Sunday, 22 August 2010


Bateman's from the lawn.

Interesting pathway

In the orchard

Anyone know what these are?

The garden

Bateman's was the home of Rudyard Kipling. A sandstone house, built in 1634, Kipling fell in love with it when he visited at the start of the 1900s and bought it in 1902. He lived here for the rest of his life.

It's a lovely old house, still containing Kipling's possessions - his books, furniture, pictures, etc, are still there to see, just as they were when he lived here. After his death, his widow continued to live there and left it to the National Trust on her death in 1939.

One of the interests is a water mill which still works and grinds flour on two days a week. Sadly, today wasn't one of them and they had sold out of their own stoneground bread flour.

I'm sure the wider grounds are lovely too, but in the pouring rain we had a quick dash round and then came home again! I've been before, in much better weather, and it's well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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