Standen is a beautiful Arts & Crafts National Trust house in West Sussex, and I went there last week with my sister and our children. I know the National Trust has been harping on about all the things kids should do before being swallowed up by screens, but I’ve never found Trust properties (of the stately home variety) particularly child friendly. In the past I’ve avoided visiting such places as they don’t have play areas and seem more about preserving the past than engaging with real live people, I thought. But I was wrong. The kids loved our visit to Standen, especially the plantation play area with its outdoor sofa and higgledy piggledy fence. We didn’t brave the house, as apparently it contains original William Morris wallpaper which is totally untouchable, but the grounds and cafe and views were enough for us. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen/
About Gretta Schifano
I'm a freelance journalist and blogger specialising in family travel with teenagers, trips when parents manage to travel without their kids, and 50+ travel. I also write about vegetarian travel, parenting teenagers, adoption, SEN, ADHD and anxiety. My work's been published by the Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet and others. I've lived and worked in Italy and Spain and am now based in rural south-east England with my husband, adoptive and birth kids and our dog. I previously worked as a social action radio producer for the BBC.
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