Opening times for 29 November 2023
Asset Opening time House 11:00 - 15:30 Garden 10:00 - 16:00 Shop 10:00 - 16:00 Tea-room 10:00 - 16:00 Park Mill 10:00 - 15:45
Last admission to the grounds and house 30 minutes before closing.MTWTFSS3031123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930123
Assistance dogs only
Assistance dogs only in the house, mill, tea-room and shop
Gifts, homeware, plants and Kipling books in the Oast House shop
Second-hand bookshop on the ground floor of the house
Tea-room by the Mulberry Garden serves drinks, light lunches and cakes
Toilets, accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities next to visitor reception. Additional toilets by the tea-room
Dogs on short leads welcome in the garden and estate. Assistance dogs only in the house, mill, tea-room and shop
Partly accessible grounds, some uneven paths. Blue Badge parking. Accessible toilet near visitor reception. Wheelchairs available to borrow.
Accessible route and/or map
Map with accessible route available from visitor reception
Large print (guide or menu)
Large print guide to the house available on request
Accessible toilet at visitor reception
Steep slope into the garden from visitor reception – alternative drop-off point by arrangement. Grass ramps in the garden. Ramped access to side door of shop
Braille (guide or menu)
Braille guide available in the house on request
Seating available in the house if required. Benches throughout the garden. At busier times, to enter the house there may occasionally be a queue in the garden
Designated accessible parking near visitor reception. Tarmac car park and path to visitor reception
Staircases to and from the first floor of the house. Partly accessible grounds with some steps, grass ramps and brick paths. Stepped access to Park Mill
Steep slope into the garden from visitor reception – alternative drop-off point by arrangement with visitor reception
Wheelchairs available to borrow from visitor reception
Fixed induction loops available at visitor reception, tea-room and shop. Portable loop available on request
½ mile south of Burwash. A265 west from Burwash, first turning on left after you leave the village, just before petrol filling station. Please do not use SatNav instructions taking you down School Lane by the war memorial as this road is very narrow. Please look out for National Trust signs.
Parking: NT members free, £4 for cars, £50 for un-booked coaches.
Nearest mainline station at Etchingham, 3 miles. Connects with public bus service. No taxi rank at station.
231 Compass Travel bus service from Heathfield to Etchingham (Mon-Sat). Pre-booking is required. Please check bus timetable before travelling: www.compass-travel.co.uk
For Christmas at Bateman's in 2023 we invite you to explore the 17th century house adorned with twinkly lights, natural foliage and decorations inspired by Rudyard Kipling the writer's home.
Planning a day out with family? You'll find space to play in the Bateman's garden and family trails and activities throughout the year.
Experience the magical beauty of Su Blackwell’s art installation created from copies of an original handwritten Kipling manuscript. Daily from 15 Sept, 11am–3.30pm.
Find out about bringing your dog to Bateman’s where you can explore the beautiful grounds of Rudyard Kipling's former home together. Bateman's is a two pawprint rated place.
Bring your group and discover what is so special about Bateman’s – once home to Rudyard Kipling, with its pretty secluded garden, 13th-century watermill and acres of countryside.
Take a look at the map of Bateman's to help plan your visit.
A 17th-century house, set in the landscape of the Sussex Weald; home of Rudyard Kipling.
An 18th-century working watermill which was much loved by Rudyard Kipling and featured in his stories written at Bateman’s.
The garden that made Rudyard Kipling feel like an English country gentleman, with spring blossom, summer roses, autumn apples and winter trees.
300 acres of High Weald countryside with small fields, hedgerows, ancient trees, hidden ponds and magnificent views across the Dudwell Valley.
Natural play area
Play area with swings, see-saw, climbing frames and space to build a den or enjoy a picnic. Carved oak tree centrepiece featuring images of Sussex wildlife.
Serves hot and cold drinks, light lunches, ice cream and homemade cakes, with indoor and outdoor seating.
Oast House shop filled with gifts, homeware, toys, plants and local artisan products. Special range of Kipling books. Second-hand bookshop stocked with pre-loved books.
Discover the house at Bateman's. Explore the home of Rudyard Kipling, from the ornate Jacobean hall to the author's own study – left just as it was during his life.
Discover the garden at Bateman's. Find out what to see, from the Rose Garden designed by Kipling to wildflowers, an orchard and even a working mill.
Planning a day out with family? You'll find plenty to see and do around the Bateman's garden and Rudyard Kipling's family home to explore.
Explore the estate at Bateman's. Discover what to see and do, from wildlife to seasonal plants and walks, in a landscape that inspired Kipling.
See Bateman's house dressed for a traditional Christmas from 18 Nov – 1 Jan (except 24–25 Dec). With real trees, fresh floral displays, twinkly lights and decorations inspired by the writings of Rudyard Kipling.
Christmas is coming for the Kipling family. Get out and about in the garden and house to find the different countries the Kipling family enjoyed visiting during the festive period. £2 with a small prize. 2 Dec - 1 Jan (except 24-25 Dec), 10am-4pm.
Experience the magical beauty of Su Blackwell’s art installation created from copies of Rudyard Kipling’s original handwritten manuscript of The Jungle Book. In a newly-opened room at Bateman's, Carrie’s Office. Daily from 15 Sept, 11am–3.30pm.
Find out about walks across the estate at Bateman's. Take in old industry, village life and ancient woodland as you explore the beautiful countryside so loved by Kipling.
Discover where to eat and shop at Bateman’s, the home of author Rudyard Kipling. Stop for a hot drink or light meal, and then browse for the perfect gift or pre-loved book.
'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 and inspired his work.
The rooms, described by him as 'untouched and unfaked', remain much as he left them, with oak furniture, Persian rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with India. Kipling wrote Puck of Pook’s Hill and Rewards and Fairies at Bateman's, which includes the poem ‘If’. He 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.
Join members of the Bateman’s estates team as they get to grips with the jobs that need doing throughout the year from coppicing and pond clearing to surveying dormouse nest boxes.
See what the garden team are doing at Bateman’s to recreate the garden as it was during Rudyard Kipling’s day.
Rudyard Kipling was quite used to the garden at Bateman’s flooding – and it still happens today. Here’s why…
Would you like to volunteer at Bateman’s? Come and join our friendly team, which helps to look after the former home of Rudyard Kipling in tranquil East Sussex.