Bateman's in the Sussex village of Burwash, was once home to Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling and I was lucky enough to pay this beautiful property a visit this summer - the first time since I was a child! I didn't remember much about the place other than there had been a strange necklace full of carved animals and symbols, tucked away in a cabinet that had inspired me to hunt out one similar - yes, even as a child I loved jewellery! The necklace in question is the Alphabet Necklace from Kipling's 'How The Alphabet Was Made' (Just So Stories), and I'm happy to say it's still there on display. The house itself is intriguing, and it was a delight to see Kipling's writing desk and waste paper bin overflowing with crumpled papers (see below). The grounds surrounding the house are beautiful - perfectly calm and tranquil. I would highly recommend a visit, but if my words don't convince you, perhaps these photos I took will . . .
Above: A bust of Rudyard Kipling.
Above: Rudyard Kipling's writing desk.
Above: A beautiful old typewriter in Rudyard Kipling's study.
Above: A waste paper basket overflowing with crumpled pages of writing - it is believed Rudyard Kipling's maid would burn the contents of the bin as it filled up several times a day yet nothing with Kipling's handwriting on could leave the house, else it might be sold for a profit.
Above: Beautiful bouquets of flowers were scattered around the house.
Above: Kipling's son John's bedroom.
Above: Details of John's en-suite.
Above: On a widow sill - a Harden Star Hand Grenade fire extinguisher made of blue glass, with instructions on how to use it.
The Beautiful Grounds