I have a National Trust membership and part of the membership requires me to travel to every possible National Trust Site so I feel like I have my money’s worth. So far I think I am doing pretty well. I am not sure how many places I have been to so far, but if I paid the full entry price at all of these places I would be broke. This weekend’s choice was Standen House in Sussex again. I have been here a few times before but this is the first time mid-winter. Apart from the fact it was 4c and windy, which made it feel like the Arctic, the visit was still nice and unique, like every visit.
Generally, Standen House is a huge house with loads of old stuff inside, set in gorgeous gardens. The house was built in the late 19th century and a family from Birmingham, who made money in the industrial boom, moved in and made it theirs. This all means that it is an interesting place with a huge variety of plants put into a tiered garden. If you want the full history of the house and gardens, visit this link here. Click Here.
The gardens had been cut back and were in the process of being prepared for spring. Still, there were various flowering plants and other interesting sites while wandering.
Another National Trust site I would recommend if you have an hour or two to spare. You do not need a whole day for this site, two hours should cover it. The only downside is the house can get really busy. On the plus side, the staff are really nice and very helpful to the point where I asked a question about watering my cactus and they took my email, got hold of their resident specialist who emailed me within two hours with a comprehensive response on how to look after my cacti. I was genuinely impressed.