Rudyard Kipling’s Vermont home is open for tours

The author of one of the most famous children’s books of all time had a home in Vermont that is open for tours this month.

British author Rudyard Kipling wrote his most famous story, “The Jungle Book”, as well as “Captains Courageous” when he lived in the ship-like house “Naulakha” from 1892-1896. The Nobel laureate also began work on the “Just So Stories” at the home in Dummerston, outside Brattleboro.

The Landmark Trust USA, which oversees the home, will be offering self-guided tours of the property for three days beginning Sunday, June 5. Here are a few details you might want to know before setting off on your Kipling adventure in southern Vermont.

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Rhododendrons are in full bloom

The grounds of Naulakha include a lush tunnel of rhododendron bushes. Those flowering plants have a lot to do with the timing of the tours, as the rhododendrons are likely in full bloom for the occasion, according to a press release announcing the tours. If you’re tired of looking at pretty flowers, an expansive view of the Connecticut River valley might grab your attention.

Kipling’s Horses, Nip and Tuck

The Barn Museum is located on the site. The building was an actual barn that housed Kipling’s horses named Nip and Tuck. The building now serves as a mini-museum, telling the story of Kipling and his family’s life in Vermont. Also on the property are gardens, a stone pergola and a clay tennis court.

Rudyard Kipling had an architect design Naulakha, which means 'precious jewel' in Hindi, to resemble a ship.  The author lived here from 1892 to 1896.

Stay in Naulakha

Visitors to these tours can see the Coach House, where Kipling’s coachman Matthew Howard lived. Guests can also stay overnight there. Not surprisingly, stays at the Koetshuis are popular, so book well in advance. Lodging in the Carriage House costs $270 per night and requires a minimum stay of three nights. Naulakha itself is also available, for $470 per night.

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