Thirty four years the home to Rudyard Kipling, Bateman's is a fine example of a Grade I listed Jacobean Wealden mansion built in 1634. The author bought a dilapidated Bateman's with 33 acres of land for £9,300 in 1902 but was reportedly earning £5,000 annually – serious wonga! Now administered by the National Trust, the house has been preserved as Kipling left it.
Surrounded by country house gardens, there is also a mill a short walks distance. A electric turbine was installed here by Kipling to provide power for the main house. His glass encased Rolls Royce Silver Ghost also deserves a mention. A very relaxing place to visit.