Visiting Bateman's with your dog

Batemans Ellie enjoying picnic

Just as Kipling loved his dogs, we do too and they're more than welcome to visit Bateman's.


Where can my dog go?

We welcome dogs here at Bateman's and they are welcome in almost all outdoor areas. 

Please keep your dog on a short lead throughout the gardens.

When we do not have live stock grazing on the estate, you are welcome to allow your dogs off the lead when walking through the wider estate, if kept under close supervision.

Our definition of close or effective control is:

  • Being able to recall your dog in any situation at the first call.
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible.
  • Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent.
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock grazing on the estate, wildlife or you are asked to use one.
kipling dogs batemans

Where can't my dog go?

Assistance dogs only in the Mulberry tea-room, The Mulberry garden, house, mill and shop.

Should you wish to visit the tea-room, there's plenty of outside seating where you and your dog may sit and enjoy refreshments. Please leave your dog outside when ordering.

What do I need to be aware of at Bateman's

To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day please follow our Canine Code:

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a short lead.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful. 
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.
Local breed Chickens on a frosty morning
Chickens drinking on a frosty morning
Local breed Chickens on a frosty morning

Watch out for wildlife

We have a number of free range chickens who roam around the Wild Garden and Mill area and help us to spread the flower seeds throughout this area to provide a colourful display of wildflowers during the spring and summer.

Our chickens are a valuable part of the eco system here at Bateman's and we appreciate your co-operation in helping to keep them safe

Do be aware if you go on an estate walk that there may be livestock grazing on the estate.


Facilities for my dog

There are water bowls outside the west side of the Mulberry tea-room, the Oast-house shop and at Visitor reception. Please remember to bring dog bags with you. Dog bins are located by the Natural Play Area, the Mill and out on the lane, which is at the beginning of the estate walks.

Doggy treats are available in the Mulberry tea-room and the Oast-house shop stocks dog related supplies such as foodie treats, toys, travel bowls, leads, collars, tick combs and even poop bags.

Thank you for helping to keep our gardens and estate clean for everyone to enjoy.