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“Charming - but wish we had got there earlier”
Review of Bateman's

Bateman's
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Burwash
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Bateman's is a beautiful old sandstone house surrounded rolling Sussex countryside and was home to one of the greatest writers of our time, Rudyard Kipling. Soak up the atmosphere of Kipling's study and enjoy the serenity of the formal garden. Experience the valley which influenced many of Kipling's poems and stories. Open all year round.
Reviewed 10 October 2017

As Bateman's closes at 5pm you have to get there by 4.30 if you want to see the house. We were late so were only allowed to walk around outside. I plan to return as it is a beautiful house in a glorious setting. The gardens are a mix of formal, walled and cottage; the lake is overlooked by a delightful wood carving of the great man, and some people will love the chance to see his Rolls Royce.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Nice drive down from Kent, weather stayed dry and mild for us. House was really interesting being over 400 years old, and most of the timber is still original.
Amazingly modern, as Rudyard Kipling, had central heating fitted in the 1900’s very innovative.
Door frames date from the 1600’s so are rather low for your average person today.
Gardens are well maintained, even if very formal.

Nice cafe/restaurant next to the house, and the ubiquitous gift shop. Which was well stocked.

Plenty of easy parking.

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

Interesting letters to read from Kipling to his children, house is full of history and well preserved.

Thank Derek M
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

Rudyard Kipling's garden and house is a very interesting visit, which also includes a water mill, where they still operate it to make flour. There is an amazing chainsaw sculpture of Rudyard Kipling in the garden, well worth a visit

Thank Derek M
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batemansadmin, Front Office Manager at Bateman's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Bateman's.
We would point out that whilst it is possible to visit the watermill, this is not currently being used to mill flour. We are waiting for final repairs to the mill and mill pond before we can start milling again and whilst these are well underway it will still be some time to completion.

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Love Batemans as always : attitude to dogs there less so. Disappointed that the off- lead meadow now closed ( seemingly permanently) albeit for sheep grazing; footpath to the right through this gate and behind the Mill had a notice saying it was closed due to a dangerous building, this is in fact a public right of way and part of the National Trail. We could not see where the dangerous house was and followed the path as we could not go into the usual meadow, This is not really a dog- friendly Trust property in the way that others are; how can a dog owner if a lone visitor visit the Loo without tying up the dog? Dog owners must sit out on the main path ( not quite as comfy as main garden for restaurant ) yet seemingly although encouraged to buy Trust meals, they are definitely not allowed ( if lone visitor) to use the loo afterward..and tying up dogs is rightly not encouraged. I have asked this before ( twice) and received no reply.so. Please advise: this needs addressing. Hence my average rating- despite the unique and loveable history of this unique place.

Thank Beatnikbec J
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batemansadmin, Front Office Manager at Bateman's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your comments. We are investigating the meadow closure for sheep grazing as we are unaware of any restriction of this kind.
We are sorry that we have had to close one of the walks through the estate due to an unsafe building. We are working closely with the local authority and our ranger to open up an alternative route around this problem as soon as possible. In the meantime we must consider the safety of walkers on this path and that is why we have felt it necessary to temporarily close this path.
We do not allow dogs and owners to use the tables outside the restaurant on the garden side as this area is available for picnicking and to enable families to enjoy eating together and so feel it is best to keep this a 'dog-free area'. Although it is not possible to use the toilets in the Mulberry Garden if you are a dog owner, our main visitor toilets up at visitor reception may be used by anyone visiting and there is a fence outside where it would be possible to tether your dog.
We are committed to our policy of welcoming dog owners and their pets to Bateman's and thank you for your comments about what we do.

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