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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.
Children's spring garden trail
22 - 31 May 11 am - 5 pm
Normal admission plus £1.50
Come on down - let's go, why not venture out into the heart of our beautiful East Sussex countryside and into a world where your imagination can go wild, whilst you join in our Half -term fun. The Burwash gang of smugglers have stored their treasure here at Bateman's and we need you to help find it.
Please call on 01435 882302 for more information.
It's Bateman's first ever Big Camping weekend this July - be the first to experience it.
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.