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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.

Bateman's is very much a family home, but impressive none the less.

WWI and My Boy John

John Kipling with his Irish Guard comrades

Coming in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of WWI the poignant story of Rudyard Kipling's son John will be told through the very touching letters between father and son on display in the house.

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