel arch, immensely high and with decoratively carved capitals.

The surviving bays of the nave arcade, built around 1170/80, have exuberant carving on most of the arches and capitals, each one different, with no shortage of the customary zigzags and scallops as well as many less conventional motifs and designs that repay a really close look

Walk to end of Church Street and you will see the church on your left. Read more here

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