Rudyard Kipling's garden

The rose garden and pond at Bateman’s, East Sussex

Puck of Pook's Hill, written by Kipling in 1906, was inspired by the landscape surrounding this beautiful Jacobean house, Bateman's.

The garden is full of lovely features from the kitchen garden, restored as it was in Kipling’s time and the Rose Garden, designed by the author, to the spring and autumn displays in the Wild Garden.
The Lily Pond features a reconstruction of the boat Kipling’s children used and the initials F.I.P. written beside names in the family’s visitors’ book, records unfortunate guests who ‘fell in the pond’.