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A decorated Christmas tree.

Batemans at Christmas

Sat 26 Nov - Mon 2 Jan

Experience the house at Bateman’s decorated with natural foliage from the estate, a welcoming log fire and real Christmas trees illuminated with twinkly lights and decorations inspired by peacocks, from Kipling’s poem The Glory of the Garden. Bateman’s shop will be offering quality Christmas gifts, gift wrap and cards and the Mulberry Tea-room will have a selection of delicious Christmas treats to tempt you.

26 November 2022–2 January 2023 (except 24-25 December)

Decorated house is open daily from 11am-3.30pm




Normal Admission Prices. i-go offer of up to two carers go free applies.


Booking not needed 

About Bateman’s

Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling

'That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her - quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, felt the first time they saw Bateman's.

Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer and inspired his work.

The rooms, described by him as 'untouched and unfaked', remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East. Kipling wrote Puck of Pook’s Hill and Rewards and Fairies at Bateman's, which includes the poem ‘If’. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907.

Bateman's is very much a family home that feels as though the Kiplings have just gone out for the day.

Learn more about Bateman’s


Mobility and/or building
  • Wheel Chair Accessible Entrance
  • Wheelchair Loan

The ground floor of the house is manual wheelchair friendly. There are chairs available to sit on in every room. Please speak to our friendly staff and volunteers if you want any help or assistance. 

Disabled Parking & Drop-off
  • Blue Badge
  • Designated Disabled Parking
  • Designated mobility parking near Visitor Reception. The surface is tarmacked.
  • Partly accessible grounds with some brick paths.
  • Adapted toilet at Visitor Reception.
  • You are welcome to borrow a wheelchair from Visitor Reception.
  • Assistance dogs on short leads are permitted in all areas.
  • Please be aware that at busier times, to enter the house there may be a queue outdoors in the garden.
  • You can get a full access statement via our website.
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Wheelchair Access to Outdoor Areas
  • Paths

There is a hearing loop in our ticket office.

Hearing Assistance
  • Hearing loop
Guide Dogs
  • Guide Dogs Welcome


Bateman's Bateman's Lane
Burwash, TN19 7DS