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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.

Want to volunteer this year?

Volunteering at Batemans

Volunteering at Batemans

Wednesday, 5 February 11 - 3pm

From March 2014 we will be open everyday except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We would love to have some new volunteers to join our team in the house, garden, shop, restaurant or watermill to help us provide a great experience for everyone who visits. Drop in anytime and discover what volunteering at Bateman's involves. Explore the house, have a look behind the scenes as well as chatting to our current volunteers over a cup of tea.

For further information please contact Fiona or Holly on 01435 882302


Have a go day

Milling at Batemans

Wednesday, 12 February 11 - 3pm

Volunteering with a difference. How about becoming a miller in one of the few remaining watermills? Pop in, put your nose to the grindstone and see if you like it.


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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