Will Shannon at Standen House & Garden


Project Info


  • Will Shannon


  • National Trust
  • Arts&Heritage

Offering a welcome pause for visitors and a wealth of craftsmanship to admire, Bothy was a small folly-like space built by designer and maker Will Shannon at the National Trust’s Standen House and Garden.

“A space to shelter, somewhere for a wanderer to rest, a gardener to shelter in or an artist to draw.” – Will Shannon

Using the Arts & Crafts principles of working with local materials and traditional handcrafted skills, Bothy was part of the National Trust’s Contemporary Arts Programme and continued Standen’s approach to championing the modern day Arts & Crafts movement. Bothy offered a new discovery for the landscape that reflected upon the radicalism, ethos and philosophy of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Will Shannon’s inspiration for the project came after spending time at Standen, soaking up the atmosphere of the Beale’s family home and grade II listed gardens. His research led to materials being sourced from within a 25 mile radius of Standen, including the four local elements of sandstone, Sussex bricks, handmade clay tiles and local sustainable timber. Stained glass, ceramics, wooden stools and forged metal are just some of the entrancing details of this magical shelter. Whilst Will is a skilled designer and maker, he still described the building as having been made by the hand of the professional amateur.

Bothy was constructed at Standen with the help of volunteers and you can watch a time-lapse of the build on the project timeline page here.

Bothy was shown at Standen in September 2016. Arts&Heritage acted as advisers to the team at Standen.

Standen is an Arts & Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden.

James and Margaret Beale chose an idyllic location with views across the Sussex countryside for their rural retreat. Designed by Philip Webb, the house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship.

A major restoration of the 5-hectare (12-acre) hillside garden showcases year-round seasonal highlights and an award-winning plant collection. On the wider estate, footpaths lead out into the woodlands, Ashdown Forest and wider High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Artist

Will Shannon combines the role of designer, maker, manufacturer and architect. His work addresses themes of sustainable production and provokes us to think about how, where and why things are made.