We have been here in Haywards Heath for about a week. We are taking care of a sweet kitty named Coco.
We rented a car and drove to a nearby National Trust house called Standen House. It was built between 1891 and 1894 and designed by architect Philip Webb for the Beale family. It was designed in the Arts and Craft style, and in the interior it was decorated with William Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers. Here are some photos of the wallpaper.
I love this style of interior design. This house is particularly pleasing because they have set up chairs for the visitor to sit and read about the furniture and even have letters written by family members who lived there. It is like being invited into their family home on a lovely summer day in 1935. Here is the dining room table set for the fruit and cheese dessert course.This is a photograph of the business desk that the family used; including the typewriter. If you are careful you can hit a few keys and experience what it was like to type on one of those machines.But when you go down to the kitchen you are reminded that our modern stoves were not in use in the 1900s. Here is the stove in Standen House.The gardens have been restored to what they would have looked like in the early 1900s. There is an extensive kitchen garden with lots of healthy pumpkins, pears and flowers.The staff is very kind. One gentleman sat with us on a bench for a few minuted to answer our questions about the buildings. The cafe in the old barn has a nice range of lunch food on offer and ice cream too.
It was a delightful afternoon of historical adventuring in a lovely part of Sussex.