It took us about thirty minutes to reach Standen from Crawley.
This West Sussex country house was was built in the 1890s for James Beale, a prosperous London lawyer, who had another home at Holland Park, London.
Margaret Beale was a keen gardener and kept a garden diary for many years.
Standen is one of the few Victorian houses owned by the National Trust.
It was bequeathed in 1972 by Miss Helen Beale.