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Notice: Please note that until 28 February the house will close at 3.30pm and not 5.00pm as stated in the Handbook.
Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling
'That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her - quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, felt the first time they saw Bateman's.
Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer.
The rooms, described by him as 'untouched and unfaked', remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East. Kim was his first major piece of writing that he wrote from his study at Bateman's which links him and his fond childhood memories to India with real clarity and devotion, truly a master piece of decriptive writing. Kipling was awarded the Noble Prize for literature in 1907.
Bateman's is very much a family home that feels as though the Kiplings have just gone out for the day.
We are now open 363 days of the year. Come and see Bateman's at Spring time, we have a fine show of spring flowers which will delight you.
Visitors can explore our gardens and soak up the calm and peaceful serenity whilst absorbing the magical views and stunning house, afterwards if you wish you can take a stroll towards our Mill House by the river. Perhaps you might even be inspired by the Spring landscape to pen a verse or two on a countryside walk.
Our cosy teas rooms are waiting for you, if you are in need of a warming cup of tea or coffee and a delicious slice of cake or bowl of soup. Also, don't forget to visit our shop and see our great range of gifts, souvenirs and fun toys.
Volunteering at Bateman's
Volunteer Open Day - Wed 4 February was a great day
To all those who venture out to visitor us on this day, we'd like to offer a heartfelt thank you from the Bateman's team. We hope you enjoyed your time with us and feel inspired to get involved. Now that we're open all year round we need much more help in sharing this wonderful house with our visitors. If you missed our open day and would still like to find out how to be a volunteer please call us for a chat. We will be happy to tell you the about the roles on offer in the house, mill, garden countryside or even on our paddle boat.
Please call on 01435 882302 for more information.