Monday, 10 August 2015


Bateman's in East Sussex was the family home of Rudyard Kipling, who lived there with his wife and two surviving children, Elsie and John. Many of the rooms in the beautiful 17th century house are much as Kipling left them and it is a delightful place. Mark and I visited Bateman's many years ago, before we were married, and we very much wanted to bring the Podlings here. It is such a peaceful place and so gratifying to visit. I will always love it.

Elsie's sitting room

Kipling's Study

Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907

John's bedroom

Kipling's only son. John went missing in action in the battle of Loos in 1915. He was only 18 years old. His medals are currently on display in the house.

The Podlings of Pook's Hill (Puck of Pook's Hill is set in the area around Bateman's)

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