One lazy Sunday, Ian and I took our National Trust Membership cards and set out to explore.
We found ourselves on the way to Bateman's House.
The home of Rudyard Kipling the writer of The Jungle Book. I heard a lot of funny comments on the way round from people saying isn't this the home of the cake person.
I hope they were joking as I think they might be very disappointed. I wasn't though.
On stepping into the garden's you can see exactly why Rudyard Kipling created this place for himself.
The gardens are filled with colourful flowers. Butterflies danced around and there was a feeling of peace. The garden really is a tranquil retreat. I could have stayed sitting there all day.
The house was beautiful and you get the feeling of his travels as you go around the rooms. With hints of the East everywhere. Pretty oriental rugs, a globe artefacts. It still has that homely feel like they might come back at any moment.
I loved the drawings for The Jungle Book that were on display. It put a smile of my face thinking about reading it as a child. The part I found most interesting is that Rudyard Kipling used to get everyone to come to him. For dinner parties or to stay.
Some people said he was a bit of a recluse but to me if you live somewhere like this, why would you want to leave. I'd want to make the most of it. I don't think I'd ever leave.
Going on the walk the landscape jumped out at me and made me feel like I was in book. Maybe that's what he set out to do. To create a place that would give him and his family all they wanted and needed.
Like many National Trust places there's a vast amount of land. Whether you want to go on a long walk or perhaps, a picnic is more your thing. It's all here. It doesn't matter whether you're young, old, a couple or a family. There really is something for everyone.
I couldn't go to a National Trust without visiting their coffee shop. It was a hot day so to cool off I had some Rose Lemonade.
It was a really great day and it was lovely to get to know more about Rudyard Kipling and to see where he lived. There was so much to learn and i'll be going back. I didn't want to spoil it but telling you everything so go take a look for yourself.
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