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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. 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 Nobel 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.
Throughout the summer 10am - 4pm
Pow let's go, it's great fun - .why not come and complete some of the 50 things to do challenges before your nearly twelve at Bateman's. We're located in the heart of the beautiful East Sussex countryside. Here you can relax and let your imagination go wild. You can hunt for bugs, make a grass trumpet ,walk barefoot in the grass, make the longest daisy chains and see all the pond life in Kipling's lilly pond by the rose garden. All you have to do is sign up to keep track of your completed tasks on the 50 things to do link below. We wish you lots of fun and good luck.
Please call on 01435 882302 for more information.
First World War weekend
Don't dilly dally as we're commemorating the centennial of the First World War with a weekend event that will transport you back in time among the soldiers in full uniform from this period.