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In amongst the generous expanses of natural beauty of East Sussex lies a wealth of fascinating attractions. From the Victorian seaside esplanades of Brighton and Eastbourne, to the golf courses and forests of the South Downs National Park, the county offers something for everyone. One of the prettiest and most interesting attractions in the county is the Jacobean house of Bateman's, in rural Burwash. With a number of hotels nearby, the 17th century property makes a charming addition to any itinerary.

An Insight to the Life of Rudyard Kipling

While the 17th century property has plenty to offer those with an interest in Jacobean history and architecture, what entices most visitors to Bateman's is that the house was once home to the Nobel Prize winning author, Rudyard Kipling.

Now owned and run by the National Trust, the property's interior is left as it would have been when Kipling lived in the home, from 1902 to 1936. From the book-lined study to the oriental rugs, there's plenty within Bateman's to remind visitors of Kipling's life and character.

Fun for All the Family

It's not just fans of Kipling's who will enjoy the National Trust property. The home and grounds are an attraction in their own right. In addition to the functioning watermill in the gardens, there's a children's trail, tea room and gift shop. The site welcomes dogs and provides a good level of disabled access.

Accommodation near Bateman's

Bateman's may be set well back in the rural East Sussex countryside, but that isn't to say visitors will struggle to find accommodation nearby. In fact, many of the finest hotels in East Sussex are tucked away in the countryside and amidst the Downs.

Upper Dicker and Lower Dicker, just to the south of the property offer some intimate and friendly accommodation choices. Starnash Bed and Breakfast is set in delightful grounds, with a terrace and garden ideal for soaking up some summer sun.

Boreham House and Cleavers Lyng Guest House offer peaceful accommodation within easy reach of another of the county's foremost attractions - Herstmontceux Castle. Visitors can venture further south to find some stunning coastal hotels.