|Don't be fooled by the hint of sunshine, it was freezing...|
Standen was built in the 1890s for a London solicitor, James Beale and his large family (seven children, plus, later, their families too). Beale chose Philip Webb to design the house, and Webb and Beale furnished and decorated with Morris and Co fabrics and wallpapers, together with their furniture and Victorian art pottery, such as William de Morgan.
|The Victorian Drawing Room. I was prepared to hide behind the chair and live there.|
There are gorgeous long corridors papered with this, with birds darting between the rambling reach of the roses, and the little beetles hiding among the petals. I made my daughter stand and look at a wall for an unforgivable amount of time because it was just so damn beautiful. Really, Mr Morris intended us to see his design on a massive scale and it cannot be beaten.
I find there is something reassuring about a round window, possibly it was my 1970s, Tolkienesque upbringing in the 'Shire' (Wilt'shire' to be precise) and Arts and Craft architecture is rather resplendent with them, making even the grandest house seem cozy and homely.
|Portrait of a Woman's Head (1867) D G Rossetti|
|Drawing of a Seated Girl Edward Burne-Jones|
|Tapestry of St Agnes (1887) designed by Edward Burne-Jones|
The garden curves around the house on different levels so you can appreciate the house from all angles while walking through some beautifully tended, unpretentious woodland and garden.
|The other side of Standen, again don't be fooled by the blue sky...|
Part of the reason for our trip today was bribing Miss Walker (who was wearing her Easter Bunny mask) with the Easter Egg hunt they have on over the Easter weekend (jolly fine fun that was too). Turns out, it's fun for wombats too...
See you on Sunday for some rather disturbing Easter pictures...