First impressions for visitors as they turn off the West Hoathly Road are being dramatically improved. Cherry trees have been planted, a new notice board has been designed, and the initial stretch of tarmac will be replaced with gravel chips, the kerbstones and white lines having been removed. Altogether there will be a far more rural feel to the property entrance.

As our visitors approach the property they will be welcomed by the huge expanse of rock that has now been exposed. The Beales fell in love with this view the first time that they visited the property and this was what inspired them to build their home here.

Below the rocks the first of the new plants have gone in – five Silver Birch, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Snow Queen’, which will be under planted with a white winter flowering heather.

The sandstone walls along the drive have been rebuilt by volunteers and this will give way to sandstone edging further down the drive towards the stable. The cobbled drainage channels that run alongside the drive have been rebuilt by contractors and the retaining sandstone wall beside the stableyard has also been reconstructed. Rosa rugosa will be planted in the raised area adjacent to the stable wall. There is now a magnificent view of the rooftops of Standen when coming down the drive and Woodland Volunteers have planted Hollies in Jack and Tommy Field to screen the Volunteers Car Park.

If you haven’t seen all of this already then do come and look as the property doesn’t need to be open to enjoy this.