National Trust
Batemans Lane
East Sussex TN19 7DS
A visit to the great author, Rudyard Kipling’s home at Bateman's in south-east England is a lovely experience. Rudyard and his American wife, Carrie, adored this 17th century house from the moment they saw it; it was to remain their home for the rest of their lives.
Set deep in the Sussex countryside Bateman's is an authentic Sussex house, built of local sandstone, quarried from a site across the lane. The tiles are all baked from Wealden clay and the internal structures and interior woodwork is made from local Sussex oak.
The house was built around 1634 by an alleged Wealden ironmaster. Certainly, a large block of ironstone is incorporated into the porch. It is set in 33 acres of grounds with a watermill and other ancillary buildings which Kipling used to house his collection of cars. He embraced motoring with enthusiasm and would career around the country lanes in his Lanchesters and Rolls Royces. His 1928 Phantom I is on display in the garage.
When the Kiplings bought Bateman's in 1902 it had no bathroom, no running water upstairs and no electricity. Rudyard soon solved the electricity problem by converting the ancient water-driven corn mill into a water-driven turbine powering a generator. There was enough power to run ten 60 watt lights.
These days such an act would be considered vandalism! The mill has now been restored to its 18th century glory and is open to the public. The mill is once again operational and corn grinding demonstrations occur twice a week.
Bateman's is a much loved family home where the Kiplings raised their children and he wrote some of his most famous stories. Rudyard’s book-lined study where he worked is at the top of the oak stairs. On his walnut writing table in front of the mullioned window is his typewriter, writing materials, paperweight and pipe.
Throughout the house are reminders his strong links with the Indian subcontinent – oriental rugs, collections of Indian works of art and artefacts, personal mementoes, letters and manuscripts. The house is shown as it was in his time, filled with the traces and memories of his extraordinary life and work.
Plan Your Visit 
Accommodation - Search & Book through here:    External Link
Check the official website for details
The mill grinds corn most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 14:00 hours
Admission Price
National Trust members free
Check official website for up to date information.
Disabled Access
One step at entrance to house but ramp available. Ground floor has steps; staircase with handrail to other floors
Disabled toilets at reception
Grounds partly accessible, slopes and uneven paths
Virtual tour available of watermill and first floor of house
Toilets and baby-change facilities
Picnic Glen
Shop selling Kipling books and souvenirs.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0) 1435 882 302
Mail   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website   National Trust/ Bateman's     External Link
Getting There
- By road    ½ mile south of Burwash on the A265 west from Burwash, first turning on left. There is free parking at site. The National Trust Bateman's website has excellent directions, Web: NT Bateman's/ Getting There Directions    External Link
Google Maps - Bateman's

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