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Bateman's, Burwash

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#6 of 44 in Historic Sites in East Sussex
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'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 for this world-famous writer. The rooms, described by him as 'untouched and unfaked', remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East. Bateman's is very much a family home, but impressive none the less.
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  • The garden are lovely and a very pleasant walk , even on crutches. The gift shop is rather small and quite difficult to negotiate if more than a handful of people are in there, cafe staff are friendly...  more »
  • Packed and rich in historty inside. Beaming with wildlife, flowers, plants, vegetable gardens outside. Volunteers helpful. Peace, sadness and serenity will engulf you.  more »
  • For a fascinating half day discovering the house where Rudyard Kipling wrote his books as of his early thirties, the gardens, his early 20th century Rolls-Royce and evidence of his non-literary activi...  more »
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  • Fascinating place to see, have learnt so much about Kipling's life that I never knew - there is so much history within the walls of this incredible place, not to mention the extensive gardens. As with most National Trust properties there are plenty of amenities on hand and as always you are made to feel welcome.
  • As Always Bateman's is a great place to visit. They have maps for three circular walks, we've done the purple one of 2.5 miles with our kids of 4 & 7 and they both completed them without any fuss. Only downside of the day is the cafe, which now looks a bit dull. It's had a refurb inside over the winter 2016-2017 which has taken away a lot of it's natural character. The NT is all about conservation but it seems the rules don't apply to this cafe.
  • Fantastic place! A beautifully restored/preserved house and grounds. We first went in the winter and the gardens and bits of the grounds were great for a family walk. The house is in a fantastic condition and it is so beautiful to see some art of the characters of the Jungle book. His study is mesmerising. We look forward to visiting back in the summer!
  • Really interesting, one home of Mr Kipling; despite the winter visit, the house & grounds were interesting, the NT staff informative & enthusiastic. Will definitely visit again in a different season to explore further.
  • Beautiful day out following the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling. Could easily spend all day here. Luxury hit chocolate and cream teas do the business.