Our Day Out at Bateman's National Trust

We are getting used to these Bank Holiday weekends. This past Bank Holiday Monday we went to Bateman's National Trust site which is is Burwash East Sussex and is only a 30 minute drive from us. The weather was lovely so we also packed a picnic and headed off on our adventures. 

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.

The reason we went to Bateman's was because over Half Term they have a children's Smugglers trail where the local Smugglers have hidden things around the garden to find and at the end you'll receive a special medal. 

This was perfect it meant the girls were kept entertained and I got to look around the gardens. 

I really wish my garden was big enough for a greenhouse, too be honest I'd still manage to kill everything. The garden as you'd expect was perfectly set out with little seating areas for you to grab a quiet moment. 

How beautiful does this look? At the end is a bench and I just imagine in the height of Summer with flowers in full bloom it must look stunning. 

As part of the garden there is also a beautiful rose garden and a small pond where a little paddle boat rested. As you walk through the various areas you'll also spot an few beehives which are hidden in the longer grass. 

Following the garden path brings you to the Park Mill where you can go inside and see the features of this 17th Century Watermill and you'll also find the pond out the back. 

The next stop on our adventure was the beautiful meadows that were full of golden colours which was perfect for the warm Spring day. The girls had fun looking for the final treasure box and running in the flowers. 

All that was left now was to head off to one of the picnic areas and enjoy our lunch. Bateman's is a bit of a hidden gem and even though it was Bank Holiday Monday it really wasn't that busy. 

For more information on Bateman's click here to see their website.