Our aim as a family this year is to visit more National Trust properties than we did last year. In 2018 we were very bad at visiting places but we want to correct this for 2019. The first one that we ticked off the list was Bateman's National Trust which is the former home of Rudyard Kipling.
Bateman’s is a wonderfully historic house built in 1634 and was where poet and author Rudyard Kipling lived for 34 years. The whole property consists of the main house, gardens, meadows and mill all spread over 330 acres in total.
In the past we’ve always visited Bateman's National Trust in Spring and the garden areas have looked amazing and so did the meadow. This time we were in need of getting some fresh air over the New Year period and this was a place we wanted to visit again. When we visited it was also the final day of the house being decorated with Christmas decorations.
It was a chilly morning but it helped wake us up and blow away the cobwebs. They had a trail on for the girls to follow and answer questions which kept them amused. We first walked around the gardens which are currently undergoing some work for Spring. This is where you’ll get some of the best views of the main house.
As you leave the gardens you walk along the river towards the mill (which is currently undergoing restoration) , you’re able to go inside the mill and during peak times they have demonstrations going on. Towards the rear of the mill is Mill Pond which is where the bulk of the work is currently going on and it’ll look wonderful when it’s completed later in 2019.
When the weather’s a bit better the meadows will also be full of golden flowers and makes for a beautiful place to walk and enjoy a little picnic.
Before we headed into the main house which normally opens an hour after the garden does, we went into the newly refurbished Mulberry Tea-room for some cake and a cup of tea to warm us up.
You can’t beat a bit of cake and a cup of tea at a National Trust property.
We love walking around the houses and getting a sense of what it must have felt like to live it in. They are always so perfectly preserved and the helpers in the homes do a wonderful job in teaching you about what it was like back then.
We all take a real interest in seeing how they used to go about their work and chores without the modern appliances that we have become so used to. The kitchens are always a highlight for us plus sometimes they might be cooking in there with food for you to try.
We’ve managed to tick off number 1 on our National Trust list for 2019, if we can get to 12 then we’ve visited one a month which shouldn’t be too difficult.
Are you members of National Trust? No often do you visit?