“A good and peaceable place” – Kipling on his beloved Sussex home.
Bateman’s was the 17th-century country home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 until his death in 1936. Located in Burwash, East Sussex -the house is set in 33 acres of land, the garden was created by Kipling from 1907 using the prize money from his award of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In 1900, Kipling was the most famous author in England, he wrote some of his finest works at the house including: “The Glory of the Garden”, “If—”, and Puck of Pook’s Hill, named after the hill visible from the house. The house’s setting, and the wider local area features in many of his stories in Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906). Kipling’s poem “The Land” is inspired by the Bateman’s estate.
Kipling died on 18 January 1936, Carrie his wife died three years later, in 1939. Under the terms of her will the house passed to the National Trust. Bateman’s is a Grade I listed building, the highest grade reserved for buildings of “exceptional interest”