Discover the beautiful 17th-century home of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book. Plenty to entertain children, including:
* Explore inside the house with the help of the children's spotting trail
* Visit the water mill (Park Mill) and learn how it was once used to grind
* Play in the brilliant natural play area with its wooden bridges, rope
crossings, swings, seesaw and climbing obstacles.
* Discover the beautiful gardens - spot fish in the pond and find the free
range chickens that roam around the Wild Garden
Free for National Trust members and children under 5 years
Bateman's Ln, Burwash, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7DS
Free for NT members. Non-members £3
There are 3 walks (from 2 to 2.5 miles)
Mar-Oct: 10am-5pm daily (house 11am-5pm). Nov-Feb: 10am-4pm daily (house 11am - 3.30pm)
The ground floor of the house (except for the dining room) is accessible to wheelchair users; unfortunately there is no lift to the upper floor. There is an accessible route to the house and around the gardens (see map), however on rainy days some of the paths on the estate can get a little muddy.
Enjoying a wonderful garden setting, the Mulberry tea-room offers children's lunch boxes, as well as half portions of some of the main meals. Bottles and baby food can also be warmed up here.
Alternatively, visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. There are dedicated picnic tables in and around the natural play area, which is a really lovely spot to sit and watch the children play on a sunny day! Whilst the play area is a great place for children of all ages, younger children will need to be helped across many of the obstacles.
Dogs are welcome in the grounds at Batemans (but not the house). Pick up one of the estate maps and explore some of the 300 acres of rolling countryside.