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Rudyard Kipling's Rottingdean home goes on sale for £1.5m
A little piece of literary history could be yours as Rudyard Kipling’s Rottingdean home goes on sale.
The Jungle Book author’s country escape, complete with original wood-panelled study, is yours for the tidy sum of £1,595,000.
Set in the heart of Rottingdean, the five-bedroom cottage is being billed as the “quintessential English home”.
Kipling moved into the house, which backs on to the village green, in 1897 as he wanted to be closer to his aunt – who lived next door.
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While living there, he enjoyed one of the most productive periods of his life, writing Recessional (1897), The White Man’s Burden (1899), Just So Stories (1902) and Kim (1902).
The home’s study is immortalised in Sir Philip Burne-Jones 1899 portrait of Kipling which is now housed in the National Portrait Gallery.
He remained in the home – where he reportedly paid three guineas a week – until 1903.
He moved to Burwash following the death of his daughter.
It is also said he grew tired of the tourists stopping outside the front gates to gawp.
The house features four floors and includes a kitchen, dining room, family room, library, hallway, dressing room, five bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The estate agent, Winkworth, says on its website: “This property hosts a complete package of practicality, enchanting pasts and pure beauty.
“A striking spot in the centre of Rottingdean, the former home of the famous author, Rudyard Kipling, oozes grace, poise and commands nothing less than your complete attention. The entirety of this exclusive property is surrounded by plush and effervescent gardens that showcase only the most supreme elements of this idyllic location.
“A beautiful pond, delightful pub, and charming church are all within immediate reach.”
For more information call 01273 772175.
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