‘A house in the country, not a country house.’
Before visiting Standen in West Sussex, it’s important to understand the distinction. This was not the ancestral seat of a titled landowner, nor was it the focal point of an extended rural community in the manner of Chatsworth, Blenheim and Belvoir. No: the rationale behind this most enchanting property, built between 1892 and 1894 to designs by Philip Webb, was more straightforward. It was intended, first and foremost, as a home - and a very comfortable one at that. It was as a home that Standen was lived in and loved by several generations of the Beale family, and it is as a home that we experience it today, long after the last inhabitant departed.
I intend to linger here. If late Victorian-cum-Edwardian architecture, interiors and gardens aren’t your tickets - well, I’m sorry. If they are - you’re in for a treat.
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