Enjoy Free entry to Bateman’s house and gardens in East Sussex on selected dates as part of the National Trust’s Heritage Open Days.
Bateman’s is the Jacobean house that was home to Rudyard Kipling, English novelist, short-story writer, poet, and journalist.
The 17th-century home is surrounded by the heavily wooded landscape of the East Sussex Weald and features mullioned windows and oak beams and provided a creative nest for Kipling and inspired his work. Autumn is a great time to enjoy a stroll around the home and gardens.
The rooms, described by Kipling as ‘untouched and unfaked’, are largely untouched, with Persian rugs, oak furniture and artefacts reflecting his birth and early life with India. His books Puck of Pook’s Hill and the poem ‘If’ were written at Batemans. Rudyard 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.” – nationaltrust.org.uk.