House at Bateman's

Bateman's entrance hall with fireplace at Christmas

Bateman's is a 17th century house set in the stunning landscape of the Sussex Weald. Bought by Rudyard Kipling and his wife, who fell in love with the house at first sight, it became a much loved family home. Discover the personal stories of Rudyard Kipling, his wife Carrie and their three children as you explore the house at Bateman's.

Conservation work in the house

During the winter time we carry out essential conservation work in the house. We have completed our work on the upstairs of the house and these rooms are now open again. We still have work to do on the parlour and Elsie's room. These rooms will be closed one after the other. Whilst these rooms are being conserved visitors will be able to view our work from the doorways. 

These conservation works are crucial to ensure that the properties the Trust looks after are preserved and cared for so that they can be enjoyed by present and future generations to come.

In the final phase of this work, we will be creating an active Conservation Studio when conservation elements from the other rooms in the house that could not be completed during their allocated time, will be brought to the studio for work.

Come along and see how we keep Kipling's collection in the best shape for everyone to enjoy into the future.

Step back in time in Kipling's study

As you enter the study it almost feels as though Kipling has just left to return at any moment. The book-lined walls, his messy desk covered in ink spots and the day bed, with its cigarette burns, are evidence that this was very much his space.

The Kipling collection

You'll find some unusual and intriguing objects in the Kipling collection.  Don't miss the Nobel Prize for literature or paintings from The Jungle Book.  

Follow the link at the bottom of the page and discover more of our treasures online.

Rudyard Kipling's bookplate at Bateman's
Rudyard Kipling's Bookplate

Kipling aloud

After 75 years Rudyard Kipling's voice can beheard in the house once again.  A Pathe newsreel played in the study on an iPad has the only known footage of him speaking. Don't miss the phonograph with his verse set to music and select a station on the 1930s radio to hear on of his famous quotations.