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“Beautiful wild flower meadows”
Review of Bateman's

Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Burwash
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Horsham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Beautiful wild flower meadows”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

So pleased we visited here as the culmination of our spring bank holiday weekend in Kent. The stroll to the water mill was exquisite through the blossom clad meadow. Even chickens running around the mill doors!! The house was lovely especially Kipling's study - you almost felt he was still working there. Well documented walks in the grounds if you have time for a longer stroll. Enjoyed lunch at the well appointed café and bought plants at the shop. Workers/volunteers both enthusiastic and knowledgeable. A very "homely" place worth visiting.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank judyh84
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Kipling's residence”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Good for children especially at Easter with search trails, picnic benches and things to do. Nice walking around the meadows to see Spring flowers. The house is very interesting too.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Whitters99
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Worthing, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Where to go if you are a Kipling fan (like me!)”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

What a wonderful place - the garden in particular inspired his delightful "Puck of Pook's Hill" - and (I believe) you can see the actual hill from the garden.
Inside the house, it is as he left it - with writing things, books and papers spread about. Do seek out the little room through the upstairs study which has the glorious paintings (by the Detmold brothers) of the Jungle Book characters - beautiful works of art.
We also bought some flour from the Mill for our bread maker - good quality stuff!!

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Mark-and-Sue-Sussex
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Hailsham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A man, a house and a garden”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

The National Trust, and thus the pubic, were so fortunate to receive this house directly from Rudyard Kipling's estate after his death in 1936. The house is as he left it and takes you straight back to life during then inter-war years. At the same time there are reminders that the house has been in this beautiful Sussex valley for many years long before the great writer came to live here. The oast houses, almost attached to the house and now used as the NT shop, indicate Bateman's origin as a farmhouse and the iron fire-backs, its use as an impressive home for a Sussex ironmaster. The gardens are not the spectacular grounds of some NT estates but they are genuine and of their time. The walled gardens tell of the years when a house such as this would have been largely self-sufficient for produce and the walk to the watermill is a peaceful stroll past the river and mill stream.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank bill_lovell
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Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Lovely house in a fantastic setting the grounds are beautifull.
The house is full of intresting items relating to Rudyard Kipling and makes you really understand his life.
Lots of very intresting National Trust Volunteers to talk to, do make the time to visit.
Working mill where you can purchase flour something for every age some good walks awell.

Visited April 2013
Thank lillyKent
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