Bateman’s – Rudyard Kipling’s Home


Bateman’s is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England.

Author Rudyard Kipling lived in Bateman’s from 1902 to his death in 1936.

His wife left the house to the National Trust on her death in 1939, and it has since been opened to the public.BATEMANS BURWASH (2) BATEMANS BURWASH (3)

Bateman’s is a modest Jacobean Wealden sandstone mansion built in 1634 for a local iron master, John Brittan.   Six brick columns form a massive central chimney stack above the gabled facades.

Today the rooms are left as they were when the Kipling family lived there.  Kipling and his wife created interiors that complemented the 17th-century house.  The heart of the house is the book-lined study, at the top of the stairs, where Kipling worked.  He sat at a 17th-century walnut refectory table under the window and his writing tools, paperweight, and pipe are still there.

Bateman’s also reflects Kipling’s strong links with the Indian subcontinent.  There are oriental rugs in many rooms and the parlour displays Kipling’s collection of Indian works of art and artefacts.  Exhibition rooms contain manuscripts, letters, and mementoes of Kipling’s life and work.


We toured the house, you can take photos inside, without a flash,  there is plenty to see each room has information cards to read.BATEMANS BURWASH (5) BATEMANS BURWASH (6) BATEMANS BURWASH (7)

After viewing the house we decided to have a bite to eat and a cuppa tea (which we had packed and brought with us), and then we changed our shoes to walking boots and took off on one of the circular walks of the surrounding countryside.BATEMANS BURWASH (8) BATEMANS BURWASH (9) BATEMANS BURWASH (10)

We left the car park and walked out of the estate grounds and proceeded with our 2.5 mile walk .  Bateman’s brochure available at the house has a map with the walks marked on it, we used this and did the Puck’s walk.  However, if you wish to check out the walk prior to arriving at Bateman’s you can find directions and a map for this walk here.


Two disappointing factors:  1.  Normally, I would record the walk via Mapmywalk on my mobile however, my battery life was too low to do that, so I don’t have a record of it.  2.  I had gone to the trouble of packing extra batteries for my camera, only to leave them behind in the car, so my camera batteries also ran out not long after we started the walk.  Obviously, I was not happy about that, but I can honestly say the walk was quite delightful and so worthwhile.

Bateman’s has 300 acres of rolling countryside to explore beyond the garden.


Millhouse and mill pond.


There are 13 acres of gardens surrounding Bateman’s house.


Bateman’s House and Gardens, Burwash are well worth the visit, a perfect day outing for the whole family, you can picnic in the gardens on the lawn, or use the tables and chairs in the glen near the car park.  OR you can eat at the Mulberry Restaurant which serves savoury snacks all day long and lunch from 12 – 2.30pm.

Definitely a place I will visit more than once!






Published by: BSF

Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia to Polish parents, my upbringing was totally influenced by strong family values, Polish culture and customs based on Roman Catholic calendar, as well as the folkloric aspect of dressing up in regional dress and performing in Polish Folk Dancing, as well as the consumption of many home cooked Polish meals. Today, I live with my English husband in the UK, and I am a mother of two (all grown now) and grandma to one (granddaughter 5yrs). I love to travel, walk, take photos, blog, cook and spend time with my family in Australia (when I get the chance). I have a huge interest in natural medicine, which lead me to study at university in my 40's. I love exploring what this life is about, which has included reading motivational, spiritual and self-empowerment books and attending self-empowerment courses.

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