Bateman’s sits in a wooded area of the Sussex Weald, a tranquil 17th century house, set in 13 acres of garden. A member of Kipling’s family described it “The house stands like a beautiful cup on a saucer to match”.
There are guides in each room, who are very informative, but visitors are allowed to wander around the house at their leisure and information sheets detailing items of particular interest are provided.
The gardens are divided into areas of different design and the wild garden running along the river Dudwell leads to the Mill. The house had no electricity supplied when Rudyard Kipling bought it and he converted the Mill to drive a generator providing electrical current for about four hours every evening. Today the Mill grinds corn for flour, which one is able to purchase.
There is an excellent cafe, with inside seating and an outside terrace. The whole venue is relaxed and peaceful, with plenty of seating around the garden making it an easy venue for all age groups. This visit was most enjoyable and there was plenty to see during the four and a half hours we were there, well worth a re-visit.