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Bateman's, Burwash
(4.6/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
'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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  • We always take the children to the gardens at Batemans. They do the most fantastic trails especially at Easter and during the school holidays. The gardens are beautiful and all the volunteers are so w...  more »
  • Fabulous small house with masses of history, surrounded by lovely walled and landscaped gardens. Great tea room too! 
  • Good NT House near Burwash. A visit in winter is always tricky but the day was dry so we strolled in the gardens which must be beautiful in the summer. The house is well-presented with an interesting ...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful place and very child-friendly. Kipling's stunning Rolls Royce is on extended loan to the NT and can be seen here too. The gardens are great as are the staff, and there is a children's activity pack available encouraging them to find certain characters from the jungle book, set out around the house and Gardens as statues. At the end, they get a medal. The coffee was brilliant - the lad with the man-bun knew what he was doing - and we had excellent weather. There are a few places to picnic on the way, but the food looked delicious so either option is good. Highly recommended.
  • Great place to visit if you are partial to Rudyard Kipling. It was his home and feels like a home and not a show house.
  • My favourite National Trust site. The house was fascinating! Only downside was the amount of people trying to view it at the same time we were, as it got a bit cramped at times and was hard to view some of the things and to just take in the stunning rooms. The best bit about this property has to be the gardens though, they are beautiful! I shall return again to visit them and also tackle the many walks this property has to offer of the surrounding area. The property also has a lovely little cafe and well stocked gift shop too, with Rudyard Kipling books. The property also has things for children to find, read and learn and I think children would love to visit the garden for picnics.
  • Very beautiful. Child and dog friendly. Great all year. Walks outside the main grounds to for an all day visit.
  • Enter the world of Rudyard Kipling. See his wonderfully preserved house and belongings and acres of fantastic gardens and land now in the safe care of the NT.